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"Science fiction rules in this stellar series opener about a boy who travels to parallel universes. What joy to find science fiction based on real scientific concepts... In his debut for teens, established science-fiction writer McDonald builds a world just different enough to charm readers into believing, populating it with entertaining, quirky characters, spicing up the story with Punjabi cooking and a secret dialect (complete with glossary) and explaining the multiverse theory in readily comprehensible terms. Suspense rules, and Everett's advantages come from both his football goalie skills and his intelligence. Shining imagination, pulsing suspense and sparkling writing make this one stand out. As [character] Sen would say, "fantabulosa bona."" --Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
I'm a fan of Ian McDonald. I accidentally picked this up not realizing it was YA. Frankly, I've found there to be little difference in YA written stories from 'Adult' stories... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Charlie Watanbe
A pleasure to read for its inventiveness, well-conceived characters, and well-drawn alternative reality that draws on nothing else you've read.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good book but I bought it based on the incredible Brasil and The Dervish House - not as good in my opinion but still worth a readPublished 13 months ago by eldcondornz
Ian McDonald envisioned an harmonic way to mix steampunk with ancient galactic empires & the multiverse. Entertaining fiction for teenagers up to my grandma.Published 18 months ago by awangenh
Endless alternate worlds to our own, and young Everett holds the key to them all in PLANESRUNNER. Sounds like a dream come true... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Pabkins
But it was definitely an enjoy to read. You feel already from the first part that this is a series and you are reading the introduction. Read morePublished on October 11, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Planesrunner is a perfect beach read - tons of action, supporting characters who are more interesting than the protagonist, no serious themes and no real surprises. Read morePublished on September 14, 2013 by PDXbibliophile
Ian McDonald's "Planesrunner" (Pyr, $16.95, 268 pages) comes to a conclusion at the end of the first book of the Everness series, which is always a pleasant surprise. Read morePublished on May 10, 2013 by Clay Kallam
Planesrunner really surprised me. I knew it was science fiction (that's why I wanted to read it) but it turned out to contain some pretty awesome concepts. Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by Lisa (Starmetal Oak Reviews)