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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
The strength of this tale are the many interesting and memorable characters.
If you've been aching to find that amazing young adult read that mixes science fiction with high adventure this is definitely the book you need to pick up.
Still I think the book is worth picking up, and I can't wait 'til the next book in the series comes out.
Ian McDonald envisioned an harmonic way to mix steampunk with ancient galactic empires & the multiverse. Entertaining fiction for teenagers up to my grandma.Published 4 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 6 months ago by Tabitha @ Not Yet Read
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 11 months ago 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 12 months ago 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 16 months ago 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 16 months ago by Lisa (Starmetal Oak Reviews)
Planesrunner is sci-fi author Ian McDonald's first foray into YA, and it's pretty good. I've only read his River of Gods and Cyberabad Days, and it was great to see a different... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kriti Godey
Planesrunner by Ian McDonald (2011)
I liked a lot of things about the basic premise of this story. Read more
I have enjoyed this and the sequel, Be Mine Enemy, very much. I am looking forward to the third installment. Read morePublished 19 months ago by ECarlson