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Planesrunner (Everness, Book One) Hardcover – December 20, 2011
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"This is science fiction adventure at its best, and at its core is Everett, the heroic little geekling that we all wanted to be as kids... With "Ten Known Worlds" as part of this book's lore... I want an interdimensional passport ASAP... The adventure simply never stops... Snappy dialogue...and fascinating details round out this marvelous series debut." --Speculative Fiction Examiner
"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
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So, here it is: Planesrunner, book one in Ian McDonald's brand new EVERNESS series, which -- based on this first novel -- I hope will be a very long series of YA science fiction novels. Boy, this book was fun.
One night in London, fourteen-year-old Everett Singh is witness to his father's kidnapping. The man disappears without a trace, and the authorities seem strangely unmotivated to pursue the investigation. Everett's father, who is a theoretical physicist, left him the Infundibulum, a mysterious app which turns out to be the map of an infinite number of parallel universes. Armed with nothing but the Infundibulum and his wits, Everett sets out on a multi-dimensional quest to find his father....
Everett Singh is a wonderful main character who balances the delicate line between normal and awesome. On the one hand, he's a fairly average, somewhat geeky British teenager. He's the goalkeeper for his school's soccer team. He likes Tottenham Hotspur. His parents are divorced, and he's clearly still trying to cope with the break-up of his family. On the other hand, his dad is a genius physicist specializing in quantum theory, and it so happens that Everett has inherited his dad's massive intellect -- as well as his love of cooking.Read more ›
The prose in Planesrunner was simpler than I expected, likely due to the YA audience, but also doesn't speak down to its younger readers, weaving some wonderful imagery and thoughtful themes through the narrative. Like all literature, the best YA respects its readers and Planesrunner embraces that mentality.
It's clear that McDonald put a lot of effort into what really makes an appealing novel for younger readers, and in the process peels back the layers to examine what makes YA so much more enjoyable than a lot of `adult' fiction. Most interesting is the idea that younger readers have an improved mental agility that allows them to jump around the story, absorbing different ideas, concepts and plot strings without needing the constant infodumps and explanations that bog down so much of adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.Read more ›
In our increasingly post literate world even established writers are struggling to get their work published. In addition to Fifty Shades of Grey, the area that is growing the most in book publishing is the "young adult" genre. The Harry Potter books have been massive sellers, as have the The Hunger Games books by Suzanne Collins. Some writers Scott Westerfeld, who have written very adult book like Evolution's Darling (now out of print) and the The Risen Empire books only writes Young Adult fiction.
I don't know if commercial considerations were a reason that Ian McDonald chose to write the Everness book Planesrunner and it's sequel Be My Enemy, which are both categorized as Young Adult fiction.Read more ›
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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 6 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 11 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 15 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 20 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 23 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)