"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.
A pleasure to read for its inventiveness, well-conceived characters, and well-drawn alternative reality that draws on nothing else you've read.Published 18 hours 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 4 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 9 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 11 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 16 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 17 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 21 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 22 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 23 months ago by Kriti Godey