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The Flight of the Silvers Hardcover – February 4, 2014


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Rider Press (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399164987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399164989
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

In this first installment of a projected series (The Silvers Saga), two sisters in their twenties, Amanda and Hannah, are inexplicably transported to an alternate reality—a sort of faux San Diego—after their own world comes (quite literally) crashing down around them. Together with other people from their world, each of them, like Hannah and Amanda, wearing a mysterious silver bracelet, the sisters wind up at a scientific research compound, where Sterling Quint, a temporal physicist, tries to figure out how they got here. The cast is engaging (it includes a 16-year-old Australian boy, a girl who’s been separated from her entire family, and an affable cartoonist), and the author has created an alternate-reality world that is both bewilderingly different and reassuringly familiar. Much of the book is devoted to introducing the characters, their new world, and the strange time-affecting abilities they seem to possess, but there’s also a good story here, as our small group of Silvers start an adventure that will, they hope, lead them to an understanding of what has happened to them. A highly imaginative exercise in world building that also features characters it’s very easy to care about. --David Pitt

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“A mind-bending work of science fiction, Flight of the Silvers pairs an excellently paced plot with well-written and fully realized characters. If you’re new to the science fiction world, Daniel Price’s chunkster might just be the book to draw you into the genre.... It’s really the characters that make Flight of the Silvers worth reading. Price took his time carefully constructing and molding each of the main characters. These people leap off the page, with all of their flaws and ugly bits; they’re so incredibly realistic and three dimensional. Even though they’re not perfect, readers will enjoy getting to know each of these characters and understanding them. They are what carry the narrative; as the reader becomes emotionally invested in these characters, it becomes crucial that they survive their ordeals....This is a novel that will impress fans of science fiction, but the great characters will appeal to readers in all genres. You should absolutely plan on picking it up as soon as possible.” --S. Krishna’s Books blog

“VERDICT: This first volume in a planned trilogy is fascinating sf; Price's (Slick) strong, engaging characters and fast-moving plot will keep readers on their toes. Highly recommended for fans of apocalyptic and dystopian fiction.”Library Journal (starred review)

“An absorbing adventure with a fresh take on both the parallel-universe and the paranormal subgenres. You'll get pulled in.” Kirkus (starred review)

“Daniel Price has given readers the first installment of what promises to be a well-wrought sci-fi saga, colored by intriguing ideas and complex characters adrift in a wonderfully weird world. The Flight of the Silvers is thought-provoking, cinematic in scope…and very, very good.” --The Maine Edge

“Price deserves credit for creating immediately relatable characters whose motivations are understandable even when not so commendable. But he deserves out-and-out praise for doing so while constantly upping the temporal ante. The reader’s uncertainty concerning the rules of this new world may well mirror that felt by the protagonists, but the shared confusion never ruins the immersion. As a result, any hours spent reading The Flight of the Silvers will be time well spent.” --BookPage

“In The Flight of the Silvers, Daniel Price’s time-bending X-Men travel through an alternative America that is both alien and disturbingly familiar. Fast-paced, poignant, and absorbing.” —Emily Croy Barker, author of The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic

“The cast is engaging (it includes a 16-year-old Australian boy, a girl who’s been separated from her entire family, and an affable cartoonist), and the author has created an alternate-reality world that is both bewilderingly different and reassuringly familiar…. A highly imaginative exercise in world building that also features characters it’s very easy to care about.”Booklist

The Flight of the Silvers is a fabulous piece of speculative fiction. Its opening chapter is completely captivating, introducing Amanda and Hannah in a way that is unforgettable… This is an intricately plotted novel and it is also a beautifully written one. Enjoyable wordplay – including the creation of new words and the clever use of phrases – make The Flight of the Silvers as intellectually engaging as it is fun…. It’s a substantial book but a hugely enjoyable one and it is extremely difficult to put down. There is no doubt that in places it is bonkers. It’s impossible to tell what will happen next but whatever that thing is it will shock, horrify or delight. The air of foreboding is also chilling. All described and told with the lightest of touches and an exuberance.” –For Winter Nights blog

"A roller coaster ride describes this book pretty accurately. Fast-paced, twisty-and-turny, with some peaks and lulls, and ultimately extremely difficult to put down until the very last page. I’ve never read any story quite like it." — The Book Adventures blog

"One of the most entertaining time-travel stories I’ve read in years." — Rosemary & Reading Glasses blog

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This is a wonderful book with a unique story line, excellent world building and strong character development.
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Which, even though the prose was relatively simplistic, made certain points overly wordy and downright muddled.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Brendan Davis on February 18, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I’m always loathe to say that something I read in February is The Book of the Year. Like saying a Tuesday is the worst day of the week, or that your only time visiting New York was your favorite time, it seems like damning it with faint praise at best, or, more likely, a pithy insult. So understand when I say that when I say this is The Book of the Year, I mean it because I have trouble imagining a better book coming out this year, or possibly for years to come.

This is The Book of the Year. Hell, this is in my top three ever, and I’m not trying to humble brag when I say I read I a book every ten days. The Flight of the Silvers is just that goddamn good.

A lot of people look down on science fiction and fantasy. They scoff at it because so many people who write in that genre are terrible authors who happen to have a good idea or two. So the books they write may be based on an interesting premise, and that premise may be well developed, but ultimately their writing is atrocious. And their novels are driven by that premise, and character development is all but abandoned. For all that I love Philip K. Dick, I refer to this as the PKD Problem.

Sometimes these scoffers write “magical realism.” Which is a genre defined being written by people who don’t love science fiction and fantasy, are never well developed from an interesting premise, but have a character-driven story.

Many people don’t understand that science fiction and fantasy don’t preclude both. A book can have an amazing story and an amazing premise. It can provoke the mind, provide a sense of awe, and make you feel as attached to the characters as you would Raskolnikov or Tom Sawyer. There just aren’t a lot of books like that. In fact, there are very, very few.

This is one of those books.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By jdeco on February 12, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I heard about this book when I saw a tweet from Penguin highlighting the 2.99 ebook sale price. The description sounded intriguing, so I downloaded it. But somehow I failed to see the last sentence - "Brilliantly imagined and electrifying from the first page, The Flight of the Silvers is the thrilling first book in a genre-bending new series."

And so I started reading - blissfully unaware that after finishing 600+ pages, I'd be left hanging with a million unanswered questions, already missing characters that I'd formed a serious attachment to & plotting ways to create a portal into Daniel Price's apartment to try and read the draft of the next book or better yet, shift time to when the whole series is complete.

The FAQs on the authors site helped a bit with some of my questions: [...]

Unfortunately, most of the answers were: "that will be answered in book 2" or even "that will be answered in book 3"!

Perhaps Amazon could update the book description with a warning to readers about suffering withdrawal symptoms after finishing The Flight of the Silvers!

Aside from that, I have to say I loved this book. I don't post a lot of reviews & I'm pretty stingy with my 5 star ratings.

I was immediately drawn into the story from the beginning. Who were those 3 strangers who could slow down time & why did they save the Givens family? What was it about the sisters that would be important? I had to know more.

In addition to the unique story, I really liked the characters. What I liked most is that none of them are perfect and as a result, they become more "real". There aren't always clear dividing lines between good & evil.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Soyer on February 4, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Short review: A superbly entertaining science fiction novel with a fascinatingly complex and well thought out plot.

Okay, you need more than that to pay the price of admission, right? I don't blame you!

The long review: The Flight of the Silvers, by Daniel Price is the type of novel that all science fiction authors should aspire to write. According to the author notes, Mr. Price spent three years writing this marvelous story and it shows; it shows itself in the intimately drawn characters, with all of their flaws, insecurities, strengths, and especially their personalities.

Chapter one: Our universe comes to an end! Trust me, that's not a plot spoiler -- it's the beginning of a harrowing ride for six protagonists who are "saved" by a trio of mysterious . . . humans ("quote--unquote") and are transplanted into an alternate universe, an Earth mostly like our own but also different in many disturbing ways. In this new, alternate universe, a "split" from our own, the inhabitants have discovered time manipulation through technology. However, our six characters don't need this technology because each of them have an innate, or genetically programmed ability to shape, or read, or alter, or communicate with, or predict the future. Thanks to mysterious benefactors, they wind-up in a laboratory where they are the subjects. That's a gross simplification that doesn't do justice to what Mr. Price has written. They're aliens in an alien Earth. (Thank you, Mr. Heinlein!)

Six young individuals who are torn from OUR universe and wind-up in another, scary one where they are not welcomed and are hunted down by many who want to kill them. Through the course of the book, their variously specialized skills are slowly realized and developed.
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