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Product Details

  • Series: Interworld
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Book Club Edition edition (April 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062067966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062067968
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 7-10-Sixteen-year-old Joey Harker and his band of freedom fighters attempt to save the Altiverse from those who fight to control its science-magic balance. But things get complicated when Acacia, a mysterious and beautiful stranger, follows Joey back into the InterWorld Base. Joey is surprised to learn that she knows a lot-maybe too much-about InterWorld. With war looming, Joey is not sure whether he and his team should trust her. The Silver Dream will be challenging for teens who have not read InterWorld (HarperCollins, 2007). It includes many technological terms, places, and equipment without offering much explanation as to what they are. A slew of characters whose names begin with the letter J is thrown at readers all at once, making it difficult to remember who's who. While The Silver Dream will not appeal to a huge audience, it will find a following among readers who enjoyed the first book, Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Harmony, 1980), and Star Trek.-Leigh Collazo, Ed Willkie Middle School, Fort Worth, TXα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

According to the fine print on the cover and title page, this was “written by Michael and Mallory Reeves.” Gaiman coauthored InterWorld (2007), to which this is the sequel, but his name is in large letters on the jacket. This meandering effort sends teen “Walker” Joey Harker from an alternate universe through a series of randomly strung-together battles and chases in various times and climes with foes both new and previously met. With help from the ghost of a character killed in the first episode and a newly introduced female lead, Acacia “Don’t Call Me ‘Casey’” Jones, Joey survives multiple betrayals and broken bones to witness the final stages of an evil scheme to reboot the myriad earths of the Altiverse. The bad guys then let him go for no evident reason beyond leaving the door open for further sequels. Readers who don’t need to have every (or any) odd occurrence and strange coincidence tied into the main plot as long as the action keeps coming will keep going with this one. Grades 5-8. --John Peters

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I make things up and write them down. Which takes us from comics (like SANDMAN) to novels (like ANANSI BOYS and AMERICAN GODS) to short stories (some are collected in SMOKE AND MIRRORS) and to occasionally movies (like Dave McKean's MIRRORMASK or the NEVERWHERE TV series, or my own short film A SHORT FILM ABOUT JOHN BOLTON).

In my spare time I read and sleep and eat and try to keep the blog at more or less up to date.

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Customer Reviews

Too bad there's so much nothing between one good bit and another.
Sofia Wickerhauser
I even felt satisfied with the ending, but again, the pace, the choppiness, the over-explanation...It made this "quick" read more troublesome than it needed to be.
This is a great book for kids and adults who love young adult literature.
Mary E. Shipman

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Camuspam on August 9, 2013
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So, after reading "Interworld" and being such a huge Gaiman fan I was honor-bound to read this.

This time I entered eyes wide open.

Neil Gaiman did not write this book.
Neil Gaiman came up with the concept.
Michael and Mallory Reaves wrote this book.
Ok, now I won't scale my expectations.

It was still "blah."
Not saying "bad."
It was nowhere near "bad," but it was "blah."

I felt like Reaves spent an awful lot of time reacquainting the reader with the worlds created, the powers used, the past trials and tribulations, etc.
HEY! I read the last book dude. A little lead-in would have been fine, but you went on way too far.

Again, I like many of the concepts ("Walking," Alternate universes based on choice, all of the characters being different versions of the same essence, but all from different worlds), but I swear, the characters got so muddled. At one point I actually got dizzy (literally) swimming in a sea of names that start with the letter "J." I stopped trying to figure out who was doing what and kept plodding forth through the meat.

Still, this is a YA novel so I understand who the target audience is.
My almost 10 year-old son just finished "Interworld" and he loved it (though, conceptually I think he will enjoy it a little more when he is a bit older).

The addition of actual "Time-travel" is nice as it adds an extra dimension to explore in this and future novels (literally and figuratively). The characters along with this nuance are quite interesting as well and I am intrigued to see what will come of them next installment (and there will be many).
I even felt satisfied with the ending, but again, the pace, the choppiness, the over-explanation...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Mielke on May 2, 2013
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I am twenty eight, and yes, I know this book is supposed to be for teenagers. When I read the first InterWorld Novel I didnt know the target audience and after a few chapters started feeling like maybe it was below my reading level. Then I hit the chapter where they start to explain the physics, math and science of InterWorld and I started to think "maybe this book is ABOVE my reading level". I pushed on, but the jar of youthful narration and high end theory came off as a bit clunky. In the second book this problem has been smoothed out considerably. The whole book feels much more like it could be read at any age.

I really enjoyed InterWorld: The Silver Dream. I enjoyed the bright little glimpses of other students and teachers, I liked the commentary on what life would be like if everyone you went to school with was you, and I liked Acacia and that even after the book she is still so much a mystery. The similarities between Joe/y and the Old Man also intrigue me, I'm sure there's more there than what has been revealed so far and I cant wait to read it.

Of course the cliffhanger type ending irks me a little bit, I much prefer teaser 'more to come' endings if there is an add in the back of the book for the next book coming out (which there wasn't). Seriously hope this isnt the end of the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Davis on August 28, 2013
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Another sequel that, unfortunately, does not live up to the first one in the series. Although this story started well, continuing the adventures of the likable Joey from the first Interworld novel, it became quite difficult to follow. Perhaps it will all come together and make sense in the third one, but I'm afraid I've lost interest in the series and so I will never know.
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21 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Sofia Wickerhauser on April 24, 2013
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Do you know when you spend years thinking, "God, if only there was a sequel to that amazing book, there were so many possibilities!"
Forget that. This book is a complete letdown. It's like the authors just said, "InterWorld ends with literally worlds of possibilities for wonderful sequels. Let's ignore all these possibilities and go with something clichéd and disappointing instead!"
I was exactly at page eight when I realized what a mess I had gotten my self into as River Song materialized out of the Land of Plot Convenience. This is not a novel. This is an InterWorld fanfiction and Miss Acacia Jones is the so-called "Mary Sue" character.
Acacia Jones has to be one of the most over the top characters I have had the displeasure of reading about. She is smart, funny, gorgeous, powerful, Deus ex machina-ish, and a list of other things that made me want to roll my eyes every two pages. And she has no problems admitting to being awesome. Why shouldn't she? She knows she is amazing...
If you mentally facepalm yourself several times throughout the book, know you are not alone.
Of course, Joey falls in love with her instantly - not joking - and she quite happily invades Home Base.
For a super secret place only Walkers are supposed to be able to reach, everyone takes pretty well the presence of a complete stranger. They are surprised, but as surprise as if they were getting a new student at school, definitely NOT the reaction they should have now that their home has been proven to be unsafe! Seriously, weren't they super cautious and suspicious before? What's up with, "Hey, you're an annoyingly smug chick that we've never seen or heard of before, you're not even a Walker and you think you can walk around our home like you own the place. Welcome.
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