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Be My Enemy (Everness) Hardcover – September 4, 2012
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From School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Teen science whiz and star goalie Everett Singh is back in this exciting sequel to Planesrunner (PYR, 2011). As he found out in the first volume, there are many Earths, many universes. The key to traveling among them is the Infundibulum, an electronic map of the multiverse created by his dad. But Dr. Singh is missing, "shot" into a random parallel universe, and before Everett can find him he has to escape from Charlotte Villiers and her storm troopers. Villiers has big plans and needs the Infundibulum to carry them out, but Everett is too fast and too smart for her. So she recruits the only person in the known worlds who can catch him-his double from another Earth. With the crew of the airship Everness, from the electro-steampunk Earth 3, Everett jumps through alternate universes, trying to stay one step ahead of Villiers and the one enemy who knows him as well as he knows himself. McDonald is a master of science fiction, and this story is chock-full of danger and excitement as well as mind-bending physics. The science doesn't overwhelm but readers will be far less confused, especially at the start, if they read Planesrunner first. The author once again includes a helpful glossary of Palari, the Airish argot of the Everness crew. The climax is heart-stopping and shows Everett at his genius best. The ominous denouement will leave readers hungry for the next installment.-Anthony C. Doyle, Livingston High School Library, CAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Praise for Be My Enemy:
"Smart, clever and abundantly original, with suspense that grabs your eyeballs, this is real science fiction for all ages…More! More!"
-Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
"Another fun, fast read. There are times when these books just sparkle with innovation and adventure and humor.... A blast from start to finish. As far as I'm concerned, Ian McDonald could write another dozen or so of these Everness novels, and I'd happily read them all."
"It's clear that McDonald is having fun with this. …[he] has used the many-worlds trope in a far more interesting way than most writers, and his invention shows no signs of flagging."
“Be My Enemy also has more of what makes McDonald's adult fiction some of the best work I've ever read: a gifted ear for poesie that makes the English language sing, the unapologetic presumption of the reader's ability to understand what's going on without a lot of hand-holding, and a technological mysticism that never explicitly says when the literal stops and the fantasy starts. …If you held off on reading Planesrunner because you didn't want to commit to a series without knowing if the author could keep up the quality, have no fear. McDonald has proven himself handily.”
“…I was more than satisfied with the book and anyone, young adult or otherwise, who has read the first book will find much to love here, and will likely be as eager as I for the next volume in the series.”
“McDonald is a master of science fiction, and this story is chock-full of danger and excitement as well as mind-bending physics. …The climax is heart-stopping and shows Everett at his genius best. The ominous denouement will leave readers hungry for the next installment.”
-School Library Journal
“[T]his series is a bit like Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials….As a bonus, the books have cyborg shootouts, airships, their own Tarot deck and a secret language. There is something for everyone here...”
“[T]he pace is fast and crisp throughout... it's a fun, entertaining, more and more complex work featuring an engaging cast of characters. If like me, you have a bias against YA books, McDonald's Everness series should win you over. Writing for a younger audience imbues McDonald's writing with a certain exuberance that I found intoxicating.”
-Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist
“[T]his is a work in which the plot is paramount…McDonald adds enough new threats and complications into the mix to keep this fizzing along as well as he did in the first volume. This is not vintage Ian McDonald, but it is an appealing piece of storytelling that keeps us reading happily enough.”
Praise for Planesrunner:
"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. . . . Suspense rules. . . . Shining imagination, pulsing suspense and sparkling writing make this one stand out."
-Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"I am totally into this book. It's cool, it's fun, and it's exciting. Hanging out with this book makes me feel a little cooler and a little smarter. Plus, I feel like I'm dating the kind of book I always want to date."
-Forever Young Adult
"Chock-full of awesome. Ian McDonald's steampunk London blazes on a vast scale with eyepopping towers, gritty streets, and larger-than-life characters who aren't afraid to fight for each other. The kind of airship-dueling, guns-blazing fantasy that makes me wish I could pop through to the next reality over, join the Airish, and take to the skies."
-Paolo Bacigalupi author of Ship Breaker
"McDonald writes with scientific and literary sophistication, as well as a wicked sense of humor. Add nonstop action, eccentric characters, and expert universe building, and this first volume of the Everness series is a winner."
-Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Smashing adventure fiction that spans the multiverse without ever losing its cool or its sense of style. McDonald is one of the greats of science fiction, and his young adult debut is everything you could hope for: romantic, action-packed, wildly imaginative, and full of heart."
-Cory Doctorow, author of For the Win
"Planesrunner is not only excellent YA SF . . . but is simply good SF in a way which almost reinvents, and possibly makes addictive, the old parallel-universe trope. It's fun."
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Top customer reviews
These are wonderful books. The plots are compelling and full of interesting ideas, like Ian McDonald's other books. The characters are not stereotypes, but have depth and complexity. When Planesrunner was first published I was worried that Ian McDonald had watered down his usual great writing. Instead I found Planesrunner a great book and immediately purchased By My Enemy.
Be My Enemy is a darker book than Planesrunner. The crew of the airship Everness flee through the worlds parallel worlds of the universe trying to protect a secret that will open up all of the universes to potentially grant power to people who have done some evil things (Its worth noting that as in real life, the people who do the evil things don't think that they're evil, they think that they are forced to take these extreme actions).
These are Young Adult books only in that the central characters are teenagers (Everett Singh and Sen, who is teenage girl), the plot omits any explicit sex and Ian McDonald has toned down the complexity of his writing a small amount. I found these books compelling and I look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series. Since I will have to wait for the sequel, it is fortunate that these books have a power that is difficult to forget.
I was bemoaning the lack of quality dimensional fiction and this delivered.
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