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Quantum Coin Hardcover – October 2, 2012

4.1 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
Book 2 of 2 in the Coin Series

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PRAISE FOR QUANTUM COIN

"Not just a great YA novel, Quantum Coin is a great science fiction novel in general. There is an abundance of heart and science to go around."
-SF Signal

"[Quantum Coin] ups the ante for fantasy fans everywhere, without letting other elements of the story wither. The romantic tension throughout highlights the maturation of the characters. Unlike many sequels, this one wraps up loose ends in a satisfactory fashion."
-RT Book Reviews, Four stars (Compelling - Page-turner)

PRAISE FOR FAIR COIN

"Warning: This Book is Pure Awesome Crack. Tired of cookie-cutter young-adult novels?.... [Fair Coin] achieves the feat of seeming like a dark fairy tale and a clever science fiction epic rolled into one. It's a fast-moving book full of twists and cool character moments and is definitely ideal for adults who miss the days of engaging, idea-driven science fiction."
- io9

"Funny, flirtatious, and unexpectedly poignant, Fair Coin takes the phrase 'be careful what you wish for' and runs with it. A stand-out debut from an author to watch."
- Lauren McLaughlin, author of Scored

"[A] well-written, fast-paced, EPIC adventure. There are plot twists you will never see coming and enough science fiction elements to satisfy even the hungriest nerd brain! In my opinion, it accurately portrays . . . what teenagers would do if they had the entire universe at their disposal."
- Mother/Gamer/Writer

"I thoroughly loved this book. Rather than finding just another same-old, same-old book, this one smashed through the mold. . . . I highly recommend [Fair Coin] to all fans of YA, especially those who enjoy male MCs, science fiction, and fantasy."
-I Swim for Oceans

"This one reminded me a lot of Scott Westerfeld's Uglies. There's so much to love here: madcap adventure, chewy theoretical physics, realistic angst, serious stakes leavened by hilarious snark. The kind of book smart kids will love."
- N. K. Jemisin, author of the Inheritance Trilogy

"A refreshingly unique read. . . . I loved the characters, I loved the concept, and most of all, I loved how immersed I was in the story."
- Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile

"Myers has written a novel that makes the reader think. . . . It is humorous, emotional, and complex in a refreshing way, and I think it's a book that anyone who enjoys science fiction could really love."
-Literary Obsession

"Cerebral science fiction with enough romance and two-fisted action to keep it from getting too bogged down in its own ideas. A great read for just about anyone."
-Guys Lit Wire

About the Author

E.C. Myers was assembled from Korean and German parts in Yonkers, New York, where he was raised jointly by a mother and the public library. He is a graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop and a member of the prolific NYC writing group Altered Fluid. Fair Coin was his first novel. In the rare moments when he isn't writing, he blogs about Star Trek at theviewscreen.com, plays video games, watches classic films and television, sleeps as little as possible, and spends too much time on the internet. To find out more about E.C. Myers and his activities, short story publications, and novels, visit ecmyers.net, or find him on Twitter @ecmeyers.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Pyr; First Edition, First Printing edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616146826
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616146825
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,104,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Nickolas X. P. Sharps VINE VOICE on October 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
REVIEW SUMMARY: Back to the Future meets Three's Company in this heart-warming science fiction thrill ride.

MY RATING: 4 Stars

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Ephraim thought his troubles with the multiverse were over. That is, until he has an unexpected reunion with a close friend from another dimension. Now Eph and his friends in this reality and the next must work together if they are to prevent the multiverse from hitting 'reset.'

PROS: Lovable characters, theoretical science, youthful energy, and complex relationships.

CONS: Loose ends tie up a little too cleanly.

BOTTOM LINE: Not just a great YA novel, Quantum Coin is a great science fiction novel in general. There is an abundance of heart and science to go around.

"I was promised flying cars and jetpacks," Ephraim said.
"You got alternate universes. Don't be greedy," Nathaniel said.

Ephraim Scott is just a regular guy. A regular guy that has traveled across multiple dimensions and ended the crime spree of a sociopathic alternate of his best friend. All that dimension hopping is now behind him and he is eager to move on with his life. Then Zoe, an alternate version of his girl friend Jena, crosses over into his reality. The multiverse is unraveling and Eph is needed to set things straight. The mission may not be so simple this time, given that meddling in alternate realities could be the very source of the problem.

Young adults are not stupid. Really, they're not. Just a couple months ago I read Fair Coin by E.C. Myers and it blew me away. Finally, a YA novel that broke away from the dystopia bandwagon and provided a science fiction journey that didn't skimp on the science!
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...you got 99 parallel universes and a girlfriend in every one.

Quantum Coin is the follow up to Fair Coin, which was a fun YA romp in which a geeky kid named Ephraim Scott discovered a quarter in his locker that let him jump into parallel universes. And in some of them, Jena Kim, the girl of his dreams, actually liked him.

The sci-fi twist is that in a more futuristic version of their world, Jena, Ephraim and his best friend Nathan are reality-hopping explorers. The 'quarter' that Ephraim discovered is actually one half of a device keyed specifically to his biometrics that allows them to universe-hop.

But the three teens encounter alternate versions of themselves called 'analogs' in almost every universe they visit, and trouble starts when one of the Nathans turns out to be a psychopath who strands Ephraim in a terrifying alternate-reality.

By the end of Fair Coin Ephraim gets the girl (in this case a hard-edged 'analog' of Jena Kim named Zoe Kim), thwarts Evil Nathan, and returns to his home reality. The coin's power is used up and all seems to be restored to normal.

Quantum Coin picks up a year later. Ephraim is now dating the Jena Kim from his own reality and everything seems peachy. Until Zoe Kim shows up, having escaped from her own parallel universe, to tell Ephraim that things are falling apart and the Multiverse itself is at stake!

Yes, really.

Something is causing the fabric of the parallel universes to unravel and Ephraim and Zoe, with Jena tagging along, need to figure out what.
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Obviously, you should be cautious reading this review unless you've already read Fair Coin. I will keep things as spoiler-free as possible for book one, but that's pretty tricky. First and last paragraph will be spoiler-free totally. Now, if you've read my review for Fair Coin, you know that I quite liked it, but did have some reservations. Happily, Quantum Coin proves that the second book in a series can be stronger than its predecessor. If you were on the fence about reading Fair Coin, I'm telling you now that the awesomeness of this the sequel should cause you to choose the universe where you read E.C. Myer's Coin series.

Where Fair Coin has a fantasy feel for much of the book, Quantum Coin is straight science fiction, and I revelled in that, since I don't get nearly enough of that genre. In the first book, I had some difficulty grasping the concepts, though not to the point of frustration, but I felt less a fish out of water on this second go round. I'm not saying that I completely understood everything, but I didn't have any real WTF IS HAPPENING moments either. Myers does an excellent job keeping things on a manageable level of detail.

My main stumbling block in the first book were the characters, who, while not entirely unlikable, did venture into the unbelievable sometimes. They got better as they went along, and continued to develop and grow throughout this book as well. Ephraim and Nathan are way better in this book, and I liked how everyone got to be important at some time or other, though the Jenas really did rule the whole figuring things out part. Doug may be one of the cutest kids in literature, as he charmed my miserly heart. Dick made me laugh; you'll find out why towards the end.

I did not like the Jenas/Zoe, though.
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