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Quantum Coin Hardcover – October 2, 2012
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"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."
"[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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
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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!Read more ›
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!
Something is causing the fabric of the parallel universes to unravel and Ephraim and Zoe, with Jena tagging along, need to figure out what.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quantum Coin is the second book to Fair Coin, and I think the last since no other has been announced (to my knowledge). Read morePublished 5 months ago by Fable's Library
considering how forced follow ups and trilogys seem these days, it was not only great to see a follow up to the wonderful Fair Coin, but one that felt like it earned the story it... Read morePublished on May 6, 2014 by Mike S.
Awesome read this author is only going to get better I liked that he based at least one character on a real personPublished on July 21, 2013 by Ameer Robinson
My mind is officially boggled and blown. But mostly boggled. Quantum Coin was an awesome sequel and conclusion! Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by Angie
I found the the sequel to E.C. Myers' Fair Coin in the library a few weeks back and checked it out because I was curious to find out what had happened to the characters he had... Read morePublished on May 10, 2013 by Alisa Russell
It's a strange thing. I thought Fair Coin was great, and enthusiastically purchased this sequel the moment I finished Fair Coin. Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by Gus Smedstad
As in the first book there are plenty of plot twists that kept me from guessing what was truly going on. Most authors focus on what would happen next. The story is not a fairytale. Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by Brother Bear
I loved the characters (and the analog characters!) and the story and how it got a bit more geeky than than Fair Coin.Published on January 2, 2013 by TC
I was so excited to see that the sequel to "Fair Coin" came out... but then I read it. "Fair Coin" was fast paced and really kept me involved. Read morePublished on December 8, 2012 by HeatherMS