By Ian Mcdonald
(Pyr, Hardcover, 9781616145415, 269pp.)
Publication Date: December 20, 2011
Categories: Action & Adventure - General
There is not one you. There are many yous. There is not one world. There are many worlds. Ours is one of billions of parallel earths. When Everett Singh's scientist father is kidnapped from the streets of London, he leaves young Everett a mysterious app on his computer. Suddenly, this fourteen-year-old has become the owner of the most valuable object in the multiverse-the Infundibulum-the map of all the parallel earths, and there are dark forces in the Ten Known Worlds who will stop at nothing to get it. They've got power, authority, and the might of ten planets-some of them more technologically advanced than our Earth-at their fingertips. He's got wits, intelligence, and a knack for Indian cooking. To keep the Infundibulum safe, Everett must trick his way through the Heisenberg Gate his dad helped build and go on the run in a parallel Earth. But to rescue his Dad from Charlotte Villiers and the sinister Order, this Planesrunner's going to need friends. Friends like Captain Anastasia Sixsmyth, her adopted daughter Sen, and the crew of the airship Everness. Can they rescue Everett's father and get the Infundibulum to safety? The game is afoot! (For ages 12 & up)
Ian McDonald is the author of Planesrunner, the first part of the Everness series. He has written thirteen science fiction novels-including the 2011 John W. Campbell Memorial Award winner for Best Novel, The Dervish House-and has lost count of the number of stories. He's been nominated for every major science fiction award, and even won some. Ian also works in television, in program development-all those reality shows have to come from somewhere-and has written for the screen as well as print. He lives in Northern Ireland, just outside Belfast, and loves to travel.
"Smashing adventure fiction that spans the multiverse without ever losing its cool or its sense of style. . . . [Planesrunner] is everything you could hope for: romantic, action-packed, wildly imaginative, and full of heart."
CORY DOCTOROW, author of For the Win
"Lovers of sci-fi, adventure, and steampunk won't be able to put it down! Not to be missed! 5/5."
MY BOOKISH WAYS
"Chock-full of awesome. . . . Airship-dueling, guns-blazing fantasy. . . ."
PAOLO BACIGALUPI, author of Ship Breaker
"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
"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 . . . is a winner."
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