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Planesrunner (Everness #1)

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  681 ratings  ·  149 reviews
There is not one you. There are many yous. There is not one world. There are many worlds. Ours is one among 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 teenager has become the owner of the most valuable object in the multiverse—the Infund
Hardcover, 274 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Pyr (first published January 1st 2011)
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Dan 1.0
Everett Singh's father is kidnapped right in front of him. Turns out, Papa Singh was working on a project involving parallel universes and has left Everett the Infundibulum, the map of 10 to the 80th power parallel universes. Only other people are after it and Everett leaps through the Heisenberg Gate to another world, a world of airships where electricity was discovered much earlier. Can Everett evade the bad apples in the Plenitude long enough to bring back his father home?

I love wibbly wobbly
Oct 30, 2011 Tatiana rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of "Ship Breaker," "Leviathan"
Recommended to Tatiana by: Kirkus
Shelves: 2011, sci-fi, ya, ala-ya-2013
Planesrunner is a first class teen SF novel, but I worry about this book's ability to reach its potential readers, especially if the ARC is any indicator of how the novel will look in its final version. The cover is weird and the text inside is so small, it hurt my eyes. Great covers and packaging of Ship Breaker (Ship Breaker, #1) by Paolo Bacigalupi and Leviathan (Leviathan, #1) by Scott Westerfeld were able to seduce a fair number of female readers who otherwise wouldn't really give a chance to those essentially boy-oriented books. I wish the same was done for Planesrunner too. I want ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Add Ian McDonald's Planesrunner to the list of the most interesting and well-written young adult novels I've read this year. With the third book coming out soon, I'd initially picked this up to get caught up with the series, but in doing so I also finally discovered why so many readers have been raving about Everness. Adventurous and fun but also fresh and clever, if you're looking for a YA offering that's a little differe
(Note: this review is now also up at Far Beyond Reality, my new science fiction and fantasy website!)

I’m a pretty big fan of Ian McDonald, so when I learned that a brand new novel by the author was on the way, I got suitably excited. Then, when I found out that the new novel would be the start of a series, and that this series would deal with alternate dimensions and multiverse-type ideas (very different from his last few books), I got really excited. And then, when I discovered that the series
Tabitha (Pabkins)
Endless alternate worlds to our own, and young Everett holds the key to them all in PLANESRUNNER. Sounds like a dream come true...though its probably a touch bit of a nightmare for him. For us? A marvelous treat of adventure, science and balderdash!

Fun to the Fun squared!
If you've been aching to find that amazing young adult read that mixes science fiction with high adventure this is definitely the book you need to pick up. I've read a fair share of sci-fi YA books and this one is singularly uni
Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

Regular readers know that I do not usually review Young Adult novels here; but I made an exception this month with the new Planesrunner, not just because it was specifically sent to me by the publishing company but because it's the YA debut of sci-fi veteran Ian McDonald, and I'm a big slavish fan of Ian M
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)

When 14 year old Everett Singh watches his father’s kidnapping in front of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, he doesn’t quite know what to do. He’s very sure of what he saw, but the police don’t seem to believe him and his own mother is not even quite sure what to believe. See, Everett’s dad is a theoretical physicist, and it’s possible that he’s discovered something that some people will do anything to get their hands on. When Everett receives a mysteri
Kelli Lee
Hi, my name is Kelly, and I'm addicted to quantum physics. I have been since college. I blame my first chemistry professor. She had quite the obsession with Stephen Hawking and made his novels required reading as part of her curriculum. Well, my professor's obsession soon became mine. Add in my obsession with metaphysics melded with the wonderful world of quantum physics and it's pure love. Seriously, I could talk about metaphysical quantum physics, wormholes, the non-local domain, parallel univ ...more
Planesrunner is action packed from cover to cover. Fast action coupled with McDonald’s stunning world building, character development, as well as flowing writing will appeal to a younger audience and will make Planesrunner an instant hit with youth and adults alike. While the ideas might sound weighty, McDonald handles them with incredible finesse and manages to not only make these ideas interesting and accessible, but will strike wonder in almost anyone.

That’s probably what is the most amazing
Tudor Ciocarlie
Good YA novel, especially in its last third. But I don't think I will read the next one. Maybe if I was younger...
I just couldn't. You'd think a concept like this would be super interesting, but this just didn't do it for me.
Jonathan Strahan
Absolutely top notch YA SF. One of the best books of 2011 without a doubt.
Today’s post is on Planesrunner by Ian McDonald. It is 268 pages long including a dictionary at the end. It is published by PYR. The cover has two of the main characters one running towards the reader from an iPad and other has her hands thrown out with cards coming from them. The intended reader is young adult but I do not think that YA’s have the attention span for this novel. There is no language, no sex, and all the action is pretty tame. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the dust jacket- There i
Chris King Elfland's 2nd Cousin
Dec 13, 2011 Chris King Elfland's 2nd Cousin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Ian McDonald's adult fiction and fans of YA SF like Kat Falls Dark Life
NOTE: This review originally appeared at The King of Elfland's 2nd Cousin on December 13th, 2011. If you enjoy it, please come check us out!

As I've mentioned before, I am a huge fan of Ian McDonald's adult science fiction. His complex, multi-layered plots and penchant for near-future science fiction set in non-western cultures (Africa, India, Brazil, Turkey, etc.) have always struck me as interesting, engaging, ambitious, and structurally complex. So when I heard that Pyr was going to be relea
Jan 09, 2013 Alexa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya, series
You'll have to forgive me, but I don't think I've ever gone from Adult to YA with an author before and its a fascinating transition. I’m not sure how many people who enjoy YA would also like Ian McDonald’s adult books. There's an added value though in being aware of his earlier stuff when reading Planesrunner. I kept noticing things like how the nanoblade was reminiscent of the Q-blades of Brasyl, the street brawl that smelled faintly like a scene in River of Gods. Then there’s the overall geeki ...more
Ian McDonald’s “Planesrunner” (Pyr, $16.95, 268 pages) is more traditional, and more young adult than “The Emperor’s Knife” (which actually has some erotic moments), but it too comes to a conclusion at the end of the first book of the Everness series.

But McDonald has plenty of options, as the premise is that there are essentially an infinite number of earths, even though only 10 have been explored, and our adolescent heroes are going to be fighting off the powerful villains wherever they might g
Jan 17, 2015 Joshua rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: sf
An absolutely amazing novel, the first in Ian McDonald's Everness series. McDonald writes gloriously poetic prose that dances across the page, wrapped around a taut, fast-paced, adventurous plot involving quantum physics, a vast multiverse of parallel Earths, sinister conspiracies, and electropunk airship rogues. So very good. Just so very very very good.
How far would you go to get back someone you love? To a universe outside your own? A parallel existence on a parallel Earth where everything is slightly familiar yet completely unknown? Whom would you trust? Where could you find a safe place?

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Goran Skrobonja
Finally done with Planesrunner - but it has nothing to do with the quality of the book. Quite the opposite. However, I was so swamped with work that I simply could not have more than ten or fifteen minutes of joy-reading a day. Still, Ian's first installment of this YA steampunk saga is a pure joy and, in my humble opinion, should be included in school reading for junior high classes as a worthy sample of contemporary adventure fiction. Kudos to Ian - as usual, I would give my left arm to be abl ...more

a néhány felsorolt negatívum nem rettentsen le senkit, jó kis regény. és okos.
több ilyen könyv kellene, hogy valahogy a fiatalok elmebeli fejlődése elinduljon egy pozitív irányba, és megtanuljanak gondolkodni, és átlátni a dolgokon, a felszín alá nézni.
I found this great juvenile while looking in the library for more books by Ian McDonald, whose The Dervish House I just finished and thoroughly enjoyed.

This book isn't a complex interweaving of plotlines and cultures like The Dervish House, although there is some of the latter. It's a 'straightforward' tale about an mentally gifted but otherwise normal boy who follows his kidnapped father into a parallel universe in order to rescue him.

Although written for young people, I found the book compelli
Nah szóval ez a történet teljesen rendben és bár ifjúsági én nem éreztem egyáltalán. Remek kis könyv, amin nagyon jól szórakoztam és alig várom, hogy folytassam. :)
OMG, you must read this book!! Did I sound like a teen then? Even though this is YA, this is a mature SF book with a fantastic premise, and oh boy, what a ride. My only niggle (and it is a little one) is that at 14 I found the protagonist's knowledge of quantum mathematics to be a little out there for someone who is still in his normal grade at high school. Why wasn't he at uni if he was such a genius? Anyway, just something to pick at in an otherwise perfect book.
I clearly picked the wrong book here since the main character is a 14 yr. old boy. However, not wanting to give up so easily, I persevered and when I finished the book, the only sane conclusion that I can draw is that I really should not have continued reading. Not because this is a bad book, or badly written, mind you, just because 14 yr. old boys do not make for very believable strong, smart, main characters in books.

I understand that this is a concession to make fiction appeal to the young a
Rajan Khanna
This book hit me in two of my weak spots - alternate realities and airships. Also, the protagonist, Everett Singh, is English and of Indian, specifically Punjabi descent. It's like the book was written for me. I've loved McDonald's other work and this doesn't disappoint. Looking forward to the next one.
The child of a kidnapped physicist unlocks in his dad's work the key to exploring a multitude of alternate realities. It's OK. It looks like maybe the sequels avoid the aspect of this that I enjoyed the least: I really dislike it when a YA book spends 1/3 to 1/2 of the story just laying the groundwork for some science-fictional or fantasy premise. I mean, there's family stuff and encounters with ordinary cops and a lot of messing around before the alternate reality business really comes on stage ...more
I have loved Ian McDonald's books in the past. However, I'm not a fan of this attempt to break into the suddenly popular and lucrative area of YA speculative fiction. He has dumbed down his storytelling in some misguided attempt to appeal to the YA audience. And he's added Steampunk elements to the story, I guess cashing in on that trend as well. AND written in the cliff-hanger serial style which just annoys me. It's almost like his agent said, "Look, you need to earn some hard-cold and quick. T ...more
I can start right away by saying that I really enjoyed this book. ‘Planesrunner’ is a fascinating steampunk/electropunk book with a minor focus on science that’s full of action and great characters. It is meant for a Young Adult audience, but is perfectly enjoyable for adults too. I have to say that this is one of the better books I’ve read in a while in the Young Adult category. It has a very original setting (actually, multiple original settings), an imaginative premise and as I said before a ...more
I enjoyed Ian McDonald's Turkish-flavored sci-fi novel, The Dervish House, and was pleased to see this foray into Young Adult sci-fi come out in audio form. After 14-year-old Everett Singh's Punjabi-British quantum physicist dad is kidnapped, Everett receives a file containing what his father had discovered: a map of parallel universes dubbed the Infundibulum (I wish more authors would come up with such fun-to-say words). Currently, there are only ten that can be reached (or can reach each other ...more
You know him for his Science Fiction like THE DERVISH HOUSE and others, but now Ian McDonald invades YA territory with PLANESRUNNER and a world where the Earth exists in almost limitless parallel universes.

Our PoV character is teenage Everett Singh, soccer goalie, science smarty-pants, and son of the brilliant Tejendra Singh, who created the infundibulum--a sort of map to the parallel universes, or "planes". Before now only the ten Earths that have been able to create gateways can visit each oth
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Ian Neil McDonald was born in 1960 in Manchester, England, to an Irish mother and a Scottish father. He moved with his family to Northern Ireland in 1965. He used to live in a house built in the back garden of C. S. Lewis’s childhood home but has since moved to central Belfast, where he now lives, exploring interests like cats, contemplative religion, bonsai, bicycles, and comic-book collecting. H ...more
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