Planesrunner (Everness #1)
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...more
On paper, you might think that Planesrunner is a perfect YA sci-fi read. In fact, its admirable qualities must be acknowledged: its hero, Everett Singh, is a non-stereotyped person of color (half-Punjabi Indian, raised in London); the novel has a strong focus on physics and includes extended descriptions of the science and history that underlie its premises; its undeniably well-written, with florid prose that never quite crosses the line into overwritten;...more
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...more
I feel that you've all gotten to know me since you've been reading my reviews. However, there might be a few things you don't know yet. One is that I'm an absolute geek for parallel universes or a multi-verse. The use of quantum physics just makes me so happy! Then, when the author tosses in words like 'infundibulum', I'm fifty kinds of excited! (An infundibulum, basically, means it's bigger on the inside. For example - the...more
The plot for me was one of fast-paced throughout the beginning, however, as soon as the pages left of the book started to dwindle down, the book for me started to drag. I started to lose my connection with the c...more
What I liked:
- the private language of the Airish (the glossary at the back includes an interesting introduction)
- Sen and her "mother"
- the multiverse and how well McDonald describes the different stages of technological development in the known worlds
- the fact that the universe Everett transports...more
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 releas...more
There is not just one you, there are many yous. We're part of a multiplicity of universes in parallel dimensions - and Everett Singh's dad has found a way in.
So begins the jacket copy for Planesrunner, Ian McDonald's first novel aimed at a YA audience. In truth it's also a great first novel for anyone unfamiliar with McDonald's work, or leery about novels full of heavy-duty science. McDonald builds Everett's story around his favourite themes of quantum physics and the possibility of an infinite...more
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...more
That’s probably what is the most amazing...more
Planesrunner, the first book in the Everness series by Ian McDonal...more
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...more
I enjoyed the concept of the book and while I struggled to grasp the science concepts and to follow the language I think the overall story is really good. I wi...more
It's the story of Everett Singh, whose father is kidnapped. His father leaves him the map to the multiverse, or panoply of universes, and Everett has to figure out how to use the map. But the Plenitude of Known Worlds is after him, because the map is the key to domination of every world, known and unknown.
Then the story sidles into ai...more
While some segments involve more telling than showing, this level of explanation is actually quite nice. How else would the average non-physicist YA reader fully grasp the 10 to the 80+ universes that Everett Singh is mapping? The swashbuckling action rescue scenes are pretty cool...more
First in a series. Interesting characters and the multi...more
McDonald was born in 1960, in Manchester, to a Scottish father and Irish mother, but moved to Belfast when he was five, and has lived there ever since. He therefore lived throu...more