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3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  10,194 ratings  ·  1,197 reviews
When Newbery Medal winner Neil Gaiman and Emmy Award winner Michael Reaves teamed up, they created the bestselling YA novel InterWorld.

InterWorld tells the story of Joey Harker, a very average kid who discovers that his world is only one of a trillion alternate earths. Some of these earths are ruled by magic. Some are ruled by science. All are at war.

Joey teams up with alt
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Audio CD, 5 pages
Published June 26th 2007 by HarperFestival (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jason Koivu
I didn't know what to expect. Once I knew, I expected more. I got less.

Interworld is the coming-of-age story of a boy finding himself, quite literally. Joey Harker is your typical kid, whose main concern is a certain girl and popularity at school. He comes off fairly average, but the way he's written, you're never sure if he's smart or stupid. Whatever the case, he sure did know a lot of pop culture references through out the ages, regardless of his own age and point of reference, so I would hav
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Thomas
I’m always a bit shocked when a Neil Gaiman book manages to make a public release without me knowing about it. I wonder if I’m paying close enough attention to the blogs and journals that let me know about new releases. I mean, it’s Gaiman, and I didn’t know about it? What network did I miss?

InterWorld is a juvenile novel, not even a YA novel, though, and that might be how I missed it. I almost missed out on M Is for Magic, and I remember the first time I saw Coraline was long after it had been
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Sandi
Jun 22, 2008 Sandi rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teen Boys and Sci-Fi/Fantasy Geeks
I must be a real geek. I laughed my butt off at the phrase "opposition is unproductive." Only a real Star Trek geek would have been able to translate that to "resistance is futile." I'm in no way sure what "InterWorld" is. It's part science fiction, part fantasy, part allusion to all things in geekdom. Take some of "Ender's Game" and mix it up with "Neverwhere." Toss in some Star Trek, some Twilight Zone, and some Wizard of Oz for fun. I started this book at dinnertime last night and it's almost ...more
Dean
With open heart and open mind, I set out to love this book.
I read everything 'Gaiman' at some point.
I own every copy of "Sandman" and have several signed (I waited on line, yes I did).
I own all his books.
I even own some rarities such as, "Being an Account Of The Life And Death Of The Emperor Heliogabolus" (#1927 our of 2000-signed) and his "Three-Penny Opera."
Yeah...fanboy.
This book was recommended to me as I must have missed its release somehow.
I rushed to read it and...not so much.
Perhaps it w
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Amanda
Jan 19, 2009 Amanda rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fans
Shelves: young-adult
The premise of this book was very inventive, but I never really felt like I was reading a Neil Gaiman book. True, it was co-authored with Michael Reeves, so perhaps his was the overriding influence of the novel. There are some Gaiman hallmarks: wonderfully strange ideas about alternate universes that are created each time a monumental decision must be made (thus creating a separate universe for the possible outcome of each alternative offered by that decision) as well as fantastic creatures inha ...more
Robert
See Ceridwen's review, but additionally: Why all the nonsensical quantum mechanical mumbo jumbo when there's magic in the book? If there's magic it's a fantasy and trying to justify it in an SF way only makes you look apologetic. Skip all that and go the Moorcock route: he had a fantasy multiverse before everybody else (I think) and he doesn't justify it at all, because none is required.
Sesana
The concept is brilliant: Joey Harker finds that he's capable of walking between worlds, alternate realities of every variety, from the fully magical to the fully technological to everything in between. And every alternate version of Joey Harker is capable of doing the same. They've gathered together as a sort of paramilitary force to keep the forces of pure magic (Hex) and pure technology (the Binary) at bay. And there's the best part of the whole book: the concept.

The story itself is a bit pai
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Fuzzy Gerdes
It seems a shame that just after reading the just-now-Newbery Medal-winning The Graveyard Book I would pick up the all-together pedestrian* and disappointing Interworld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves. An afterword reveals that the pair wrote the book as an extended pitch for a TV show concept they had created years ago and that when it failed in its purported purpose, it lay in the proverbial desk drawer for years. Perhaps it should have stayed there.

* Alright, for certain values of "pedestri
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Alex Telander
INTERWORLD BY NEIL GAIMAN AND MICHAEL REAVES: Most people are familiar with Neil Gaiman, who has written such great novels as Neverwhere, American Gods, and Coraline for younger readers, but not so many know Michael Reaves. Reaves has written for Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Twilight Zone, and Batman: The Animated Series, as well as the New York Times bestseller Star Wars: Darth Maul – Shadow Hunter. Gaiman and Reaves began working on the idea for Interworld in 1995 wishing to make it a t ...more
Arminzerella
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Erikka
God, what a disappointment. I have a feeling this was a lot Michael Reaves and a little bit Gaiman. It was lacking everything that makes a Gaiman book/work so epically awesome. There was some of the wit and descriptive turns of phrase, but very little. Mostly it was a jumbled-up storyline with nondescript characters and a great deal of sciency mumbo jumbo that didn't even make sense. To give you an idea: Imagine someone watches the entire Star Wars saga, all 6 movies. And then tries to tell you ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Neil Gaiman's name, along with the superhero-looking cover, brought me to InterWorld. I didn't know much about it, and I don't think I'd even heard of it the first time I checked it out of the library, though I didn't actually get around to reading it that time, since I'm pretty notorious for checking out an impossible pile of books. As has been the case with my prior experiences with Gaiman, InterWorld proved an imperfect read for me, being primarily focused on world building rather than charac ...more
Uci
Worlds are cheap. Kata-kata itu yang menyelamatkan saya dari menutup buku ini dan membiarkannya tak selesai. Gara-garanya, saya membaca buku ini di Minggu siang yang malas dan sepantasnya diisi oleh buku-buku ringan yang 'mudah' dibaca. Tapi yang saya temui malah, di antaranya: Multiverse, Altiverse, quantum differentation, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, multiple world lines... mau nyerah rasanya! Secara saya nggak pernah pintar fisika dari dulu :P

Tapi dengan mengabaikan segala macam teori
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Jared
I enjoyed this book probably more than I ought to have - I found it in the discount bin of my college bookstore with a "Kids" label on it for $5.99. In hardcover. But it said Neil Gaiman on the cover, so I swallowed my questions and bought it.

And honestly, I'm really glad I did. It's patently a book with a four-star ceiling, as the characters aren't quite developed to the point that I would have liked (the afterword reveals that the original idea was for the whole thing to be a children's cartoo
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Mike (the Paladin)
Quite an enjoyable work by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves. Again while I wonder just how "youthful" the young readers this book is meant for ought to be...(as it's quite dark in a few places)...it is well plotted, written, and "characterized".

This an adventure with many familiar points placed in a science fiction world that most YA readers will like. There is adventure, daring do, misunderstood youth, homesickness, even a slight twist on the "boy and his dog".

I enjoyed it and think, being sure
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Izlinda
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Jana

Interworld

Three months ago I saw that a new book by Neil Gaiman titled The Silver Dream was out and being the fangirl that I am, I ordered it without a second glance. When I held my copy in my hands a few days later, a closer look at the cover revealed that it was “A sequel to …”. A sequel? A sequel to what?!? Interworld? Hang on, that sounded familiar. And I realised that I’ve been given this for a birthday or Christmas a couple of years ago and it had been sitting on my shelves unread since, b
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Edward
Apr 25, 2008 Edward rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gaiman fans, Teen Geeks, Sci-fi fans
Shelves: teen-town
I don't think I can add more to what has already been said, but will agree that this book will have appeal to boys who like science fiction, but a not total science geeks. Sure, the plot delves into some heady theoretical physics and advanced mathematatical concepts, but they don't really bog down the plot. Seeing as how this was co-written with Michael Reaves, who has extensive sci-fi cred and is a talented screenwriter, I can see how this may become a series of novels, depending on Gaiman and ...more
Ангѣлъ
Книгата започва много вълнуващо и бързо. Първите две части се четат на един дъх и после нещо се изгуби. Някак твърде бързо и лесно дойде развръзката, някои неща от света бяха само загатнати, но не и развити. Може би за това и коректорът след 16-а глава беше оставил толкова много недоглеждания в текста :)

Книгата е с чудесен потенциал, но развръзката е претупана. Все пак е увлекателна.
Sophie
As a massive Neil Gaiman fan who loves all his work, I feel ashamed and sad to say I couldn't actually finish this book. Like many other reviewers, I'm sure that the co-author Michael Reaves must have written most of the book, especially given that the sequel states it is only written by him with some ideas from Neil. Apparently Interworld started out as an idea for a TV show, and it still has that feeling of being an outline rather than being particularly fleshed out.

I wouldn't say that it was
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Nightwishel
Книгата е свежа, личи си участието на поне двама списващи и според мен би излязъл чудесен филмов блокбъстър, стига някой гений с усет за изобразяване на 3D яхния от Салвадор Дали, Йеронимус Бош и анимационна паплач, се заеме с тази интересна задача.
Геймън и Рийвс засега са песимисти изчакват да се появи телевизионен директор, който е в състояние да чете книги. :D :)))

Джоуи Харкър е най-обикновено момче, което е в състояние да се загуби на път за банята.
Само дето се оказва, че той е Бродещ, един
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cindy
Buku ini sebuah karya bersama Neil Gaiman dan Michael Reaves yang dimaksudkan untuk konsumsi anak-remaja, sehingga ringan dan renyah, meski tetap menakjubkan bagaimana dia (mereka) memadukan banyak sekali teori-teori fisika modern dengan gaibnya dunia sihir.

Idenya adalah tentang dunia-dunia paralel yang infinitif, di mana di satu ekstrim berkuasa kaum binari, yaitu dunia yang mendewakan ilmu pengetahuan, sedangkan pada ujung ekstrim yang lain ada kaum HEX, yaitu dunia yang orang-orangnya berkuas
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Heidi
This was a quick juvenile science fiction novel about a boy named Joey who can travel through many dimensions. In each dimension, Joey has a counterpart (Jo, Josef, J/O, and hundreds of other names) who can also travel through dimensions. Their job is to stop the bad guys who are intent on taking over the universe.

Usually with Neil Gaiman, I either love the books (The Graveyard Book, Smoke and Mirrors, Coraline) or I get bored halfway through and don't finish them (Anansi Boys, Neverwhere). I fi
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Belinda
Firstly, I WANT A FREAKING MUDLUFF.

Secondly, this book was mightily confusing. All these things about god, I don't know what. These science jargon things that I seriously could not get. I don't think I was supposed to anyway.

Thirdly, it didn't get a five star because, it seemed more fit to be a comic book than an actual novel. Don't get me wrong though, this book rocks as a novel, but I guess I would've loved it more if it was illustrated. I mean, some things you can express with words, but the
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Tricia
Originally posted on I Write, Therefore I am Alive



Have you ever been lost? Been in the place you are very familiar with but somehow there's an unusual feeling of being really lost and something changed that you don't know what it is? Meet Joey Harker, the kind of guy that lacks sense of direction to the point that he get lost in his own house. One day, during his Social Studies class, they (Joey and his classmates, Ted and Rowena) are dropped in a certain place by their teacher, Mr. Dimas, to
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Lammoth
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Представете си, че всяко наше значимо решение създава нов алтернативен и паралелен свят. Така световете оформят една вселена във формата на арка. В двата края на тази арка властват две империи - тази на бинарните и противниците им от МАГ. Това са съответно световете на науката и магията. В първия свят властват законите на физиката, химията, това е място за футуристични градове, на летящи коли и машини. В другия свят пък господстват магиите, летящи дракони,
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Sarah
I found this at the library the other day, and was pleasantly surprised that there might be a Gaiman book I hadn't read. It was a quick read, and fun, but I think their idea of a TV series might have been a better use for the concept. It felt like a pilot episode, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The concept is clever, the characters are interesting, and it had a nice balance of humor, scifi, and kid-friendly scares. Strangely, I found it more juvenile than his other juvenile fiction; that i ...more
J.P.
Egads! I'm actually giving a book by Neil Gaiman less than 4 stars! How is this possible?
Although there are lots of creative ideas, this was definitely geared to appeal to younger readers. Also it's a book that was trying to be the basis for a television show. As stated in the afterword, the authors were hoping to sell the idea to a network and when there were no takers decided to make it into a novel.
Apparently Neil Gaiman formulated the plot while Michael Reaves did the actual writing which g
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Lisa
Full review: http://tenaciousreader.wordpress.com/...

Recent audiobook with my kids age 9 & 11. My more critical child, the 9 year old, loved it and gave it a 4.5, my 11 year old gave it a 5.
Rini
Dec 27, 2013 Rini rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: reviewed, sci-fi
I.Loved.This.Book.
Can't yet decide whether it was a magic-fiction written by scientists or science-fiction written by magicians (The sorcerer Neil Gaiman and his apprentice Michael Reaves).

I feel like a synesthetic after reading this : taste of the book sounds like yummy chocolate..can't stop smelling!!

Multiverse, Altiverse, Multidimensional Lifeforms(MDLF), Möbius strips, Klein bottles, {IW}:=Ω/, BINARY and HEX worlds fighting with each other to rule all infinite or finite possible universes in
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