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Be My Enemy (Everness #2)

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  336 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
Everett Singh has escaped with the Infundibulum from the clutches of Charlotte Villiers and the Order, but at a terrible price. His father is missing, banished to one of the billions of parallel universes of the Panoply of All World, and Everett and the crew of the airship Everness have taken a wild, random Heisenberg Jump to a random parallel plane. Everett is smart and r ...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Pyr (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

With its intriguing application of quantum physics and topic of parallel earths, Planesrunner secured its spot as one of the most unique young adult novels I read last year. And of course, who could forget the heart-pounding airship battles? When it comes delivering excitement and adventure, Ian McDonald knows his stuff, and I could not wait to get my hands on the next book. Seeing as the third installment of the Evernes
Tabitha (Pabkins)
Apr 14, 2014 Tabitha (Pabkins) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Something deadly moves in the heart
High stakes adventure isn’t even half of what you’ll get in Be My Enemy, the sequel to Planesrunner. These characters and storyline continue to amaze me with how inventive they manage to be. Some of you might have seen it coming because yes, we are immediately introduced to an alter Everett at the start of this book. He will play a pivotal role in the fate of Everett’s future as well as possibly everyone in the known worlds. But something has twisted in his hea
Aug 30, 2013 Jasper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
originally posted at:

Be My Enemy is the second book in the Everness series written by Ian McDonald, last week I read Planesrunner, the first book and really left my with an urge to pick up it's sequel ASAP. I got that young boyish delight after finishing Planesrunner, all the cool high tech gadgets to which I was introduced to combined with the way it was shown and how it was written and above all the concept of multiversing. It makes thi
Jan 11, 2016 Palmyrah rated it really liked it
I gave the first book in this series, Planesrunner, five stars. I wish I could do the same for this, because it kept me hooked all the way through and left me bereft and disappointed when I turned the last page. Frankly, I loved it.

Yes, the basic conceit and the plot are a bit too close to those of Iain M. Banks’s Transition for comfort — down to the mantis-like sexiness of the Chief Villainess — but the concept of a chase across parallel timelines in different universes is big enough to accomm
Oct 24, 2012 Rob rated it really liked it
...Some of the novelty of McDonald's concepts has worn of in this book of course, but all things considered Be My Enemy is a very strong sequel to Planesrunner. McDonald doesn't feel the need to hold the reader's hand in his adult fiction and he certainly doesn't do so here. In my opinion that is something books for teens could use more of. There is a respect of the reader's intelligence in these novels that makes them attractive for geeks of all ages. I hope to see a new McDonald for adult audi ...more
Aug 13, 2014 Alan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Your father's daughters and sons, in this universe and many others
Recommended to Alan by: Previous worlds
Be My Enemy is the second book in Ian McDonald's Everness series, the sequel to Planesrunner, which I not only really liked but found thought-provoking as well. This installment is not a standalone work, and for that I must fault it a little. But it is action-packed—a very good (and quick!) read.

Everett Singh's father Tejendra did not invent the Heisenberg Gates that allow travel between fixed points on the ten known parallel worlds of the Plenitude... but he did come up with the Infundibulum, a
David Schwan
Dec 13, 2014 David Schwan rated it it was ok
Not nearly as good a book as the first one. The storyline tended to be very disjointed and never really settled down. The character development was good, we learn more about the main characters. Overall not the most satisfying of books. It is not clear that the third book will be more organized. Some big problems lurk in this world and how they will get resolved could elevate the conclusion.
Feb 15, 2014 Cam rated it liked it
Shelves: read-sci-fi
Another solid entry in this multiple-universe adventure series.

The villains are just as manipulative, plus the aliens may be akin to
a new set of enemies - nanotech replicators developed on Earth 1 and have
been quarantined there until Everett's dire straits take the action
into the middle of the nano-infested Earth 1. "Our" Everett is still the
young physics prodigy, still searching for his dad, and still growing up
and learning about love (it IS a YA novel after all!) "Bad" Everett is
being manipu
Feb 19, 2014 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On to the second book of the featured series of this month: Be My Enemy. I was curious how Ian McDonald would continue to keep his story fast paced and interesting, because the novelty of the parallel dimensions and all the different worlds had worn off a bit after the first book. But I shouldn’t have worried, because the second book was just as entertaining as the first was. Weird technology, new worlds, exhilarating fights and wonderfully written characters: it’s all here, in the exact right d ...more
Jan 28, 2015 Joshua rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf
Oh man, this series just gets better and better as the characters get more desperate, the multiverse gets weirder, the conspiracies get more complex, and the stakes get higher. Sadly, we leave the electropunk world of E3 behind, but we get an alternate Earth that is exactly like ours except that an alien species made contact in the middle of the 20th century and boosted some of the technology and culture, as well as the quarantined E1, ravaged by technology run amok. McDonald continues to dance ...more
Taking up soon after Planesrunner, Be My Enemy follows Everett Singh as he jumps across parallel universes to rescue his father, with the help of the crew of the airship Everness. I really enjoyed this novel and feel it's even better than the first in terms of action and world-building. The author has delivered an amazing sequel.

The plot ofBe My Enemyis clever and well executed, with the author taking the opportunity the jump gun provides to show readers some new parallel universes. Each version
Mar 01, 2013 Brooke rated it really liked it
This is another excellent entry in the Planesrunner/Everness series by Ian McDonald. Happily, the cover of this book is not nearly as embarrassing as the cover for the first one. Progress!

***Note, the next paragraph contains spoilers for Planesrunner.***
In this installment, Everett and the crew of the Everness are continuing his search for Everett's father who, in Planesrunner, was forcibly jumped to a parallel world. We get to visit three more parallel worlds and meet Everett M., our hero's "a
Alisa Russell
Oct 10, 2012 Alisa Russell rated it it was amazing
Be My Enemy is the second book in the Everness series, but stands very solidly as a story on its own. I was afraid I had missed vital information by starting with the second book (as I seem to be doing a lot lately), but the author does an excellent job of introducing the characters and saying what’s going on without leaving the reader to wonder what he’s missed.

What attracted me to this book, and what I knew would also attract my children who are its intended audience (at 13 and 15), were the r
Mar 07, 2013 Diayll rated it it was amazing
Originally Reviewed At: Mother/Gamer/Writer
Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers
Review Source: Publisher
Reviewer: AimeeKay

I have been waiting forever to read Be My Enemy, the sequel to Planesrunner by Ian McDonald! (Okay it’s been less than a year…but still!) So I was uber-excited to see this one in my box of goodies from D. Luckily I wasn’t disappointed and enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed the first book.

Be My Enemy picks up where Planesrunner ended. Dr. Singh is still missing and Everett is stuck on a
Dawn Vanniman
Sep 05, 2012 Dawn Vanniman rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The second installation of the Everness series begins with Everett getting hit by a car and waking up on the moon. It just gets crazier from there. The Everness crew continues to world-jump with Everett.

What's the worst thing you could encounter when world-jumping? A frozen earth? Villians? War Machines? Nanotechnology run wild? Maybe...or it could be yourself.

Everett and Sen grow closer, but he still isn't sure he will eve
Nov 30, 2012 Meagan rated it liked it
For a book about incredibly, fantastically advanced alternate universes and jailbroken iPads that can navigate between any, undocumented parallel universe, this book was really boring. I think, fundamentally, my problem is I am more interested in an alternate world with different theoretical software & circuitry than hardware history--so what if Babbage builds his engine or not, what happens if we have something other than Boolean logic guarding our logic gates? How does that effect computat ...more
Jun 13, 2014 Rod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everness Book 2, is an excellent follow up to Planesrunner. A complex Y/A novel set in the Multiverse. Great Baddies, as weell as great narrator and crew of the Everness ( an Airship) which is a fine location for the base from which the story springs. Good humoured, tense at times, some nice horror moments all in all a cracking good read.
Finishes in a way which leaves you waiting for what I presume is the final instalment, hopefully out this year.
Apr 22, 2014 Mick rated it really liked it
In the second part of the Everness saga things take a distinct dark turn. Witness the sheer apocalyptic terror that has befallen E1, while rub your eyes in disbelief at Everett's new, conflicted, but superior arch enemy and try to second guess what the mysterious Thryn have in store for humanity across the Plentitude. Consider what you would do if you met another version of your missing Father.... Or another version of yourself.

I really enjoyed where the author took this series here. It was bot
Aug 15, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it
The second installment in this series did not disappoint. Love the addition of an alter as a nemesis, even though it made me think of Futurama's "perfectly symmetrical violence never solved anything." The violence in this is in no way symmetrical. I think this explores how much our experiences shape who we are. It also has a terrifying tiny enemy that makes me worry gravely about the fate of E10 in the third book.
Be My Enemy is the sequel to last year’s Planesrunner, the book that launched Ian McDonald’s first ever YA series in spectacular fashion. I dearly love both of these novels and don’t want to ruin your enjoyment of them in any way, so if you haven’t read Planesrunner yet, stop reading this now and instead check out my review of that first novel, because there will be some spoilers for the first book below the cut. In other words: if you’re new to the Everness series, stop reading here until you’v ...more
Sep 06, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, for-review
There will be spoilers for the first book in the series, Planesrunner (review).

We were left with quite a cliffhanger at the end of Planesrunner; Everett’s dad is zapped to a random universe and Everett and the airship team escapes the bad guys by zapping themselves to another random universe. It turns out to be a frozen version of our world. Everett has to figure out a way back using his tablet installed with the Infundibilum and the jump gun, rescue his father and dodge his enemy Charlotte Vill
What do you do when you have a ridiculously clever young man who can solve almost any mathematical problem, play really good football, has the talent to travel interdimensionally and is just a really good guy? Have his enemy be himself, from another dimension, with lasers. :)
Mark Phillips
Jun 12, 2015 Mark Phillips rated it liked it
The three volumes of Evenness were an enjoyable romp.

What is not to like steam punk airships travelling through the multiverse to alternate earths with the crew battling an ancient dinosaur civilisation and a nanotech being that has consumed one earth.

Tina Wagner
Jun 02, 2013 Tina Wagner rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Endlich bin ich fertig geworden! Der zweite Teil der Everness Reihe hat mich aber leider nicht so überzeugt wie der erste; alles war irgendwie langatmig und ab 25% habe ich erst einmal verstanden, dass die Handlung "gesplittet" wurde und nun von Everetts und der Sicht seines Alters aus erzählt wird. Die Handlung braucht auch eine Weile, bis sie in Fahrt kommt, ist dann aber spannend und hat stellenweise Page-Turner-Qualitäten. Das Ende ist natürlich offen und es bleibt noch genug aufzulösen für ...more
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
2.5. Not quite eight deadly words territory, but close. I enjoyed the first book in this setting, Planesrunner, because it introduced the settings so brilliantly. I did care about the characters. Here, it just fell a bit flat somehow. Lots of dark things happen. There are very few up moments. It was just hard to engage somehow. I think Phoebe North touches on some of the reasons why in her review.
Sep 16, 2015 Charles rated it liked it
Still enjoyable. The story was amazingly brief at about 250 pages with a minimum of filling-in for the previous book. However, I don't think I have the patience for a 10-volume series as Everett Singh visits each world of the Panoply.

I'm hoping the author brings the series to a conclusion before it collapses beneath its own weight.
Nov 25, 2015 April rated it really liked it
There are several logic issues but the narrative pulled this reader right by them. Gods stuff otherwise; good and fast paced action with characters to care about, worry over and despise.
Irvington Public Library Teens
This 2nd in the series is harder to follow and not as precisely written as the first title, "Planesrunner," which we gave a 4 stars rating. -- Steve Fondiller, Teen Librarian
Oct 23, 2013 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Expanding the world that Planesrunner created, Be My Enemy is a great sequel. With new and familiar characters, the story is both fleshed out with more information about the situation Everett found himself in in the first book and continues with interesting twists and turns. Be My Enemy expands the world in interesting ways, and it definitely makes for a good read for fans of science fiction. As the second installment of the series, it works very well and also gets the reader excited to find out ...more
Mar 31, 2014 Michael rated it liked it
YA by Ian McDonald, second in the Everness series.
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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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