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 obsessioHi, 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 universes, pure potentiality for hours and hours and . . . I think you get the picture. They’re absolutely fascinating fields. Sliders, anyone? The amazing Fringe (so can’t get enough of this show)? Okay, so it should come as no surprise that I was super stoked to read Planesrunner. So on with my thoughts. . . .
This book started out with a bang, as in a kidnapping. Kidnapping of Everett’s (MC) father. Super exciting, bringing readers right into the action. I was clicking my Kindle next-page button like no tomorrow. Right off the bat, readers learn how Everett’s physicist father figured out a secret, more like a map, to alternate universes. Our world was the last to figure out the existence of other planes of existence, so typical. But a cool concept, no? Nobody, not even the authorities, can help Everett find his kidnapped father, because his father has been sent to another universe. So here begins the quest-y adventure.
Again, I was engaged, feeling as if I was watching an episode of Fringe. Why? Well, once Everett crosses over into another dimension, the alternate London is populated by Zeppelins. Why does it have to be Zeppelins? I was so looking forward to exploring a completely different world. Not a world that’s on TV every Friday night. And to be fair, it’s not the author fault. I just was hoping for some uniqueness and I didn’t get that. Anyhow, putting that disappointment aside, I did my best to get back in the game. That was until Everett boards one of the Zeppelins. Oh my God, really? We’re going the route of Leviathan are we? And the worst part, before this Zeppelin boarding and book morphing into Leviathan, unfortunately, a scant amount of alternate London was explored.
Around the 48% marker till 90% Everett is aboard a Zeppelin and Zeppelin fighting soon ensues with other airships and . . . really? I thought this was about quantum physics, about planes running, not steampunkery. I have to tell you, the story felt so disjointed. Like it was two separate books. And hey, I love me some steampunk, but that’s not why I picked this book up. I wanted planesrunning, you know, running across planes of existence. That so didn’t happen. It was Zeppelin soaring and what Zeppelins look like on the inside and how to fly them and Zzzz-Zzz. Thank the gods above that the last 10% got back on track, for me at least.
Even though Planesrunner didn’t pan out to be the awesome read I had high, high hopes for, I would still totally recommend this novel to all. It’s fun, adventurous, quest-y-ish, and truth be told, it’s still unique, and an all around good time. But if you are reading this for the amazingness that is quantum physics, I think you’ll be disappointed. It’s mostly steampunk with a quark of quantum physics thrown in. With that said, I will definitely continue on with this series. ...more