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(A Crisis of Two Worlds #1)

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“Last night I died for the third time this week...” Those are the words spoken by Jordan Pendragon on the curb out front of his high school. He's talking about dreams he's been having. However, he soon discovers that they're not dreams but a premonition of things to come.

Jordan wants to be like every other seventeen-year-old boy. The only problem is that he's extraordinary
Paperback, Large Print, 339 pages
Published May 4th 2012 by Double Dragon Publishing and Media Group (first published April 3rd 2012)
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Ciara Knight
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At first I struggled with how to write this review, because I didn’t know where to begin. There are so many amazing elements to this story. I’m going to concentrate on what I loved about the story and forgo the synopsis because I don’t want to give too much away.

My first surprise while reading Slipstream was how scientifically backed all the technology and fantastical elements of the story were. I've read many science fiction stories that don’t follow the rules of their world, or pull things out
Donna Hole
Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Slipstream was a brilliantly written, YA sci-fi novel. Once I started reading, it was hard to put down. The main character Jordan Pendragon is a little difficult to appreciate at first; he is extremely intelligent and a superior athlete, with a self centered attitude and emotionless demeanor that can be a bit off-putting, despite the tragedy the story beginning. As the story progresses, however, so does Jordan's emotional growth. I attribute the early lack as the author allowing his character gr ...more
Kimiko Kotani
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Jordan Pendragon is a star player for his high school hockey team in Salt Lake City. Neither he nor his twin sister Kathy seem to be anything other than normal representative faces of American high schoolers- that is until the car accident. This car accident changes their lives in more ways than one, as Jordan begins to have some very strange experiences. He even picks up a stalker- a very bold one at that who Jordan at first thinks is British. Kolin isn't the only one following however, and a f ...more
May 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay
This was such an odd book, such a weird clash of genres, that I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about. There are aspects of Slipstream that would definitely brand it as a YA novel, but then there are others that are simply too mature for such an audience. It is a very smart novel, and one with a fantastic premise, but the characters themselves, as well as some of the narrative phrasing, seems crafted to appeal to a younger audience.

Like the book itself, the main character, Jordan, is someth
Brooke R. Busse
Jun 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Michael is a good blogging friend of mine (in fact, he sent me my copy of this book) so I intend to put as much thought into this review as I possibly can. However, I refuse to sugar coat anything. If something was good, I'll say it's good. If something needed a little work, I intend to be fully honest about that, too.

First, I can not fathom the amount of imagination it took to come up with this world. Every detail, from how many Megacities were in North America to the floating heads in Hilent's
Don Bradshaw
Reviewed on Hearts On Fire...

Wow this was an amazing piece of fantasy from an author totally new to me. The second book in this series, Oculus, can not come out soon enough. Jordan Pendragon is a wiz kid at math, a high school hockey star and one gorgeous hunk. He and his twin sister Kathy are orphans living on their own on Salt Lake City. Jordan is in a terrible car wreck which left him in a coma for a week. When he awoke, he saw a strange young man coming out
Cindy Borgne
Nov 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slipstream is a wild ride into a parallel world blended with high-tech and dark urban fantasy.

At first, crazy things were just kind of happening to the main character, Jordan Pendragon. He found a strange bracelet and tampered with it. He got into fights and irritated emotionally cold teachers. A lot of questions were being raised about that bracelet, a mysterious British guy and some unusual things Jordan was seeing after the car accident.

I wanted answers to all the strange happenings. I was g
Marc Leroux
Disclaimer: I received this book as part of the Goodreads giveaway program.
The premise of the book interested me. Science-fiction, time travel, multiple universes and hockey. What more could I ask for?
Well, better writing and character development, perhaps. Perhaps using real hockey terms (it's "right wing" not "right forward") and not constantly referring to "ice hockey" ... we get the point after the 10th repetition).
Jason Pendragon and his sister Kathy are normal teenagers, growing up without
Jul 08, 2012 rated it liked it
I received 'SLIPSTREAM' by Michael Offutt as a Goodreads Giveaway.

I liked the pace of the book.
The world of Avalon is well created. The monsters and modified people are especially fascinating.

What I didn't expect was the amount of drugs present in the story.
I originally expected the liquid life to be the symbolic/actual equivalent to drugs. So, drugs, like we know them, too, in Avalon caught me a little offhand, but I guess it's necessary for the story.
And I disliked it only due personal prefer
Nov 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been quite ill of late and my heart's not in writing a review here, but I'm afraid I'll forget to follow up and do this later so I'll be brief.

This is about as tough a book to summarize, or review, as I’ve read in a while. I have to give the author an A+ for effort regardless, this novel is so jam packed with ideas that I’m not sure I can count them all. I mean, there is a ton of stuff going on here.

At first, the story begins in rather mundane fashion, a high school student struggling to fi
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michael Offutt’s SLIPSTREAM is a thrilling debut to this new series!

After Jordan Pendragon awakes from a car accident, he discovers he has unusual abilities to manipulate space-time. Those abilities quickly become his answer to life or death when he, another man, and his sister are sucked into a parallel universe. In Avalon, nothing is as it seems, and Jordan must find a way to use his powers once again to save both their worlds.

SLIPSTREAM is a complex book filled with strong elements of science
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This was a bit of a strange book that never really fully came together for me. Jordan himself is a bit of a contradiction - a sporty guy who loves Ice Hockey but who is also a bit of a science geek who spends his down-time considering Schrodinger’s cat in some detail. His sister as well remains something of an enigma for much of this novel and neither character ever really develops much beyond the first page. The plot felt highly derivative an
I have recently received Michael Offutt's Slipstream as a GoodReads Giveaway

I've never been good at introductions, so I'll just cut to the chase...

Michael's debut novel looks like a very good promise for future writings.
There are quite some features that he combined successfully in turning a nice story, like, and not stopping at, good overall pacing of the action, building the tension, building like-able characters, creating a deep dystopic world, and so on.

There are also a couple of ideas that
Helena Soister
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Any book that begins with a teenager saying, "Last night, I died for the third time this week," gets my attention. But I was really hooked when this teenager ponders his physics class lesson by combining Schrodinger's Cat with speculations about God being forced to use angels to travel between dimensions because of the quantum laws he created, and the effects of "the one consciousness out there that we all happen to share."

"Slipstream" is an exciting science fiction adventure story that dares to
Alex Akira
Dec 31, 2012 rated it liked it
This highly ambitious novel blends quantum theory, mythology and spirituality into an action-adventure, mystery-ridden, technically detailed, love story that reads like a script for a movie or a new video game. I'm rating it 3.5 stars.

While I was compelled to turn its pages, fascinated by the incredible amount of detail the author created for his world and eager to find answers to the mystery it’s pages held, I also found myself searching for something I could grab ahold of to satisfy my emoti
Charity Bradford
Nov 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Hold on to your seats, I'm sure many of you will not have seen this coming. The average Mormon Girl reads and likes a book with gay characters. ;)

Let's break this down in to bite sized chunks.

The Science

This book is not for everyone. Michael does a wonderful job digging deep into the world of physics to explain what the slipstream is and how it works. I love this kind of stuff even though my mommy brain has a hard time keeping up with it. Perhaps this is why I love it. It gives me a chance to st
Michael Pierce
May 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michael Offutt’s debut novel, Slipstream, is unlike anything I’ve read. It is a sci-fi mystery, adventure with a teenage protagonist, Jordan Pendragon. The book gets its title from the physical phenomenon of the same name, which Offutt uses as an extraordinary ability to manipulate space-time, giving it to Jordon to discover and learn to harness.

The story begins on Earth, where Jordon, a high school hockey star with an aptitude for physics, learns of his ability with the slipstream. He meets a y
Catherine Stine
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: sci-fi lovers, theoretical physics lovers, myth, fantasy
Jordan Pendragon is a multilayered guy. He's handsome, an ace at ice hockey and math, but not as at ease with navigating the emotional realms of high school and at staying clean. When he learns that he's being followed by a strange British man Kolin, and Jordan turns to chase him, Kolin leaves behind a glowing, seamless watchband. Jordan is in dire pain when he tries it on and the thing sucks green oil from his arm. He later learns from Kolin that the band is called a Life Extractor, and Green L ...more
Nov 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slipstream starts off simply enough. Jordan Pendragon lives in Salt Lake City. He's a star hockey player on his high school team. All the girls want him, but he's not all that interested in them. Then he goes out with his sister and a couple of friends and there's an accident that lands Jordan in the hospital. He sees a young man kill a fellow patient. Later Jordan sees that young man again and after an altercation finds a strange bracelet.

While at a state fair with his sister and a couple of f
Callie Leuck
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SLIPSTREAM is a scifi book that is a little heavier on the science than some scifi I've read, but certainly not any heavier than ALL scifi. As a science-medical writer, I like that aspect, but it's something I will probably advise people of when I tell them about this book. The main character is a high school hockey player in Salt Lake City who likes to think about theoretical physics in his spare time. He is NOT your average high school kid. Also, he and his sister live alone. Again, not averag ...more
Michael Di Gesu
May 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SLIPSTREAM is an amazing conglomeration of high fashion, suspense, mystery, science fiction, and young adult trials and tribulations.

Michael’s keen descriptions add layers and layers to this intriguing story of a boy named Jordan. Not the usual hero, he is blond, buffed, and sensitive ... and ... did I mention gay? What a great role model of young gay teens.

Jordan is a jock, a scholar, and the boy next door all rolled up in one. What I really loved about this novel is the dynamic between Jordan
Sean Farrell
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
After my playthrough of the "Mass Effect" trilogy of video games wound up as a tragically optimistic, sci-fi, gay love story; I decided to look into finding some gay sci-fi romance fiction and stumbled upon this title. I have to say I am glad I did. This book is by no means perfect; there are a few questionable character decisions and some of the dialogue just doesn't feel like something that people in the age group represented would ever actually say, but despite those flaws, this still wound u ...more
Nov 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Slipstream by Michael Offutt has a very entertaining concept. Combining Arthurian themes with examples of advanced technology, a society that where the rich buy the life essence of the poor, alternate realities, and spirit animals leads to a book that has a unique feel.

The story that the book tells heavily involves two things that I know almost nothing about hockey and advanced math. Despite those two things being featured I still really enjoyed this book. The characters are done well for the m
Nov 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slipstream is a mind-blowing sci-fi read from beginning to end. It's not a quick read. The details of the world that Offutt has created deserve a slow study. Most of the story takes place in the world of Avalon. This dark and seedy world is obsessed with many things but mainly a substance called Liquid Life. The main character, Jordan, and his twin sister both possess this valuable substance in a rare form called Life Green. I don't plan to recount the entire synopsis. This is a story of a quest ...more
Nov 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways-won
I recieved this book for free through Goodreads First Reads

This book hooked me in from the very first line-"Last night, I died for the third time this week" and never let go. The pace was fast and the storyline unique. I was drawn into the well crafted world that was Avalon and was amazed at the detail in it. Michael Offutt clearly had and explanation and a backstory to everything. The romance was subtle and added to the storyline instead of dominating it.I was put off slightly by the physic dis
Clarissa Draper
Nov 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Michael Offutt has done his research for this book. There is just so much information packed into it. Those who like the deeper concepts of space-time manipulation, aliens, dystopian worlds, and parallel universes will find this book has a lot to offer.

If you're just looking for a nice sci-fi/fantasy read, you'll love it too. It starts off innocently enough but soon, they are transported to Avalon, a world where oddly created beings and out-of-our-earth concepts are reality.

Although most of it
Alyson Burdette
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is fast paced and full of excitement. The author has created an entire world that seems a bit too big to fit into the entire book. There are lots of interesting characters in Slipstream. I liked Jordan and his sister (I actually wish we could have seen a bit more of her in the story.) Jordan isn’t a typical high school kid, which makes him interesting. He’s smart but doesn’t always make the wisest decisions. I also loved how the writer wove in a lot of interesting bits of information a ...more
Feb 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Looks like almost all of the readers have shared my sentiments already, so I will be brief.

Slipstream is NOT your typical science fiction novel. If you're tired of cliches and overdone plots, characters, and other elements...Slipstream is for YOU.

This book was a breath of fresh air. It has everything I want and more: REAL characters, adventure and action, and a complex yet easy-to-follow plot. Despite the book dealing with theoretical physics and quantum mechanics, the cool science aspect did no
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the Goodreads Givaway program.

The characters are well built and the world has incredible depth. The story is well thought out and the pace is quick which makes for a pleasant read. While I enjoyed this book I did have some trouble in the beginning with the author's style of description(using name brands to describe clothing), although once I got past that the story really picked up and proceeded to blow me away.

Michale Offutt is a good storyteller and I look forward to
Benoit Lelièvre
Jan 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it, but this is not for every reader. It's HARD sci-fi. A very different, complex world, some actual science and invented devices that would probably work given the right circumstances. Think of hard sci-fi being to normal sci-fi, what hardboiled is to mysteries. I would call it a cyberpunk dystopia, but it really has that picaresque charm of steampunk to it. I doubt this will charm casual readers, but sci-fi geeks will be ALL OVER IT. It kind of beat me up, but I wouldn't say no to the ...more
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Michael Offutt writes speculative fiction books that have science fiction, GLBT, and paranormal elements. His first book, "Slipstream" has received some critical acclaim and was published by Double Dragon in spring 2012. The sequel, "Oculus," was published in 2012. He has one brother, no pets, and a few roots that keep his tree of life sufficiently watered. By day, he works for the State of Utah a ...more

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