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Be My Enemy

(Everness #2)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  498 ratings  ·  52 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
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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
Nicholas Whyte
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it

Sequel to Planesrunner, which I read last year. Our protagonist continues to try and tie things together between his/our own reality, a steampunk alternate timeline, and some much nastier worlds. I got a bit lost with the evil robot doubles but generally enjoyed it.
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
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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
Dec 15, 2015 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 08, 2012 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
David Schwan
Jul 26, 2014 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.
Steven Poore
Planesrunner was fantastic enough, with its furious charge through quantum realities and its absolute refusal to treat the reader as dumb. Be My Enemy kicks it all up a gear. You can't read these two books and dismiss them lightly as YA. No, this is excellent science fiction, recommended for old adults such as myself as well as young adults. Pick up Planesrunner first, but don't miss this second volume - here we really do start to venture into the Panoply of worlds, and you get a sense of the tu ...more
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Who says I have to read things in order? Somehow this was less steam punk-y and more dark and heart felt. Excellent series. now trying to reserve book 1!
Aug 13, 2014 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
Jan 11, 2014 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
Dec 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is part two in Ian McDonald's Young Adult Sci-Fi Adventure Series, "Everness", and it's as much fun as Part One was. In the last book, 14-year-old Everett Singh escaped into a parallel universe known as E3, a steampunk alternate Earth that had discovered how to build a Heisenberg Jump Gate. In search of his physicist father, who had been flung into some other universe, and fleeing from the villainous Villiers (hmmm), Everett joined the motley crew of the airship Everness and fought in some ...more
Mar 07, 2013 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
Dawn Vanniman
Sep 05, 2012 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
Alisa Russell
Sep 27, 2012 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
Jan 12, 2013 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
Sep 06, 2012 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 computation ...more
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
Dec 29, 2013 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
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. ...more
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
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
Feb 15, 2014 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
Jan 28, 2015 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
May 01, 2013 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
Oct 27, 2012 rated it liked it
I can't say I've enjoyed Be My Enemy as much as Planesrunner, but it had some pretty awesome moments (the destruction of Nahn - one of them). Sen as always is pretty charming, and I adore the whole mad crew of Everness, but I wasn't keen on Everett M's side of story and the plot development was not as exciting as in book #1. However, the ending opens a lot of scary possibilities, and I can't wait to see what happens next. ...more
Jun 10, 2014 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.
Aug 11, 2014 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. ...more
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ian McDonald hit the second installment of the Everness series out of the park. The second book feels so original and introduces some characters and ideas into the series that promises to make this series very special.

I often found myself imagining the amazing worlds and landscapes that Ian describes and what I see is amazing. I am very happy with the direction and feel of this series.
Aug 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Good sci-fi story that's heavy on the science/tech jargon. Parallel worlds, inventions, aliens, super sophisticated technology that threatens all of existence. A boy looking for his father and a device called the Infundibulum. Things look dire and the conclusion isn't hopeful. But that's what a third book is for! ...more
Sep 03, 2015 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.
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
That was a quite entertaining read. It is, just like the previous book in the series, not some kind of wildly complex sci-fi McDonald is capable of writing but a adventure sci-fi book that very nice to read if you want to relax and have fun. Very easy to read, very dynamic, nice pacing, practically no slow downs.
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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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