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3.53  ·  Rating details ·  19,564 ratings  ·  2,103 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 a
Hardcover, 239 pages
Published June 26th 2007 by HarperCollins
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Balázs Pőcze If I would be teenage now I'd say it was good, and somewhat satisfying, but now I don't feel so. I just finished it, because it wasn't that bad to put…moreIf I would be teenage now I'd say it was good, and somewhat satisfying, but now I don't feel so. I just finished it, because it wasn't that bad to put down.(less)
István Regös Finding out who he really is and what his place in the universe (or in this case multiverse) is. But you really should read it and find out for yourse…moreFinding out who he really is and what his place in the universe (or in this case multiverse) is. But you really should read it and find out for yourself because questions like this only spoils the fun.(less)

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(B+) 76% | Good
Notes: A clever concept done too cookie-cutter to be anything special, with a hero too vanilla and ill-defined to be relatable.
Miranda Reads
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
In an infinity of worlds, anything is not only possible, it's mandatory.
Enter Joey Walker - armed with his extraordinarily bad sense of direction and a burning desire to pass his final exam - he manages to actually get lost on our planet and walk to another one.

Joey discovers that he's a Walker and that he's not the only one. Throughout all the multidimensional universe every conceivable possible version of Joey Walker has this potential but only a small fraction discover their abilities. A
Jun 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jason Koivu
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, sci-fi
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 quite 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 have to guess that he spends all of his time gathering useless knowl ...more
Apr 09, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
"Opposition is unproductive." This phrase appeared in the book and cracked me up. All I could think of was: "Resistance is futile." (Trekkies out there will know what I'm talking about.)

I didn't realize that this was a Young Adult title when I requested it from the library. Since I had already downloaded it, I figured I would give it a listen anyway, and I'm glad I did.

This wasn't the usual Gaiman fare, it's a sci-fi tale about a young man named Joey Harker who discovers he's a "walker." I'm not
Jun 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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."
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
A story about reality and dimensions. Every choice we make creates a new reality. Think about all those choices for all those people. It's endless. We see the choices of basically one guy and he gets to me all his other selves. Can you imagine being together with yourself from all these timelines, some boy versions and some girl versions and then none of them talking to you and you are an outcast among yourself. Isn't that weird?? I could see that happening to me. I finally have a chance to fit ...more
Jul 26, 2016 rated it liked it
It pains me to give this book three stars. Physical pain! I love Neil Gaiman and almost everything he touches. His children's books are generally just as enjoyable for me as his adult fiction. This was clearly YA. I read a lot of YA, so the three stars aren't because of that. The byline for this particular novel includes Michael Reeves. Perhaps this is the real problem. Reeves may be an excellent writer, but Gaiman he is not.

There is an explanation, framed as an author's note, explaining how thi
Jun 14, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Mike (the Paladin)
Jan 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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) 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
Apr 23, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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. ...more
L.S. Popovich
“InterWorld” is a mixed bag of a read: some of the ideas are excellent, while others are almost intolerable. It is young adult fiction distilled into its most basic form without the intrigue and world building needed to make this series unique.

It is a sci-fi fantasy with a good premise that has the ability to do just about anything with its story. The concept rests on the idea of a multi-verse all made of similar earths caught in a tug-o-war between technology and magic. It is disheartening, the
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
Alex Telander
Nov 02, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Kimberley doruyter
Mar 29, 2014 rated it liked it
fantastic world and story but a little too scifi for me.
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
The idea of the book is great, the theory behind parallel universe and everything else is really interesting. The only thing is that it was too action-packed. I would like it explored the worlds more, different characters and logic of those worlds. Seems to me the book should have been twice as long with added content and character development. As it was conceived as a TV series, I get why it is a bit more action focused, still, I want more. Hope the sequels are better. great ideas and quotes, t ...more
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

It's more children's book than YA and it's probably weakest Gaiman's book I read.It's ok, rather amusing book but not outstanding in any way, it doesn't feel like something written by extraordinary writer like Gaiman.
Lauren Stoolfire
Apr 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, young-adult
Not bad but my possibly my least favorite Neil Gaiman story. I'm really surprised I hadn't heard of this before I picked it up last year at a flea market. ...more
Jana Tetzlaff
Apr 22, 2008 rated it liked it


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
Lis Carey
Joey Harker has no sense of direction. He has even managed to get lost in his own house.

But one day, on a social studies assignment, he outdoes himself. He wanders out of his own world into a neighboring dimension where he doesn't exist.

Beings from assorted other neighboring worlds and dimensions are now after him for his worldwalking ability. There are the people from Hex, who want to boil him down to his essence, and use him to power their ships. There's also another empire among these alterna
Courtney Wells
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, scifi
Science fiction is not usually Neil Gaiman's forte, but I doubt many would suspect that after reading Interworld. Granted, he doesn't quite abandon his use of mysticism and, in my opinion, it's one more thread adding to a rich tapestry of story weaving.

Like with Coraline, Gaiman is appealing to a younger audience than the one he usually writes for. Unlike Caroline, I don't think he quite hit the mark. The general plot and some of the vocabulary might prove frustrating to someone younger than hig
Fuzzy Gerdes
Jan 27, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Md. Al Fidah
Sep 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Not so good, not bad. But expected a lot more from Neil Gaiman. Although from what I read, this one was not written entirely by him. So...
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
Mar 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Angela Blount
3.5 Stars

A solid sci-fi/urban fantasy adventure premise, ideally targeting the mid-to-upper Middle Grade demographic. It’s a quick read—overall fun and fast-paced.

While Gaiman’s name is on it, I tend to agree with those who are asserting it doesn’t feel like a Gaiman book. It lacks a certain air of depth, whimsy, and morbidness that usually permeates his books (including those for younger readers.) I’m going to chalk this up to the co-writing.

Joey is a likeable enough character. He’s pretty bla
May 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, 2013
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
Apr 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: reviewed, sci-fi
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 i
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