Author(s): Neil GaimanDownload
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 alternate versions of himself from an array of these worlds. Together, the army of Joeys must battle evil magicians Lord Dogknife and Lady Indigo to keep the balance of power between all the earths stable. Teens—and tweens and adults—who obsessively read the His Dark Materials and Harry Potter series will be riveted by InterWorld and its sequel, The Silver Dream.
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Interworld is Neil Gaiman’s take on teleporting. The reason I gave it a 5 stars is you’d be astounded by the simplicity with which Neil narrates the complex quantum principles governing parallel Universes. More than anything, just read it for understanding why some people are so much in love with Quantum mechanics.
No, this is not a physics text book. A sci fi fantasy would be more likely. But the clarity with which Gaiman explains the complex structures… WOW!!! As a Quantum buff + Fantasy lover, this book is one hell of a treat.
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars.
I like Neil Gaiman. I like his adult novels and I like his YA books, especially Neverwhere and Coraline. This YA book was written with another author so it is not pure Gaiman and it suffers a bit as a result. But still, it is enjoyable and a good book for kids and teens who like sci fi and fantasy.
Joey Harker is in high school, 11th or 12th grade. One of his teachers comes up with creative projects for his classes. One day he divides all the kids in class into groups and had them dropped up at various unknown to them locations from which they must figure out how to get back to school. Joey recognizes where his group is left off and is sure he knows how to get back, only he is soon lost. But then suddenly he’s not except that his mother has changed and doesn’t recognize him. Joey is a walker — he can cross dimensions and travel between alternate timelines where somethings are very different. And it seems to be a “family” trait, as all the walkers are male and female versions of Joey, although some are older and a few are younger. Some come from “magic” driven worlds, some from science driven worlds. The walkers’ mission is to keep one of two rival groups of bad creatures from taking over all the various universes.
Joey makes some big mistakes on his first time leading a group of walkers on a training mission. All of his team is captured. Joey’s superiors wipe his memory and send him back to his universe. Only the memory wipe does take. After a few months Joey remembers and returns. And on his way, he rescues his teammates.
It’s an entertaining story.
“In an infinity of worlds, anything is not only possible, it’s mandatory.”
A sci-fi adventure with infinite Joeys through endless worlds in all possible dimensions. Some worlds are all about the science and some worlds are all about the magic and some worlds are a combination of both and all the rest are a little bit of this and a whole lot of that and everything in between. It sounds complicated. And it sorta is. But in a wonderful way because Neil Gaiman is steering this ship. There are many big words and science fiction-y concepts but it is fun and hits you with all the feels. It took me a minute to figure out exactly what the heck was going on but I enjoyed the journey and am looking forward to book #2.
P.S. I will never look at soap bubbles the same way again after meeting an adorable mudluff named Hue. Yes, I wrote mudluff. Big words and sci-fi concepts — just go with it.
This was a fairly fun read. It’s probably middle school aged level but still enjoyable for older kids and adults. Joey Harker accidentally Walks to another Earth and finds out that there are millions of other Earths. There are two empires trying to conquer all the Earths: the HEX (magic) and the Binary (science). There is also a group of hundreds of Joey Harkers from all different kinds of Earths trying to keep the balance in the multi-verse and prevent either empire from getting too powerful.
There were a few points that dropped it down from being great. Some plot points were far too easy accomplished or poorly explained. I also found the “training” chapters to be a bit boring. Overall, it was a fairly quick read and an interesting enough different vision of the universe.