“A worthy and thrilling follow-up to The Flight of the Silvers; the wait for Book 3 will be tough to bear.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
The second book in the genre-bending Silvers series—an io9 "can't miss" sci-fi pick—about six extraordinary people whose fates become intertwined on an Earth far different from our own.
The end of the world was just the beginning for Hannah and Amanda Given. Saved from apocalypse by three mysterious beings, the sisters were marked with a silver bracelet and transported to an entirely different Earth—a place where restaurants move through the air like flying saucers and the fabric of time is manipulated by common household appliances.
There, the Givens were joined by four other survivors in silver: an acerbic cartoonist, a shy teenage girl, an aloof young Australian, and a troubled ex-prodigy. Hunted by enemies they never knew they had, and afflicted with temporal abilities they never wanted, the sisters and their new companions embarked on a cross-country journey to find the one man who can give them shelter.
Now, six months after their tumultuous arrival in New York City, the Silvers find themselves in more trouble than ever. Their new world is dying, and a clan of powerful timebenders believes that killing them is the only way to stop it. The U.S. government has sent its most ruthless spy agency to track and capture them. And a new pair of allies—with their own terrifying abilities—endangers the group from within.
But their biggest threat of all may be the people who first saved them: the godlike Pelletiers. They had a reason for bringing the Givens and their friends to this world. And when the Silvers learn the awful truth, nothing will ever be the same.
Price follows 2014's The Flight of the Silvers with a dense second adventure for his ensemble cast of unlikely superheroes. It's been nine and a half months since Hannah and Amanda Given, Zack Trillinger, Mia Farisi, David Dormer, and Theo Maranan collectively the Silvers were saved from the apocalypse by the mysterious, creepy Pelletiers and transported to San Francisco on an Earth in an alternate timeline that diverged from ours in 1912. They soon discovered that they have some unusual powers. Unfortunately, the apocalypse for this alternate Earth is coming in four years, and it's up to Theo to find the single time string that leads to a safe future. The Silvers have honed their abilities (such as creating portals and slowing down time) and fighting talents, and they'll need all those skills to contend with the Pelletiers, government agents, and the Gothams, who are convinced they can save the world by killing the Silvers. Price's worldbuilding is dizzying and complex, and new characters (including a group of very odd children and a tiger named Bo) join the already enormous cast. Returning readers will be excited to get some answers about the Pelletiers, but this is certainly not a book for newcomers.
Better than the first
The second outing for the Silvers reads much faster than the page count suggests. Now that we are familiar with he characters and their motivations, this book focuses more on the mystery of their predicament and the forces behind it, all while expanding and growing the characters. It was very rewarding to witness the main characters growth from the flawed, normal people to masters of their gifts and true controllers of their surroundings. Mr. Price has done a fantastic job of writing believable and relatable characters.
It will take me a while to process the questions answered and the new ones presented in this, but I am pretty sure I will read this more than once while waiting for the conclusion of the series.