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.
This parallel universe adventure would surely have been more exciting when its authors first conceived it in 1995; today it feels somewhat like a gee-whiz amalgam of The Matrix, comic book multiverses and Ender's Game. High-schooler Joey Harker has a terrible sense of direction; during a field trip he gets lost and ends up in a world where the McDonald's arches are green plaid, his mother doesn't recognize him and everything has been altered to varying degrees. He is rescued by a mysterious man named Jay (who looks like an older version of Joey) and learns that he has "Walked" between two of millions of coexisting worlds, landing in one where he drowned a year earlier. Joey finds himself the target of two warring peoples one technology-driven, the other possessing mystical abilities who capture Walkers like himself to harness their power. The action takes Joey to an academy at InterWorld, where hundreds of other kids who resemble him (and who all have the initials J.H.) train to "defend and protect the Altiverse from those who would harm it or bend it to their will." Gaiman devotees, used to headier stuff, may be disappointed. Ages 10-up.
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This book was excellent and don't let my following comments deter you from enjoying a fantastic story that plunges the reader into a mired of strange and fantastic worlds. The only qualm I have with the book is it's simplicity. Throughout the entire book I kept thinking, "wow, Neil is holding back." At first I thought it was intended to be a children's novel, like the Graveyard Book, which is totally acceptable, but some topics and phrases seemed to complex for children. It wasn't until I read the afterward that I learn that this was intended to be a teaser for a television series. It makes sense now, but it is unfortunate that something with so much potential, is dumbed down for television. I love Neil Gaiman and all his works, but this is not one of his best. It would be good for young teens or early high schoolers who will love the meshing of science and magic that the authors weave in Interworld.
Love the action, science and magic
As someone who is into the thought of parallel worlds, this book was a great read.
great sci/fantasy adventure for boys , Girls & anyone else!
A fabulous, and fast paced adventure set in multiple universes. Young Joey "walker" joins the interworld commandos as they struggle against the twin threats-- HEX and Binary.
This story is filled with adventure, science and sometimes magic. It's fast paced and exciting. While many of the ideas seem whacky, the core ideas of the story are things that many serious scientists actually think about.
Above all, this story is a fast , breezy read!