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Planesrunner (Everness Series) [Paperback]

Ian McDonald
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25 April 2013 Everness Series (Book 1)

There is not just one you, there are many yous. We're part of a multiplicity of universes in parallel dimensions - and Everett Singh's dad has found a way in.

But he's been kidnapped, and now it is as though Everett's dad never existed. Yet there is one clue for his son to follow, a mysterious app: the Infundibulum.

The app is a map, not just to the Ten Known Worlds, but to the entire multiverse - and there are those who want to get their hands on it very badly. If Everett's going to keep it safe and rescue his dad, he's going to need friends: like Captain Anastasia Sixmith, her adopted daughter and the crew of the airship Everness.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books (25 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178087667X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780876672
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ian McDonald was born in Manchester in 1960. His family moved to Northern Ireland in 1965. He now lives in Belfast and works in TV production. The author of many previous novels, including the groundbreaking Chaga books set in Africa, Ian McDonald has long been at the cutting edge of SF. RIVER OF GODS won the BSFA award in 2005.

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'McDonald writes with scientific and literary sophistication, as well as a wicked sense of humour. This first volume of the Everness series is a winner' Publishers Weekly.

'Shining imagination, pulsing suspense and sparkling writing make this one stand out' Kirkus Reviews.

'A cracking adventure story' SFX magazine.

'Ripping yarn ... Engaging adventure with sequels coming' Seven magazine (Sunday Telegraph).

'Where McDonald's narrative really shines is the detail in which he describes E3 ... There are similarities to Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials'

'Right from the word go, Planesrunner has the reader sucked in. McDonald has an incredible economy of style' Starburst magazine.

'Exhilarating ... a series that stands to redefine award-winning author Ian McDonald's place in the multiverse of speculative fiction' Speculative Scotsman.

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There is not just one of you, there are many yous. We're part of a multiplicity of universes in parallel dimensions - and Everett Singh's dad has found a way in. But he's been kidnapped from the streets of London, right under his son's nose, and now it's as if Everett's dad never existed. The police won't help, and his mum thinks Everett has brought shame on his family. There is only one clue for him to follow, a mysterious app his dad sent to his iPad: the Infundibulum. The app is a map, not just to the Ten Known Worlds, but to the entire multiverse - and there are those who want to get their hands on it very badly. Now Everett's got to find a way to unlock the secret of the Infundibulum and cross entire dimensions to find his father. If he's going to beat the bad guys, he's going to need friends: like Captain Anastasia Sixsmyth, her adopted daughter, Sen, and the crew of the airship Everness.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced YA adventure. 27 Sep 2013
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Fast paced well-plotted YA SF adventure novel. The SF ideas aren't particularly novel but are smoothly handled and well thought through. A smidgin of humour helps things along.
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4.0 out of 5 stars YA Mind Spanning SF 4 Jan 2013
Reviewer: Ken Norman

Planesrunner is a rollercoaster in a panoply of ways. There's influences from everything and everywhere shoehorned into the first part of a series that could run forever. The mood of the story could best be described as an adventure story in the old fashioned sense - it reminded me of the pulp SF books I read when I was young, but none of those books contained the level of detail nor breadth of scope that this does. I looked up the author about halfway through the book, to find that the story has been targeted at the young adult reader. This shouldn't put you off though! It is still an entertaining read from start to end and doesn't shy away from the more adult themes that come up from time to time, though the hardened adults might find it feeling a bit watered down in places.

The adventure revolves around a boy (don't they all) who has to man up and go searching across parallel universes looking for his missing dad. This makes him the Planesrunner of the title. And no, it's got nothing to do with Bladerunner. He encounters girls, nasty politicians, policemen, generally bad people and pawnbrokers, but never gets into serious trouble. Some of the characterisation is a little two dimensional but, in the context of the target audience, isn't much of a big deal, as there is lots of fun looking for just how many big ideas are crammed in here. There are elements of Steampunk, polari, nanotubes, multidimensional mathematics, parallel universes, social networking and Asian cooking. What? Asian cooking? For some reason, our intrepid protagonist is Punjabi. I waited for a specific reason for this to be the case, but couldn't really find one. Maybe I'll find out later in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super writing in a great setting 1 Jan 2013
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This is a YA book, but McDonald doesn't tone down his trademark superb writing style; the world feels like a cross between Masefield's _Box of Delights_ and Pullman's _Northern Lights_, even the infodumps feel unusually solid when you bang on them. Finely-executed characters; in all a really good piece of work, I'd strongly recommend it to fans of McDonald even if they don't usually read YA.
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I'm trying to find the right words to describe my awe while reading this book... Planesrunner has been on my bookshelf for a long time, I just saw few very good reviews from the blogs I trust and bought it. If not for my book buying ban, it would have stayed gathering dust there for much much longer...

The book starts with Everett Singh, a teenage son of a quantum physicist seeing his dad being kidnapped on the streets of London. Police treating the case as of missing person and don't believe that Everett is telling the truth. Desperate boy receives a strange file from his dad's email account and from then on his life is never the same again.

Apparently, his father has been working on mapping parallel universes and a power group following his research snatched him to work only for them not for the good of all. Now it's up to his very talented son to jump through the gates and save everyone.

This book starts as sci-fi, incredibly fascinating, with all the theories of parallel worlds and human beings just like you inhabiting them, but it quickly evolves into an electropunk as Everett himself calls it when he jumps to the world in which he thinks his father is held hostage.

The London he sees runs on electricity and is full of magnificent airships. It's very colourful, reminds you of late Victorian era, full of spicy new language that Airish (airship sailors?) use to communicate and strange new customs.

Very quickly Everett gets taken under care of a young, bold teenage air pilot, Sen, the daughter of Anastasia Sixsmyth, the captain of Everness and starts plotting how to get his father back with the help of the friends he is acquiring.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun to the Fun squared! 19 Mar 2014
Endless alternate worlds to our own, and young Everett holds the key to them all in PLANESRUNNER. Sounds like a dream come true…though its probably a touch bit of a nightmare for him. For us? A marvelous treat of adventure, science and balderdash!

Fun to the Fun squared!
If you’ve been aching to find that amazing young adult read that mixes science fiction with high adventure this is definitely the book you need to pick up. I’ve read a fair share of sci-fi YA books and this one is singularly unique. Why? Because of the science! I would describe Planesrunner as heavier on the science side than most other YA books I’ve read, and it manages to not be so heavy that it gets bogged down. Not that I know if any of the science is correct *grin* but it sure was fascinating to read. It was great in that it didn’t seem as if anything was dumbed down or glossed over, indeed this would probably be a techie kids uber dream.

The geek of the Earth are a tribe and they are mighty. – pg 67

Young Everett is a science genius and all of the details we are given support that. Even though that in itself might be hard to swallow, a young teen being such a quantum physics genius. But at every turn his personality and his actions meld so well that it couldn’t be any other way, this kid just makes sense. Yes, he’s a young teen with smarts beyond compare but he still makes from the hip decisions like that of the teen he is. Rash, spontaneous, and not always thinking ten steps ahead type of behavior, now that is teen to me. I loved how well all aspects about him worked together and made him all the more believable! Especially some of his basic common sense.

Rules for twenty-first-century living: never give the police your only photograph.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Solid execution of a shaky concept, not taken to it's logical...
Ian McDonald writes some wonderfully detailed and characterful 'grown-up' SF. His YA is perfectly acceptable, but feels like he's talking down a little. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sam Miles
5.0 out of 5 stars Londons Calling
Some books are great because they are filled with complex themes and subtle nuance. Others, and they tend to be YA novels, take a single idea and tell a ridiculously exciting story... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Quicksilver
2.0 out of 5 stars Juvenile
My fault I suppose but I didn't realise Planes Runner was written for teenagers. A few pages and I gave up.
Published 3 months ago by Gerson
5.0 out of 5 stars Super
A very well written bok with a good plt and imaginitive characters, wil read the follow up when the price comes down a bit!
Published 9 months ago by john h
4.0 out of 5 stars Some weaknesses but very readable
I enjoyed this book, especially the settings which worked very well, I found the narrative moved along well and kept me turning the pages (or I suppose I should say flicking to the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Captain
5.0 out of 5 stars A 5 star read
The purchase was a bit of a punt. Didn't read any reviews, but the description intrigued me. Loved the premise of the story - not something I'd come across before. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Tony Lock
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique
Well written, fast paced and unique story
Loved it and can't wait for the next book
Hope it won't be long
Published 11 months ago by Phil Newheart
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Science Fiction's grand themes, a good story... and airships!
This was my first foray into the works of Ian McDonald (an omission I plan to correct) and I really enjoyed it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Alan
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I love a Science Fiction novel that brings heroes that the young reader can get on with as well as villains that they'll just love to hate especially when a well-established author... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog
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