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Interworld (Interworld, Book 1) by [Gaiman, Neil, Reaves]
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3.8 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in Interworld (3 Book Series)

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“A fast-paced compulsively readable tale” ALA Booklist

“A mind-stretching ride” VOYA (starred review)

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Joey Harker isn't a hero.

In fact, he's the kind of guy who gets lost in his own house.

But then one day, Joey gets really lost. He walks straight out of his world and into another dimension.

Joey's walk between the worlds makes him prey to two terrible forces--armies of magic and science who will do anything to harness his power to travel between dimensions.

When he sees the evil those forces are capable of, Joey makes the only possible choice: to join an army of his own, an army of versions of himself from different dimensions who all share his amazing power and who are all determined to fight to save the worlds.

Master storyteller Neil Gaiman and Emmy Award-winning science-fiction writer Michael Reaves team up to create a dazzling tale of magic, science, honor, and the destiny of one very special boy--and all the others like him.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1695 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (25 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BAJ6OSW
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,719 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Review I really enjoyed this book to be honest. Joey was a walker, he had the ability to walk to different worlds similar to Earth but each one slightly different, each world had a version of Joey, when he started walking he suddenly made others aware of him, not all were good.

This is an interesting story, I liked it, if you enter this book with no preconcived ideas of what it will be like then you will enjoy it more.
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get immersed
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..... being charitable I'd like to say this book has some good ideas.

But really it's a mess. Sometimes the 'dual author' approach produces excellent literature - look no further than 'Good Omens'. However when it goes bad - and make no mistakes, this book IS bad - it's like being shouted at by two different people, neither of whom has anything of interest to say. How a writer of Gaiman's acumen and ability came to add his name is beyond me. Great shame.
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From the moment I started reading the book, I had the nagging feeling that it read way too much like the treatment for a series pilot; this was confirmed when I reached the final pages and read that indeed, Interworld had been concieved as a series, except that apparently no TV executive got the premise of parallel universes (how did Sliders ever get produced then, I wonder?).

It all works OK as short novel for young readers, and it is entertaining and reads quickly. What went wrong then? Well, several things:
- most of the twists and turns were highly predictable.
- the witty-teenager narrator POV sounded a tad forced, and only in a few places I found myself actually getting an idea of what was REALLY going on in Joey's mind, which caused the third issue
- it all makes him very difficult to engage with, and seeing that every other character out there had very little "screentime" so to speak, leaves the reader feeling cheated

Overall, it's worth a read, but I am not sure how the book will sit with its intended audience. It's almost as if the authors were trying so hard to sound cool, that they forgot to actually make us care about the characters. Which is a shame, considering how that is one of Gaiman's strengths as a writer. I have never read anything from Reaves, so I don't know if this is his style, or they were both having off days. It's a real pity, because there is some potential with the idea, although the way it ends, it's left open to construct a whole series around them, which could explore the characters in detail and finally bring us to actually find them interesting. Which, I believe, was the original intent anyway.
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Childish, americanized teenage rubbish. Lots of angst and lots of luck and lots of repeated description. Good idea but no soul in the adventure. Not at all up to Neil's usual standard (such as Neverwhere).
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Just read this book, pretty much without stopping. A good story, taking you along through several twists and turns. It is a teenage novel, and no fault for that, but as I'm nearer 60 than 15 I can say it works for me, as well. It doesn't have the complexity of a standard Neil Gaimen and it is more "Johhny and the Bomb" than "Stardust" or "Anansi Boys". Reminded me a bit of "Enders Game" - a good read.
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3.5 stars

Fans of the genre will probably rate this higher. I'm not a huge SF reader, but like Gaiman enough to have given this a go. I also read the audio version, which was well narrated.

This has a premise that's been dipped into in Sci-Fi stories more than once, but this is a version for young adults. Parallel universes - I was interested to see how the science behind it was written for a younger-than-usual audience.

Joey Harker, a boy who can't find his way around his own school, manages to get lost while out on a field trip, and stumbles into another dimension. He discovers that there are multiple worlds, some very like his own, some not so - there are some worlds that are ruled by scientific principles, others that lean strongly towards magic (i.e. religions), and many that use both (such as his own). He also learns that the worlds are involved in a war, in which Lord Dogstar and Lady Indigo are plotting destruction, and it is only the Joey Harkers (and his equivalents) in each parallel universe that possess the skills to defeat them.

I will admit, I lost interest at times (this really isn't a genre I have an inclination towards), mostly towards the end. I enjoyed Joey's early story - finding himself in the rather unique situation of being a dimension-hopper, how he learns what the universe really is, and how he must decide between his own home world and saving them all... That one was actually a very moving scene.

There is a sequel, which I don't think is for me, but I'm glad I tried this, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to SF fans, there are some fascinating scientific ideas here to think about. Joey himself, average as he is meant to be, isn't a typical hero, more an everyman (or rather boy), but this does make the plot funny at times, seeing the various incarnation of him that exist in different worlds.

Age ranges, I would say it would be most enjoyed by 10-14 year olds.
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