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The Resource Planesrunner, by Ian McDonald

Planesrunner, by Ian McDonald

Label
Planesrunner
Title
Planesrunner
Statement of responsibility
by Ian McDonald
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When fourteen-year-old Everett Singh's scientist father is kidnapped from the streets of London, he leaves a mysterious app on Everett's computer giving him access to the Infundibulum--a map of parallel earths--which is being sought by technologically advanced dark powers that Everett must somehow elude while he tries to rescue his father
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Tone
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Award
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2013.
Review
  • Grades 8-11 Fourteen-year-old Everett Singh discovers that parallel worlds are not so theoretical after all when his physicist father is kidnapped from a London street and Everett is thrown into a pandimensional multiverse conspiracy. On E3, an electric steampunk parallel world, Everett searches for his father while evading the authorities with the help of Sen Sixsmyth, an Airish girl. As in Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange (1962), a slightly altered language (a glossary is included) gives the story an off-kilter and timeless feel, and big world issues—including prejudice in several forms—are filtered through the characters’ struggles. The novel does this with subtle humor, paying homage to several classic sf tropes, including the bigger-on-the-inside concept most commonly associated with Doctor Who. Compelling characters populate this richly imagined, complex parallel world in award-winning McDonald’s debut young-adult novel, the first in the Everness series. The fast-paced, action-filled plot and cliffhanger ending will leave readers eagerly awaiting Everett’s next adventure. -- Osborne, Charli (Reviewed 02-01-2012) (Booklist, vol 108, number 11, p90)
  • /* Starred Review */ In this first YA novel from noted SF writer McDonald (The Dervish House), 14-year-old Everett Singh is still dealing with his parents’ divorce when his quantum physicist father is kidnapped, and both the police and Everett’s father’s boss are acting strangely. Then Everett is emailed a complex computer program, the Infundibulum, which allows Everett, no slouch at math himself, to map out an infinite number of alternate worlds. Everett learns that his father was kidnapped because the governments of the so-called Ten Known Worlds want the Infundibulum for themselves. Soon he winds up in an alternate “electropunk” England in which sophisticated dirigibles rule the skies; there he meets Sen, the pixyish pilot of the Everness, who initially attempts to steal his computer, but becomes a close ally. Athletic, brilliant, and always ahead of the game, Everett is too perfect, but it doesn’t detract from the book’s fun. McDonald writes with scientific and literary sophistication, as well as a wicked sense of humor. Add nonstop action, eccentric characters, and expert universe building, and this first volume of the Everness series is a winner. Ages 12–up. (Dec.) --Staff (Reviewed October 17, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 42, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Science fiction rules in this stellar series opener about a boy who travels to parallel universes. What joy to find science fiction based on real scientific concepts. Fourteen-year-old Everett Singh sees his physicist father kidnapped from a London street and learns that he'll have to travel to another universe to save him. Dad cleverly sends Everett a map to the multiverse, knowing that Everett has the smarts to decipher it. Dr. Singh invented the "Heisenberg Gate" that allows travel between worlds, leading to the discovery of nine parallel Earths. Everett sneaks through the gate to get to a parallel London, where he meets Sen, a scrappy girl, and her airship crew, who will help him rescue his father. Meanwhile, he must evade the powerful politician who wants his map. In his debut for teens, established science-fiction writer McDonald builds a world just different enough to charm readers into believing, populating it with entertaining, quirky characters, spicing up the story with Punjabi cooking and a secret dialect (complete with glossary) and explaining the multiverse theory in readily comprehensible terms. Suspense rules, and Everett's advantages come from both his football goalie skills and his intelligence. Shining imagination, pulsing suspense and sparkling writing make this one stand out. As Sen would say, "fantabulosa bona." (Science fiction. 12-16)(Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2011)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10041229
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1960-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McDonald, Ian
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Interest level
MG+
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 6
  • 12
Reading level
5.5
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Everness series
Series volume
bk. 1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Kidnapping
  • Technology
  • Science fiction
  • London (England)
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Planesrunner, by Ian McDonald
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Publication
Note
"First part of the Everness series"--Jacket
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
855063
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
269 pages
Isbn
9781616145415
Lccn
2011032751
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781616145415
  • (OCoLC)726821398
Label
Planesrunner, by Ian McDonald
Publication
Note
"First part of the Everness series"--Jacket
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
855063
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
269 pages
Isbn
9781616145415
Lccn
2011032751
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781616145415
  • (OCoLC)726821398

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