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Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves – Interworld

March 3, 2008

27. InterWorld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves (2007)

Length: 242 pages

Genre: Young Adult; Sci-Fi; Fantasy; Action-Adventure

Started: 02 March 2008
Finished: 03 March 2008

Summary: Joey Harker is a your average teenage who happens to get lost on a class field trip… really lost. Joey has the ability to Walk between alternate parallel dimensions, when he accidentally wanders onto another Earth, he is recruited by the forces of InterWorld – an elite organization made of of Joeys from across the possible worlds. Together, they form a team of commandos that is fighting to keep a balance between the forces of science and magic across all of the worlds. However, when a training exercise goes terribly wrong, Joey must fight to free his friends and save not only his world, but all possible worlds.

Review: Good solid action-adventure, but a lack of heft to the story and a couple of glaring flaws made this book feel a little amateurish, or at least a little juvenile. I’m okay with a story that’s just a story, with cool things happening and things blowing up and danger and adventure and excitement, particularly coming from Gaiman; he’s a good storyteller, but rarely concerns himself with the deeper emotions or in-depth metaphysics of the worlds’s he’s created. This book does tell a good, exciting story, with enough twists and turns to keep readers interested, and without being overly dumbed-down or fluff-ified for its intended pre-teen audience. Still, the manuscript sat in a drawer for about a decade before publication, and it felt like Gaiman and Reaver were so ready to get it published that they didn’t notice that it just needed a little more polishing before it was put out there. There was one really noticeable instance where something contradicted what was said only 14 pages before, there were some sub-plots, characterizations, and threads that kept popping up but never amounted to much, a lot of interesting questions (both of science and of some emotional issues) weren’t explored to their full potential, and a few details were left hanging – in hopes of a sequel? – that seemed out of place. Overall, it was still an imaginative, fun, and fast read, although probably not destined to become one of the classics of YA lit. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Recommendation: A quick, fun little book, although weaker than most of the rest of Gaiman’s work that I’ve read to date – or at least geared towards a younger crowd.

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First Line: Once I got lost in my own house.

Vocab:

  • p. 175: “This is how to find dungeons, if you ever have friends in durance vile in a castle somewhere:” – incarceration or imprisonment
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  • p. 195: “He rolled uncomfortably on the ground. “I’m paresthetic,” he said, “all pins and needles.”” – an abnormal sensation, as prickling, itching, etc.
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  • p. 217: ““Then,” he panted, “you would have a prism with an ouroboros imprisoned in it.”” – a circular symbol of a snake or dragon devouring its tail, standing for infinity or wholeness.
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  • p. 230: “The powder swirled faster and faster, and I could feel the potency of her geas lessening.” – A geis can be compared with a curse or, paradoxically, a gift. If someone under a geis violates the associated taboo, the infractor will suffer dishonour or even death.
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2 Comments leave one →
  1. David permalink
    January 24, 2011 11:45 am

    I thought it was a fantastic book, and I had only one question–What in the WORLD was Frost Night???
    Praying for a sequel…

  2. sean permalink
    March 5, 2015 4:21 am

    i cant wait for the third sequel!!! “Eternity’s Wheel”

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