Be My Enemy (Everness Series #2)

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The next installment of the multiple award-winning author's exciting YA series.

Everett Singh has escaped with the Infundibulum from the clutches of Charlotte Villiers and the Order, but at a terrible price. His father is missing, banished to one of the billions of parallel universes of the Panoply of All Worlds, and Everett and the crew of the airship Everness have taken a wild, random Heisenberg Jump to a random parallel plane. Everett is smart and resourceful, and, from a ...

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Overview

The next installment of the multiple award-winning author's exciting YA series.

Everett Singh has escaped with the Infundibulum from the clutches of Charlotte Villiers and the Order, but at a terrible price. His father is missing, banished to one of the billions of parallel universes of the Panoply of All Worlds, and Everett and the crew of the airship Everness have taken a wild, random Heisenberg Jump to a random parallel plane. Everett is smart and resourceful, and, from a frozen earth far beyond the Plenitude, he plans to rescue his family. But the villainous Charlotte Villiers is one step ahead of him.

The action traverses the frozen wastes of iceball earth; to Earth 4 (like ours, except that the alien Thryn Sentiency occupied the moon in 1964); to the dead London of the forbidden plane of Earth 1, where the remnants of humanity battle a terrifying nanotechnology run wild—and Everett faces terrible choices of morality and power. But Everett has the love and support of Sen, Captain Anastasia Sixsmyth, and the rest of the crew of Everness. He learns that the deadliest enemy isn't the Order, or the world-devouring nanotech Nahn—it's yourself.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Be My Enemy:

"Smart, clever and abundantly original, with suspense that grabs your eyeballs, this is real science fiction for all ages…More! More!"
-Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"Another fun, fast read. There are times when these books just sparkle with innovation and adventure and humor.... A blast from start to finish. As far as I'm concerned, Ian McDonald could write another dozen or so of these Everness novels, and I'd happily read them all."
-Tor.com

"It's clear that McDonald is having fun with this. …[he] has used the many-worlds trope in a far more interesting way than most writers, and his invention shows no signs of flagging."
-Locus

“Be My Enemy also has more of what makes McDonald's adult fiction some of the best work I've ever read: a gifted ear for poesie that makes the English language sing, the unapologetic presumption of the reader's ability to understand what's going on without a lot of hand-holding, and a technological mysticism that never explicitly says when the literal stops and the fantasy starts. …If you held off on reading Planesrunner because you didn't want to commit to a series without knowing if the author could keep up the quality, have no fear. McDonald has proven himself handily.”
-Boing Boing

“…I was more than satisfied with the book and anyone, young adult or otherwise, who has read the first book will find much to love here, and will likely be as eager as I for the next volume in the series.”
 -SF Signal
 
“McDonald is a master of science fiction, and this story is chock-full of danger and excitement as well as mind-bending physics. …The climax is heart-stopping and shows Everett at his genius best. The ominous denouement will leave readers hungry for the next installment.”
-School Library Journal

“[T]his series is a bit like Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials….As a bonus, the books have cyborg shootouts, airships, their own Tarot deck and a secret language. There is something for everyone here...”
-Fantasy Literature
 
“[T]he pace is fast and crisp throughout... it's a fun, entertaining, more and more complex work featuring an engaging cast of characters. If like me, you have a bias against YA books, McDonald's Everness series should win you over. Writing for a younger audience imbues McDonald's writing with a certain exuberance that I found intoxicating.”
-Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist
 
“[T]his is a work in which the plot is paramount…McDonald adds enough new threats and complications into the mix to keep this fizzing along as well as he did in the first volume. This is not vintage Ian McDonald, but it is an appealing piece of storytelling that keeps us reading happily enough.”
-SF Site
 

Praise for Planesrunner:

"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. . . . In his debut for teens, established science-fiction writer McDonald builds a world just different enough to charm readers into believing. . . . Suspense rules. . . . Shining imagination, pulsing suspense and sparkling writing make this one stand out."
-Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"I am totally into this book. It's cool, it's fun, and it's exciting. Hanging out with this book makes me feel a little cooler and a little smarter. Plus, I feel like I'm dating the kind of book I always want to date."
-Forever Young Adult

"Chock-full of awesome. Ian McDonald's steampunk London blazes on a vast scale with eyepopping towers, gritty streets, and larger-than-life characters who aren't afraid to fight for each other. The kind of airship-dueling, guns-blazing fantasy that makes me wish I could pop through to the next reality over, join the Airish, and take to the skies."
-Paolo Bacigalupi author of Ship Breaker

"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."
-Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Smashing adventure fiction that spans the multiverse without ever losing its cool or its sense of style. McDonald is one of the greats of science fiction, and his young adult debut is everything you could hope for: romantic, action-packed, wildly imaginative, and full of heart."
-Cory Doctorow, author of For the Win

"Planesrunner is not only excellent YA SF . . . but is simply good SF in a way which almost reinvents, and possibly makes addictive, the old parallel-universe trope. It's fun."
-Locus

VOYA - Dawn Talbott
Everett M. Singh is on his own, but not alone. He is a crew member aboard the airship Everness. His new, extended family consists of Captain Sixsmyth, her adopted daughter, Sen, Mchynlynth the Engineer, and First Mate Sharkey. They are Everett’s only hope to avoid the Order and the menacing Charlotte Villiers. The Order is pursuing Everett and the Infundibulum, a device that allows navigation between the universes. Everett’s task is simple: keep the Infundibulum safe, rescue his mother and sister, and locate his dad among the myriad of known and unknown worlds. Simple--except he has no idea where Villiers has exiled his dad, and Everett is stranded on an ice world. To make things worse, a greater threat is coming, even greater than the dangerous nanotechnology that has quarantined the entire world of E1. The biggest threat Everett must face is himself. In the second book of the Everness series, McDonald does a good job of creating different worlds, similar to our own, yet each unique in some way. From a frozen wasteland to a plane that runs on clean energy, to a dead world overcome by nanotechnology, readers can still identify with these bizarre worlds. In addition, McDonald brings lively characters to the mix, including a bold captain, a Scottish engineer, an advanced alien intelligence, and a calmly wicked villain. The story moves at a good pace, with action, battle scenes, and good character interaction as well. On the whole, this second book in the series is a welcome contribution to a science fiction collection. Ages 12 to Adult.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Teen science whiz and star goalie Everett Singh is back in this exciting sequel to Planesrunner (PYR, 2011). As he found out in the first volume, there are many Earths, many universes. The key to traveling among them is the Infundibulum, an electronic map of the multiverse created by his dad. But Dr. Singh is missing, "shot" into a random parallel universe, and before Everett can find him he has to escape from Charlotte Villiers and her storm troopers. Villiers has big plans and needs the Infundibulum to carry them out, but Everett is too fast and too smart for her. So she recruits the only person in the known worlds who can catch him-his double from another Earth. With the crew of the airship Everness, from the electro-steampunk Earth 3, Everett jumps through alternate universes, trying to stay one step ahead of Villiers and the one enemy who knows him as well as he knows himself. McDonald is a master of science fiction, and this story is chock-full of danger and excitement as well as mind-bending physics. The science doesn't overwhelm but readers will be far less confused, especially at the start, if they read Planesrunner first. The author once again includes a helpful glossary of Palari, the Airish argot of the Everness crew. The climax is heart-stopping and shows Everett at his genius best. The ominous denouement will leave readers hungry for the next installment.—Anthony C. Doyle, Livingston High School Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews
In this exciting first sequel to outstanding series opener Planesrunner (2011), 14-year-old science whiz Everett Singh continues to outthink his enemies while navigating the multiverse searching for his dad, lost in a parallel universe. Everett's enemies multiply in this installment. There's still the marvelously imagined villain Charlotte Villiers, with her impeccable 1940s style and the confidence of genius, but now Everett's "alter," Everett M, his double from another parallel-universe Earth, has been made into a cyborg instructed to eliminate Everett. Add to those a new threat: sentient advanced technology gone bad. The quirky crewmates on their rogue airship, especially Sen, the wonderfully original Airish girl with her enjoyably distinctive dialect, keep the conversations lively as they dodge death at every turn. McDonald roots Everett's heroism in his intelligence. Everett knows mathematics, physics and Punjabi cooking. He wins because he outthinks his rivals, not because he's faster or stronger, like his alter. Stuffed with science, this series has the potential to fascinate young readers as William Sleator's books did, tackling concepts on the slippery edge of current understanding. Science causes danger, but it's also the weapon that combats those terrors. Smart, clever and abundantly original, with suspense that grabs your eyeballs, this is real science fiction for all ages. More! More! (Science fiction. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616146788
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Series: Everness Series , #2
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 809,672
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian McDonald is the author of Planesrunner, Be My Enemy, and Empress of the Sun, in the Everness series. He has written thirteen science fiction novels—including the 2011 John W. Campbell Memorial Award winner for Best Novel, The Dervish House—as well as Brasyl, River of Gods, Cyberabad Days, Ares Express, Desolation Road, King of Morning, Queen of Day, Out on Blue Six, Chaga, and Kirinya.  He's been nominated for every major science fiction award, and even won some. McDonald also works in television and in program development—all those reality shows have to come from somewhere—and has written for screen as well as print. He lives in Northern Ireland, just outside Belfast, and loves to travel.

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  • Posted February 17, 2013

    Everything you want in a parrellel universe spanning, steampunk

    Everything you want in a parrellel universe spanning, steampunk ship flying, nanotech monster fighting, cyborg duplicate facing ya science fiction novel.

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