The Flight of the Silvers

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“I could list the wonders of this new world for a while, but I’d rather let you discover them for yourself when you read the book. You should read this book! I loved The Flight of the Silvers. I found it very difficult to put it aside to deal with my own life…It really is an amazing book.” –SF Crow’s Nest

Without warning, the world comes to an end for Hannah and Amanda Given. The sky looms frigid white. The electricity falters. Airplanes everywhere crash to the ground. But the ...

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Overview

“I could list the wonders of this new world for a while, but I’d rather let you discover them for yourself when you read the book. You should read this book! I loved The Flight of the Silvers. I found it very difficult to put it aside to deal with my own life…It really is an amazing book.” –SF Crow’s Nest

Without warning, the world comes to an end for Hannah and Amanda Given. The sky looms frigid white. The electricity falters. Airplanes everywhere crash to the ground. But the Givens are saved by mysterious strangers, three fearsome and beautiful beings who force a plain silver bracelet onto each sister’s wrist. Within moments, the sky comes down in a crushing sheet of light and everything around them is gone.

Shielded from the devastation by their silver adornments, the Givens suddenly find themselves elsewhere, a strange new Earth where restaurants move through the air like flying saucers and the fabric of time is manipulated by common household appliances.

Soon Hannah and Amanda are joined by four other survivors from their world—a mordant cartoonist, a shy teenage girl, a brilliant young Australian, and a troubled ex-prodigy. Hunted by enemies they never knew they had and afflicted with temporal abilities they never wanted, the sisters and their companions begin a cross-country journey to find the one man who can save them—before time runs out.

The Flight of the Silvers is a fabulous piece of speculative fiction. Its opening chapter is completely captivating, introducing Amanda and Hannah in a way that is unforgettable… This is an intricately plotted novel and it is also a beautifully written one. Enjoyable wordplay – including the creation of new words and the clever use of phrases – make The Flight of the Silvers as intellectually engaging as it is fun…. It’s a substantial book but a hugely enjoyable one and it is extremely difficult to put down.” –For Winter Nights blog

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/02/2013
Marked from youth, six people are saved from the destruction of their world by the smugly superior Pelletiers, casually lethal superhumans from a distant future. Transported to a universe where history played out differently, the six “Silvers” are dumped into an isolationist but technologically advanced America. Each of them has some special power, such as super-speed or precognition; this makes them useful in the grand machinations of the Pelletiers, but marks them as targets for the government and an existential threat to the secretive Gothams. Then a seventh Silver appears: Evan Rander, a murderous stalker whose unique talent is his ability to rewind time. The first installment in the ambitiously titled Silvers Saga serves to introduce the cast and their situation, one part Crisis on Infinite Earths to one part Runaways, but little more. Price (Slick) has some talent with prose, but the “ends justify the means” moral structure, the largely unlovable characters, and the derivative plot are disappointing. Agent: Stu Miller, Stuart M. Miller Co. (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-02-04
Both the innovative and the enjoyably familiar mark this hefty, intriguing introduction to a multivolume, multiversal saga. An apparently omniscient, oddly threatening trio place silver bracelets on a small group of people in San Diego; the jewelry protects these "Silvers" as the sky comes crashing down and our world is utterly destroyed. The Silvers find themselves in an alternate San Diego in an isolationist America, where scientists have gained mechanical control over some of the forces of time—cars fly, and serious injuries can be instantly healed, but the Internet isn't nearly as cool a place. Oncology nurse Amanda and her actress sister Hannah, sardonic comic-book artist Zach, awkward teen Mia, burnt-out genius Theo, and dangerously precocious, possibly sociopathic David don't know why they were saved, but it all becomes somewhat clearer when they begin displaying their own personal abilities to control time. They're forced to hone those powers quickly when they face threats from a rival group of chronokinetic adepts, a vengeful stranger from our world, government authorities and an even greater danger that they only gradually come to understand. It all reads like a better-written combination of the defunct TV series Sliders, The Fugitive and the novel Escape to Witch Mountain, plus a healthy pinch of an exotically conceived vision of time travel and its implications. Usually, stories of this kind involve a search for the way home, but that possibility is apparently eliminated within the first 30 pages, adding a nice, dark jolt to a well-established trope. Price (Slick, 2004) is occasionally guilty of some inappropriate word choices ("leer" doesn't quite mean what he thinks it does), but on the whole, he provides an absorbing adventure with a fresh take on both the parallel-universe and the paranormal subgenres. You'll get pulled in.
Library Journal
★ 02/15/2014
Moments before the world ends in a crush of white and chaos, six Americans are saved by mysterious strangers who clamp silver bracelets on their wrists. Though they witness the horror of the apocalypse, the survivors are protected by their jewelry and transported to an alternate America. In this new reality, the six "Silvers," so called for their bracelets, find that they have strange powers to manipulate time. Now the six—an actress, her widowed sister, two teenagers, an artist, and a homeless ex-prodigy—must figure out why they were saved by the frightening and elusive Pelletiers. As the Silvers bond into a new family, they discover that they are not the only humans with power over time, and some of those others are gunning for the Silvers. Now the race is on, not only to escape their enemies but to figure out the motives of the Pelletiers and to prevent another coming apocalypse. VERDICT This first volume in a planned trilogy is fascinating sf; Price's (Slick) strong, engaging characters and fast-moving plot will keep readers on their toes. Highly recommended for fans of apocalyptic and dystopian fiction.—Jennifer Beach, Cumberland Cty. P.L., VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399164989
  • Publisher: Blue Rider Press
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 347,992
  • Product dimensions: 10.40 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Price is a writer living in Los Angeles. Although The Flight of the Silvers is his second novel, he has been developing the story for more than fifteen years. You can learn more about him and his books at danielprice.info.

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They rounded the corner, turning north onto 13th Street. Just one block away, beyond all the cordons and emergency lights, stood the broken tail cone of a jumbo jet. The buildings around it were devastated with ash and debris. One apartment complex had crumbled to rubble.

Hannah covered her mouth. “Oh my God.”

More than a hundred thousand planes, jets and helicopters had been up in the air seven hours ago, when all the world’s engines fell still. A third of them plummeted into water. Another third hit the hard empty spaces between human life. The final third just hit hard. San Diego had suffered twenty-two crashes within its borders.

Hannah gaped at the tall gray clock tower of the 12th & Imperial Transit Center, just a hundred yards away. It was a local landmark, one she’d passed a thousand times on her way to work. Now it had been de-clocked, decapitated. Every window on the south side of the building was shattered, with burn marks all over the frame.

All around her, people fretfully chattered. A stringy blond teenager brandished a transistor radio, declaring to anyone willing to listen that he’d heard voices through the static. People in other cities were talking about the same things.

“This is happening all over,” he insisted. “Everywhere!”

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    Wow

    I didn't expect much when I bought this, certainly not to be so absorbed. It reminded me a little bit of orphans of chaos and was very well done. For any true sci fi enthusiast this is a must read.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2014

    Imaginative, original and beautifully written. The characters gr

    Imaginative, original and beautifully written. The characters grow and change (and also develop wildly entertaining super powers). Time is elastic. This isn't another planet, just a parallel universe with similarities to earth as we know it -- and yet tweaked and twisted. It's hard to find an adventure story with complicated and very human characters you care deeply about. This book has both. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2014

    Believeable astronomical story with fascinating characters, and events. Don't miss this. Making of a star studded movie.

    Read about The Silvers, and share in the potential. The sky is the limit--or is it? Let's find out! MUST READ


    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2014

    Good read

    Looking forward to the sequel

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2014

    Enjoyed the book, the writing style and the characters. Awaitin

    Enjoyed the book, the writing style and the characters. Awaiting the second books to see the what comes next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2014

    Once started, I couldn't put this book down. The characters and

    Once started, I couldn't put this book down. The characters and the plotline were engaging. Can't wait for the next book in the series

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2014

    Could have been better

    Interesting but not very sophisticated. Rather than a serious disscussion about the psychology behind bad desicions, the author is quick to use words like "stupid" and "foolish" to describe people that fall for some of the scams out there. Interesting topic. Missed opportunity to do it well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2014

    Good YA dystopia read

    More sophisticated writing than most YA dystopia reads. Creative plot held my interest for all 555+ pages. Hope the quality of the sequel is as high.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    Purchased this on a whim and was absolutely blown away by how am

    Purchased this on a whim and was absolutely blown away by how amazing it turned out to be. Looking forward to the sequel!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    Great read! Very much looking forward to next one

    Great read! Very much looking forward to next one

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    Gym

    Gym

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    I highly recommended

    I am looking forward to the next book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2014

    sci fi lovers this is for you

    alternate universe and super powers unite

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Aa Awesome

    Vtvv

    0 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    Madison is crap

    My sissy is treating me like crap

    0 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    Read

    haha . Fun times .. chciken booty .

    0 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2014

    FANTASY

    Hi! My name is Arya, and I am looking for a nook friend that likes fantasy and/or science-fiction. If you are interested (and I hope you are) please respond at this book. Title your response TO ARYA (in all capitals please) and include your full name and e-mail so I can send you a request. Then check your requests and mine will be there within two days. Thank you so much!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    Meh

    Meh,great idea but was a little slow paced for me.

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