Friday, April 15, 2011

Review: InterWorld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves

InterWorld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves
Published by Eos (Harper Collins imprint)
Date Published: June 14th 2007
Rating: 4/5
Joey Harker has never been known for his sense of direction. In fact, rumor has it that he has gotten lost in his own home. In most cases, his embarrassing lack of bearings is quickly remedied, but one day he takes a wrong turn that lands him in a whole new dimension -- and a bundle of trouble. In InterWorld, famed adult science fiction author Neil Gaiman and Emmy Award–winning writer Michael Reaves catapult readers into a universe where the hero literally multiples.
Up until last week, I had never heard of this book. I went to my local library looking for something to read and searched the catalog for Neil Gaiman. Why Neil Gaiman? Well, because he's a mastermind. He's written little things like Stardust, Coraline, and even an episode of the new season of Doctor Who (which I'm absolutely ecstatic about!!). So there's just a little hint into why I chose his name as my search key.

Sad to say, even after all that acclaim, I haven't read any of his books. Well, that's not completely true. I read Odd and the Frost Giants, but that's a short story compared to this. Now I dont know much about the co-author, Michael Reaves, but they made one hell of a book together!

Now, onto the review. I was impressed by the level of science that was in this book. Especially with it being a middle grade. Its obvious that they know what they're talking about and the characters are supposed to know all about the Multiverse and Altiverse. If any of this is going over your head, don't worry about it. You will catch on quick.

Here's a quick summary of the book: Joey Harker has the ability to Walk through multiple dimensions. Apart from his Earth, there are a myriad of alternate Earths, as well as alternate Joey Harkers who can also Walk. When he accidentally Walks for the first time, he sets off alarms making HEX (bad guys) aware of his presence, so they seek to capture him. There's fighting, friendship, and loyalty. But nothing can change what he is.

InterWorld is heavily grounded in science fiction and the fact that there are an unlimited amount of alternate universes that are the same, yet different, is something fun, yet totally implausible, to think about. Being the science nerd that I am, I really liked the story of this book. It was originally written because Neil and Michael wanted to make it a tv series, which I think would be perfect for today's viewers, but tv producers didn't get the idea behind the script. So they wrote it as a book instead. Well done.

Since I am a big fan of Sci-fi and science, I really liked this book, but I think even those who haven't read much sci-fi would enjoy this book. It's an older book, but I think it still has relevance today.



  1. I really really enjoyed this story, and I wish it was the start of a giant series!

  2. This book is very fast-paced and action-packed, and it’s a very quick read. That is yet another big difference – Neil’s books, even the ones in which a lot of things happen, like Stardust or Neverwhere, are generally more introspective.