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EMPRESS OF THE SUN by Ian McDonald Kirkus Star


From the Everness series, volume 3

by Ian McDonald

Age Range: 12 - 18

Pub Date: Feb. 4th, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-61614-865-2
Publisher: Pyr/Prometheus Books

The marvelous Everness series takes readers to a world with highly evolved dinosaurs in this third voyage through parallel universes.

Readers will need to be familiar with the first two books (Planesrunner, 2011; Be My Enemy, 2012) to have a hope of understanding what’s happening this time. The story grows ever-more complex as it follows three plotlines. First comes the main plot with hero Everett Singh, who accidentally guides the Everness to an Alderson Disk, a conglomeration of planets engineered into a vast flat disk, where it crash-lands. Worse, the “Diskworld” (with a nod to Sir Terry Pratchett), has been devised by dangerous, intelligent dinosaurs called the Jiju, which did not go extinct in this parallel universe and have been evolving for tens of millions of years longer than humans. Meanwhile, on our Earth, Everett’s “alter,” Everett M, tries to fight off an invasion of the Nahn, intelligent nanobots that absorb every living thing they touch. Villain Charlotte Villiers once again plots to steal the Infundibulum, the map of all the universes, from Everett. McDonald lets his imagination run rampant without abandoning credibility, tackling real scientific concepts such as confirmation bias, a feature lacking in far too much science fiction. Fans might wish for more focus on the original Everett, but eventually, the three storylines weave themselves together nicely, setting up another sequel with hints of forthcoming romance.

Endlessly fascinating and fun. (Science fiction. 12 & up)