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Joey Harker isn't a hero.

In fact, he's the kind of guy who gets lost in his own house.

But then one day, Joey gets really lost.

He walks straight out of his world and into another dimension.

Joey's walk between the worlds makes him prey to two terrible forces — armies of magic and science who will do anything to harness his power to travel between dimensions.

When he sees the evil those forces are capable of, Joey makes the only possible choice: to join an army of his own, an army of versions of himself from different dimensions who all share his amazing power and who are all determined to fight to save the worlds.

Master storyteller Neil Gaiman and Emmy Award-winning science-fiction writer Michael Reaves team up to create a dazzling tale of magic, science, honor, and the destiny of one very special boy — and all the others like him.

Review:

"This parallel universe adventure would surely have been more exciting when its authors first conceived it in 1995; today it feels somewhat like a gee-whiz amalgam of The Matrix, comic book multiverses and Ender's Game. High-schooler Joey Harker has a terrible sense of direction; during a field trip he gets lost and ends up in a world where the McDonald's arches are green plaid, his mother doesn't recognize him and everything has been altered to varying degrees. He is rescued by a mysterious man named Jay (who looks like an older version of Joey) and learns that he has 'Walked' between two of millions of coexisting worlds, landing in one where he drowned a year earlier. Joey finds himself the target of two warring peoples — one technology-driven, the other possessing mystical abilities — who capture Walkers like himself to harness their power. The action takes Joey to an academy at InterWorld, where hundreds of other kids who resemble him (and who all have the initials J.H.) train to 'defend and protect the Altiverse from those who would harm it or bend it to their will.' Gaiman devotees, used to headier stuff, may be disappointed. Ages 10-up. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Reading a book by one mind with a great imagination is wonderful; to read one written by two great imaginations is wonderful squared. Interworld and a place to sit where you won't be interrupted is the ideal formula for enjoyment." The Boston Globe

Review:

"[A] fun, fast-paced story perfect for young readers, though grown-ups will love it as well....Readers looking for a sharp, fun and lightning-fast book will find Interworld well worth exploring." Drew Bittner, SFRevu.com

Review:

"Overall, I was pretty happy with the book. I wish there had been more. But it felt like an interesting cross between a Heinlein juvenile, an early Andre Norton adventure, and Roger Zelazny's Amber series. Interworld is a quick read with plenty of zip and provides a host of ideas with lots of action." Mel Odom, Blog Critics Magazine

Review:

"All-in-all, this is a very solid read, while not Gaiman's best work in prose. The adventure is satisfying...just nothing unforgettable....Nevertheless, the book is definitely worth picking up. (Rating: 7/10)" The Comic Book Bin

Review:

"The novel can best be summed up with the following words: simple language, big ideas, lovable characters, compelling story. (Rating: 4/5)" Bibliophile Stalker

Synopsis:

Master storyteller Neil Gaiman (Coraline) teams up with Emmy Award-winning writer Michael Reaves for a tale of magic, science, bravery, and adventure. Joey Harker has always had a terrible sense of direction. One day he gets lost in his own town and walks right out of his universe.

Synopsis:

When Newbery Medal winner Neil Gaiman and Emmy Award winner Michael Reaves teamed up, they created the bestselling YA novel InterWorld.
 
InterWorld tells the story of Joey Harker, a very average kid who discovers that his world is only one of a trillion alternate earths. Some of these earths are ruled by magic. Some are ruled by science. All are at war.
 
Joey teams up with alternate versions of himself from an array of these worlds. Together, the army of Joeys must battle evil magicians Lord Dogknife and Lady Indigo to keep the balance of power between all the earths stable. Teens—and tweens and adults—who obsessively read the His Dark Materials and Harry Potter series will be riveted by InterWorld and its sequel, The Silver Dream.

About the Author

Neil Gaiman is the author of the New York Times bestselling children's book coraline and of the picture books The Wolves in the Walls and The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, illustrated by Dave McKean. He wrote the script for the film MirrorMask and is also the author of critically acclaimed and award-winning novels and short stories for adults, as well as the Sandman series of graphic novels. Among his many awards are the World Fantasy Award, the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the Bram Stoker Award. Originally from England, Gaiman now lives in the United States.

Michael Reaves is a renowned screenwriter who has written, story-edited, and/or produced more than three hundred teleplays for various television series, including Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Twilight Zone, Sliders, and Monsters. He was also a story editor and writer on Batman: The Animated Series, for which he won an Emmy Award for writing in 1993. He has worked for Spielberg's DreamWorks, among other studios, and is the author of several fantasy novels and supernatural thrillers. He is also the author of Hell on Earth. Michael Reaves makes his home in Los Angeles.

What Our Readers Are Saying

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Shoshana, March 29, 2009 (view all comments by Shoshana)
A thin offering from Gaiman (of whom I expect better) and Reaves (whose work I'm not familiar with). It's reminiscent of a second-tier Heinlein juvenile novel, down to the "Old Man" who is revered by all and whose mission everyone would sacrifice to carry out. The plot is enjoyable enough, though it will seem fairly derivative to most F&SF YA readers. Character development is weak and rushed, and some characters who seem important (like Nigel) simply disappear, and we learn about Binary but not enough to explain why we had to learn it.There is a little trouble with world building--for example, why wouldn't the crew of the Lacrimae Mundi know who/what Joey was (p. 40)? It's clear later that they know exactly where people like him fit into their world. More problematic is a bit of fabricated difficulty where Joey narrates that "I couldn't find the key that would let me go back to Base Town" (p. 170), though 14 pages before it "burned clear and bright in my mind" (p. 156) and by page 232 he knows it again, for no particular reason.

One is left with the overall impression that in its present incarnation, Interworld was not adequately edited to stand alone. It feels like an action-adventure opener that didn't warrant a sequel to fill in the gaps.
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abebt, August 20, 2007 (view all comments by abebt)
Michael Reaves is a relative new author to me but Neil Gaiman has been a consistent read for me. The two authors combine their past talents - Gaiman with mythological background and Reaves with the sci-fi genre to create a story involving a character named, Joey Harker. The character is caught in a strange war between science and magic but decides to enlist the help of himself in multi-dimensions. The story was intriguing and well written but the only drawback was the shortness of the book. The potential for such a story could have been longer to engage the reader into the interworld. Perhaps, this book may be a teaser to readers in hopes to create a series?
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061238963
Author:
Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Author:
Gaiman, Neil
Author:
Reaves, Michael
Author:
by Neil Gaiman
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Space and time
Subject:
Good and evil
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
InterWorld Trilogy
Publication Date:
July 2007
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.42x5.98x.94 in. .84 lbs.
Age Level:
10-14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This parallel universe adventure would surely have been more exciting when its authors first conceived it in 1995; today it feels somewhat like a gee-whiz amalgam of The Matrix, comic book multiverses and Ender's Game. High-schooler Joey Harker has a terrible sense of direction; during a field trip he gets lost and ends up in a world where the McDonald's arches are green plaid, his mother doesn't recognize him and everything has been altered to varying degrees. He is rescued by a mysterious man named Jay (who looks like an older version of Joey) and learns that he has 'Walked' between two of millions of coexisting worlds, landing in one where he drowned a year earlier. Joey finds himself the target of two warring peoples — one technology-driven, the other possessing mystical abilities — who capture Walkers like himself to harness their power. The action takes Joey to an academy at InterWorld, where hundreds of other kids who resemble him (and who all have the initials J.H.) train to 'defend and protect the Altiverse from those who would harm it or bend it to their will.' Gaiman devotees, used to headier stuff, may be disappointed. Ages 10-up. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Reading a book by one mind with a great imagination is wonderful; to read one written by two great imaginations is wonderful squared. Interworld and a place to sit where you won't be interrupted is the ideal formula for enjoyment."
"Review" by , "[A] fun, fast-paced story perfect for young readers, though grown-ups will love it as well....Readers looking for a sharp, fun and lightning-fast book will find Interworld well worth exploring."
"Review" by , "Overall, I was pretty happy with the book. I wish there had been more. But it felt like an interesting cross between a Heinlein juvenile, an early Andre Norton adventure, and Roger Zelazny's Amber series. Interworld is a quick read with plenty of zip and provides a host of ideas with lots of action."
"Review" by , "All-in-all, this is a very solid read, while not Gaiman's best work in prose. The adventure is satisfying...just nothing unforgettable....Nevertheless, the book is definitely worth picking up. (Rating: 7/10)"
"Review" by , "The novel can best be summed up with the following words: simple language, big ideas, lovable characters, compelling story. (Rating: 4/5)"
"Synopsis" by , Master storyteller Neil Gaiman (Coraline) teams up with Emmy Award-winning writer Michael Reaves for a tale of magic, science, bravery, and adventure. Joey Harker has always had a terrible sense of direction. One day he gets lost in his own town and walks right out of his universe.
"Synopsis" by , When Newbery Medal winner Neil Gaiman and Emmy Award winner Michael Reaves teamed up, they created the bestselling YA novel InterWorld.
 
InterWorld tells the story of Joey Harker, a very average kid who discovers that his world is only one of a trillion alternate earths. Some of these earths are ruled by magic. Some are ruled by science. All are at war.
 
Joey teams up with alternate versions of himself from an array of these worlds. Together, the army of Joeys must battle evil magicians Lord Dogknife and Lady Indigo to keep the balance of power between all the earths stable. Teens—and tweens and adults—who obsessively read the His Dark Materials and Harry Potter series will be riveted by InterWorld and its sequel, The Silver Dream.
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