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ISBN13: 9781616146092
ISBN10: 1616146095
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Ephraim is horrified when he comes home from school one day to find his mother unconscious at the kitchen table, clutching a bottle of pills. Even more disturbing than her suicide attempt is the reason for it: the dead boy she identified at the hospital that afternoon — a boy who looks exactly like him.

While examining his dead double's belongings, Ephraim discovers a strange coin that makes his wishes come true each time he flips it. Before long, he's wished his alcoholic mother into a model parent, and the girl he's liked since second grade suddenly notices him.

But Ephraim soon realizes that the coin comes with consequences — several wishes go disastrously wrong, his best friend Nathan becomes obsessed with the coin, and the world begins to change in unexpected ways.

As Ephraim learns the coin's secrets and how to control its power, he must find a way to keep it from Nathan and return to the world he remembers.

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"This one reminded me a lot of Scott Westerfeld's Uglies. There's so much to love here: madcap adventure, chewy theoretical physics, realistic angst, serious stakes leavened by hilarious snark. The kind of book smart kids will love." — N.K. Jemisin, The Inheritance Trilogy

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"Funny, flirtatious, and unexpectedly poignant, Fair Coin takes the phrase 'be careful what you wish for' and runs with it. A stand-out debut from an author to watch." — Lauren McLaughlin, author of Scored

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About the Author

E. C. Myers was assembled from Korean and German parts in Yonkers, New York, where he was raised jointly by a mother and the public library. He is a graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop and a member of the prolific NYC writing group Altered Fluid. In the rare moments when he isn't writing, he blogs about Star Trek at theviewscreen.com, plays video games, watches classic films and television, sleeps as little as possible, and spends too much time on the internet. To find out more about E. C. Myers and his activities, short story publications, and novels, visit ecmyers.net, or find him on Twitter @ecmyers.

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Beverly B, September 17, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Fair Coin is a combination of teen angst and traditional sci-fi centered around a moral dilemma and a mystery. Ephraim is a sympathetic, sad-sack protagonist. His dad abandoned him, and his mom is an alcoholic on the verge of losing her job because of her drinking. After his mother's attempted suicide,(which he says is his fault), someone mysteriously leaves a magic coin in his locker. Being a typical teen, he does not put much thought into his wishes. His first wish is for a sober mother. His second wish is for the girl he has loved from afar for years to love him back. The second wish backfires when it results in his long time best friend, Nathan, being angry and hurt. As Ephraim repeatedly uses the coin to try and fix things to make Nathan happy, the consequences of the wishes become increasingly negative. Ephraim starts to worry about the moral implications of interfering in other people's lives. He fears if he doesn't learn to control the coin, he may do irreparable damage. Turns out Ephraim is also gullible. The coin is not magic, but dangerous technology from a parallel universe, and someone is very willing to kill for it. Fans of sci-fi will enjoy the action and suspense.
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D3adw00d, January 12, 2013 (view all comments by D3adw00d)
EC Myers with Fair Coin has created a YA "magical" adventure that posits one thing then gives something even more wonderful. Ephraim and his supporting cast are fully realized characters and the world is much more complex then we are lead to believe. The only things that make this hard SF tale YA is the fact that Ephraim is in his last couple years of high school, were this an epic fantasy it might have issues with its classification as YA. EC is a great writer and I wait for the next series he starts.
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code7r, June 2, 2012 (view all comments by code7r)
“Fair Coin” by E.C. Myers tells the story of a teenage boy, Ephraim, who comes home from school one day to find his alcoholic mother clumped over the table with a pill bottle in her hand. Ephraim gets her to the hospital in time to save her life but is baffled when she says that he was dead. She had received news and proof (in the form of a library card) that Ephraim was struck by a bus and died. This is the first sign that Ephraim’s life is about to get crazy. The second is when he picks up the victim’s plastic bag of belongings at the hospital and goes through it and finds an unusual coin. The coin seems to grant wishes. But as the saying goes, be careful what you wish for.

This was a steady read where I was trying to figure out if it was magic, inter-dimensional travel or what. I liked the main character, Ephraim, and how he has to deal with difficult decisions. And with each decision, it brings a chain of reactions that ripple out. You never know how if you change one thing it can affect other things (i.e. the butterfly effect).

I did feel like the book was a little rushed at the end and wish that it could have been a little longer. I also would have liked to see more of these alternate worlds that Ephraim ends up in. Perhaps that is for another book. Overall it was a good read that kept you guessing throughout.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781616146092
Author:
Myers, E. C.
Publisher:
Pyr
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English

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"Review" by , "This one reminded me a lot of Scott Westerfeld's Uglies. There's so much to love here: madcap adventure, chewy theoretical physics, realistic angst, serious stakes leavened by hilarious snark. The kind of book smart kids will love." — N.K. Jemisin,
"Review" by , "Funny, flirtatious, and unexpectedly poignant, Fair Coin takes the phrase 'be careful what you wish for' and runs with it. A stand-out debut from an author to watch." — Lauren McLaughlin, author of
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