Planesrunner

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  • Ian McDonald
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  • 23 January 2019
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About the Author: Ian McDonald

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  1. Dan Schwent says:

    Everett Singh s father is kidnapped right in front of him Turns out, Papa Singh was working on a project involving parallel universes and has left Everett the Infundibulum, the map of 10 to the 80th power parallel universes Only other people are after it and Everett leaps through the Heisenberg Gate to another world, a world of airships where electricity was discovered much earlier Can Everett evade the bad apples in the Plenitude long enough to bring back his father home I love wibbly wobbl Everett Singh s father is kidnapped right in front of him Turns out, Papa Singh was working on a project involving parallel universes and has left Everett the Infundibulum, the map of 10 to the 80th power parallel universes Only other people are after it and Everett leaps through the Heisenberg Gate to another world, a world of airships where electricity was discovered much earlier Can Everett evade the bad apples in the Plenitude long enough to bring back his father home I love wibbly wobbly timey wimey parallel universe stories so this one was an easy sell for me I ll cover the parts I liked first before I turn into Ebenezer Scrooge and crap all over the rest of it The worldbuilding was exquisite I liked the setup of the ten worlds of the Plenitude and the Panopoly, the multitude of parallel universes and traveling between them using Heisenberg Gates I have no trouble believing corrupt people would exploit parallel universes for personal gain The parallel earth Everett visits was also well thought out A world were electricity is discovered sooner and thus the world doesn t become dependent on oil Pretty cool Sen and Captain Anastasia were both interesting supporting characters,interesting to me than Everett And here is the wad of dog hair in the omelet I m just going to gloss over the fact that 90% of parallel Londons in sf fantasy literature feature airships and just get right to it Everett was such a Gary Stu that I wanted to shake the crap out of him Not only is he a teenage quantum physics genius, able to solve problems the adult scientists have been working on for years in just hours, he s also a great cook Really I know that s a staple of YA but it was still irksome I guess my main hang up with this book was that I ve read similar books in the past and didn t feel like this one brought anything super awesome to the table I preferred the two Paul Melko books, Walls of the Universe and Broken Universe, to this one Three stars It was fun and had some good world building but wasn t the five geared awesome machine that I was hoping for

  2. Tatiana says:

    Planesrunner is a first class teen SF novel, but I worry about this book s ability to reach its potential readers, especially if the ARC is any indicator of how the novel will look in its final version The cover is weird and the text inside is so small, it hurt my eyes Great covers and packaging of and were able to seduce a fair number of female readers who otherwise wouldn t really give a chance to those essentially boy oriented books I wish the same was done for Planesrunner too Planesrunner is a first class teen SF novel, but I worry about this book s ability to reach its potential readers, especially if the ARC is any indicator of how the novel will look in its final version The cover is weird and the text inside is so small, it hurt my eyes Great covers and packaging of and were able to seduce a fair number of female readers who otherwise wouldn t really give a chance to those essentially boy oriented books I wish the same was done for Planesrunner too I want this book to find its audience.Everett Singh s divorced father is a scientist whose area of expertise is the multiverse theory According to his research, there are multiple parallel universes, running along each other and branching every time a smallest thing happens think Sliders When Everett s father is kidnapped and a strange program containing a map of all parallel universes appears on his iPad, the boy embarks on a parallel universe jumping quest to save his dad There is hardly anything about Planesrunner that I disliked Quite the opposite, a lot to complement this novel on First of all, the science I was instantly excited by the whole idea of parallel universes and I thought Ian McDonald did a fantastic job coming up with alternate versions of Earth s future the one where Britain was conquered by Middle East rather than Roman Empire, or the one where oil never became a viable energy source Second, the main character of color and with ethnic background Everett is half Punjabi Indian This allowed the author to enrich his story with tastes, smells and customs of a foreign country, and he managed to do it without fetishizing it Double success Third, the teen romance has a great dynamic Both participants are strong and resourceful young people, with a lot of respect for each other The only negative thing I can think of to say is my usual gripe with YA books written by male authors their characters often appear to be younger than the characters of the same age in female written novels, they hold back on romance and are not very good at writing love stories I always look formaturity of relationships in male written YA books, but rarely find it maybe it has something to do with the fact that in real life girls mature earlier than boys In the case of Planesrunner, I couldn t help but want Everett and Sen his love interest to be or act a couple of years older, to steam things up a bit I think I will check out Ian McDonald s adult books to see if I can find this missing bit there

  3. Mogsy (MMOGC) says:

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum Ian McDonald s Planesrunner to the list of the most interesting and well written young adult novels I ve read this year With the third book coming out soon, I d initially picked this up to get caught up with the series, but in doing so I also finally discovered why so many readers have been raving about Everness Adventurous and fun but also fresh and clever, if you re looking for a YA offering that s a little differe 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum Ian McDonald s Planesrunner to the list of the most interesting and well written young adult novels I ve read this year With the third book coming out soon, I d initially picked this up to get caught up with the series, but in doing so I also finally discovered why so many readers have been raving about Everness Adventurous and fun but also fresh and clever, if you re looking for a YA offering that s a little different but has a great story at the same time, consider checking this one out.Planesrunner tackles a topic in fantasy and science fiction that I have a great interest in multiple universes and alternate dimensions I have rarely seen it handled with such detail when it comes to YA fiction, though The protagonist is Everett Singh, whose father is a brilliant scientist and one of the leading researchers in the study of parallel earths But then Tejendra Singh is kidnapped from the streets of London one day, leaving his son with a mysterious file on his computer called the Infundibulum.The Infundibulum ends up being a map to the parallel earths all 10 to the power of 80 of them making Everett the guardian of the most valuable tool in the whole entire multiverse But there are others who see the Infundibulum as a powerful weapon, nefarious factions in the group of plenipotentiaries of the Ten Known Worlds To escape their reach, Everett travels to a very different parallel earth With the help of new friends, he is determined to find and rescue his father, while fighting to protect the Infundibulum at all costs.Hard sci fi readers will probably find the science behind the quantum physics and theory of multiple universes to be on the light side, but I still find Planesrunner to be a fabulously clever novel There s enough information to enjoy this fun and action filled story without getting bogged down with details, and when it comes to his imaginings of parallel earths, Ian McDonald takes things all the way The sights and sounds in the world Everett ends up in, designated E3, are beyond amazing It is a world where fossil fuels have never existed, leading to a society powered by a system that can only be described as a souped up version of steampunk or, as Everett so amusingly observed, electropunk Everett ends up being taken in by an airship crew, thus introducing the reader to the rich, imaginative culture and language of the Airish The author certainly does not skimp on the descriptions of the people and their way of life, making it easy to picture the setting and put myself right there.I also thoroughly enjoyed the characters, though Everett himself comes off as a bit unrealistic as a 14 or 15 year old boy The extent of his intelligence is played up and so farfetched it s difficult for me to feel otherwise, but on the other hand, hismature point of view and way of thinking might make himrelatable to a non YA reader, thus making Planesrunner a book that may appeal to a much wider audience And finally, this book was just plain fun Where else would I be able to get the craziness and thrills of an actual airship duel outside the pages of this awesome novel I love YA fiction like this quick, clever and full of great ideas The Everness series is simply bonaroo Looking forward to continuing Everett s journey with the next book, Be My Enemy, and then on to Empress of the Sun, dropping early next year

  4. Stefan says:

    Note this review is now also up at Far Beyond Reality, my new science fiction and fantasy website I m a pretty big fan of Ian McDonald, so when I learned that a brand new novel by the author was on the way, I got suitably excited Then, when I found out that the new novel would be the start of a series, and that this series would deal with alternate dimensions and multiverse type ideas very different from his last few books , I got really excited And then, when I discovered that the series Note this review is now also up at Far Beyond Reality, my new science fiction and fantasy website I m a pretty big fan of Ian McDonald, so when I learned that a brand new novel by the author was on the way, I got suitably excited Then, when I found out that the new novel would be the start of a series, and that this series would deal with alternate dimensions and multiverse type ideas very different from his last few books , I got really excited And then, when I discovered that the series would be a young adult series well, it took me a while to come down from that one.So, here it is Planesrunner, book one in Ian McDonald s brand new EVERNESS series, which based on this first novel I hope will be a very long series of YA science fiction novels Boy, this book was fun.One night in London, fourteen year old Everett Singh is witness to his father s kidnapping The man disappears without a trace, and the authorities seem strangely unmotivated to pursue the investigation Everett s father, who is a theoretical physicist, left him the Infundibulum, a mysterious app which turns out to be the map of an infinite number of parallel universes Armed with nothing but the Infundibulum and his wits, Everett sets out on a multi dimensional quest to find his father.Everett Singh is a wonderful main character who balances the delicate line between normal and awesome On the one hand, he s a fairly average, somewhat geeky British teenager He s the goalkeeper for his school s soccer team He likes Tottenham Hotspur His parents are divorced, and he s clearly still trying to cope with the break up of his family On the other hand, his dad is a genius physicist specializing in quantum theory, and it so happens that Everett has inherited his dad s massive intellect as well as his love of cooking Some of their get togethers are soccer games, others are science lectures, and all of them are followed by spectacular cook outs themed around one country s cuisine Like some of Steven Brust s VLAD TALTOS books, this novel frequently made me really hungry Everett is occasionally a bit too perfect to be believable, but reading about his exploits is definitely never boring, and Ian McDonald throws in enough human touches to make Everett believable.Ian McDonald tones down his usual, elegant prose to asimple, functional style in Planesrunner, maybe because this is a YA novel Sometimes the prose is downright chatty and occasionally funny, like when Everett thinks that a female constable looks like a male comedian playing a female police officer Still, McDonald occasionally can t help himself and throws in gorgeous lines like She moved like a golden silk scarf falling through water or His signature looked like a spider car crash Combine this with the fast, fun dialogues that fill this novel and you have a book that practically reads itself.Planesrunner is one of those novels that grabs hold of you from the very beginning and then just never lets go until the very end The kidnapping happens on page 2, and it s full speed ahead from that point on, with Everett trying to discover who is responsible, how the Infundibulum works, and ultimately how to retrieve his father This will take him through a Heisenberg Gate to an alternate dimension, landing in a steampunk like London that s, pardon my fanboy, so insanely cool that it just about blows any other steampunk London clean out of the water It comes complete with its own supremely entertaining vernacular, the wildest clothing style ever, and the most realistic airships I ve ever read I could read an entire Aubrey Maturin series of books about Anastasia Sixsmyth and her Merry Men And that s not even mentioning the fact that Planesrunner really only covers one world two if you count our own out of the Plenitude of Ten Known Worlds Can we have ten books, please One of the best aspects of this novel is its cast of side characters As I mentioned above, Everett occasionally got on my nerves a bit with his supreme intellect and his perfect Indian appetizers, but like a movie in which the lead actor is outplayed by the supporting cast, this novel is sometimes completely taken over by the people surrounding Everett Especially Sen Sixsmyth, the wild, bratty, mysterious navigator of the Everness is an attention grabber, but the rest of the crew of the airship is equally entertaining Even back on our Earth, Everett s mother is hilarious, first embarrassed at being caught in her tracksuit over breakfast by the detectives who are investigating her husband s disappearance, then indignantly declaring that this is a hi fibre household when one of the cops tries to mooch some toast and finds there s only wholegrain available These perfect little slice of life scenes juxtapose perfectly with the vivid, weird multiverse material and really highlight how solid even the minor characters are My only complaint would be that the villains are a bit too over the top villainy, but really, in a novel that features a teenager crossing dimensions to rescue his kidnapped quantum physicist dad, you d expect the contrast to be turned up a bit.To top it all off, if this YA novel finds its way into the hands of the adults who are impatiently hovering in the periphery of its target audience, they ll discover several fun little side jokes and references that may not make sense yet to people born in the last few decades, and that s not even mentioning some of the subtleties and recurring themes that fans of the author will recognize This is a YA novel that definitely has a lot to offer to not so YA readers.It s rare when a book isor less exactly what you hoped it would be, but Planesrunner is just that I had a blast with this novel, and I can t wait for the next book in the EVERNESS series As Sen Sixsmyth would say, this book was utterly bonaroo This review was also published at www.tor.com on 12 7 2011 and www.fantasyliterature.com on 12 14 2011

  5. Jason Pettus says:

    Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter.com I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted illegally Regular readers know that I do not usually review Young Adult novels here but I made an exception this month with the new Planesrunner, not just because it was specifically sent to me by the publishing company but because it s the YA debut of sci fi veteran Ian McDonald, and I m a big slavish fan of Ian M Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter.com I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted illegally Regular readers know that I do not usually review Young Adult novels here but I made an exception this month with the new Planesrunner, not just because it was specifically sent to me by the publishing company but because it s the YA debut of sci fi veteran Ian McDonald, and I m a big slavish fan of Ian McDonald But alas, Ian McDonald or not, this action adventure tale about multiple universes and a teen whose kidnapped dad gives him the key to unlocking it all is absolutely a YA product through and through, both for better and for worse and so while actual teen readers may find this enjoyable or may not like I said, I don t usually review YA novels , for actual grown ups it leaves a lot to be desired, from a clunky plot to overly explanatory exposition, snotty teen characters that will make adults roll their eyes just as badly as real teens make them do, a reliance on a Cockney like slang that s muchannoying than clever, and a lotPlus, I have to confess that I m already tired of the teenage libertarian theme that seems to so completely dominate YA novels by science fiction authors, which is definitely the case here too and, for a main character who s supposed to be a nerdy British Indian, I have to say that I was quite dismayed to see him portrayed on the front cover an awful lot like a hunky white guy The effect is subtle enough in this case to save Pyr a public shaming but I confess that this is a huge pet peeve of mine, when marketing executives at publishing companies take main protagonists of color and then whitewash them on the cover for an American audience Decent enough for what it is, grown ups should nonetheless stay far clear from this literal definition of juvenilia.Out of 10 7.2, or 8.2 for Young Adult fans

  6. Kristin (MyBookishWays Reviews) says:

    14 year old Everett Singh watches his father s kidnapping in front of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, he doesn t quite know what to do He s very sure of what he saw, but the police don t seem to believe him and his own mother is not even quite sure what to believe See, Everett s dad is a theoretical physicist, and it s possible that he s discovered something that some people will do anything to get their hands on When Everett receives a mysteri 14 year old Everett Singh watches his father s kidnapping in front of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, he doesn t quite know what to do He s very sure of what he saw, but the police don t seem to believe him and his own mother is not even quite sure what to believe See, Everett s dad is a theoretical physicist, and it s possible that he s discovered something that some people will do anything to get their hands on When Everett receives a mysterious file on his computer which he calls Dr Quantum , he realizes that things are about to get bad, and it will be up to him to save his dad.See, Tejendra Singh has discovered the multiverse many, many universes running parallel to our own, different versions of Earth, or planes hence the name Planesrunner Everett has unlocked the secret to mapping the universes the Infundibulum , and using an invention called the Heisenberg Gate, scientists are able to travel to these alternate planes There are 10 E1 E10 main planes including our Earth, the newest member that have been deemed safe for travel, and it turns out that back and forth travel has already begun Emmissaries from E3 are determined to capture Everett, and he knows that he must travel to their plane to get his father back.There is really nothing about this book that I didn t like As soon as Everett jumps to E3, he heads to the library, where he does a bit of brushing up on this new, alternate London, and finds out that oil has never been used, and electricity is king Everett calls it Electropunk He describes E3 as what people in the 30 s imagined our time looking like, and immediately notices the smoky, chemical smell that envelopes him on the streets After securing some funds by way of a pawnbroker, he takes to the trains, where he meets feisty, beautiful Sen Sixsmyth, who immediately tries to pilfer Dr Quantum Sen really means no harm and overwhelmed with loneliness, Everett confides in Sen It s soon after that we meet her adopted mother Captain Anastasia Sixsmyth and the crew of the airship Everness Yep, I said airships I m kind of a sucker for a book with airships, and if you are too, you ll LOVE Planesrunner When Everett and Sen meet, the book takes off like a rocket Don t let the idea of multiple universes scare you I admit, when I start thinking about stuff like countless parallel universes, my brain begins to ache just a bit, but kinda in a good way, because the thought of it is frankly awesome In Planesrunner, Everett only explores one, but I m hoping, and suspect, we ll getin the next book Sen s world is one of brutality, living by one s wits, and the hustle and bustle of an alternate London that s very different from Everett s, but it s also one of fierce loyalty, friendship, and swashbuckling adventure I fell in love with the charming Sen from the get go and I suspect Everett did too However, as fun as hanging with the crew of the Everness is, Everett s ultimate goal is to rescue his father, and he ll call on his new friends to help Hampering his efforts is Charlotte Villiers, Planepotentiary sort of like an ambassador , and stone cold killer, and her cadre of thugs They re after Everett at every turn, but Captain Sixsmyth is larger than life, as is her crew, and they ve got a few tricks up their sleeves Will Everett rescue his father from the evil Charlotte Villiars, and keep the Infudibulum out of the wrong hands If I told you, that would spoil all the fun of this wonderful book You certainly don t have to be a young adult to enjoy this book, and lovers of sci fi, adventure, and steampunk won t be able to put it down Not to be missed

  7. Matt says:

    I just couldn t You d think a concept like this would be super interesting, but this just didn t do it for me.

  8. Goran Skrobonja says:

    Finally done with Planesrunner but it has nothing to do with the quality of the book Quite the opposite However, I was so swamped with work that I simply could not havethan ten or fifteen minutes of joy reading a day Still, Ian s first installment of this YA steampunk saga is a pure joy and, in my humble opinion, should be included in school reading for junior high classes as a worthy sample of contemporary adventure fiction Kudos to Ian as usual, I would give my left arm to be abl Finally done with Planesrunner but it has nothing to do with the quality of the book Quite the opposite However, I was so swamped with work that I simply could not havethan ten or fifteen minutes of joy reading a day Still, Ian s first installment of this YA steampunk saga is a pure joy and, in my humble opinion, should be included in school reading for junior high classes as a worthy sample of contemporary adventure fiction Kudos to Ian as usual, I would give my left arm to be able to write like this Can t wait to continue with Everett s adventures in the multiverse, and Be My Enemy is the next I just hope it won t take me so long to finish it

  9. Tudor Ciocarlie says:

    Good YA novel, especially in its last third But I don t think I will read the next one Maybe if I was younger

  10. Chris King Elfland& says:

    NOTE This review originally appeared at The King of Elfland s 2nd Cousin on December 13th, 2011 If you enjoy it, please come check us out As I ve mentioned before, I am a huge fan of Ian McDonald s adult science fiction His complex, multi layered plots and penchant for near future science fiction set in non western cultures Africa, India, Brazil, Turkey, etc have always struck me as interesting, engaging, ambitious, and structurally complex So when I heard that Pyr was going to be rel NOTE This review originally appeared at The King of Elfland s 2nd Cousin on December 13th, 2011 If you enjoy it, please come check us out As I ve mentioned before, I am a huge fan of Ian McDonald s adult science fiction His complex, multi layered plots and penchant for near future science fiction set in non western cultures Africa, India, Brazil, Turkey, etc have always struck me as interesting, engaging, ambitious, and structurally complex So when I heard that Pyr was going to be releasing a new YA novel by Ian McDonald entitled Planesrunner , I jumped at the chance to read it.McDonald has earned a large, loyal, and very much deserved following for his adult fiction I don t know if the decision to market this particular story as YA lay with the author, his agent, or with his publishers, but it does make reviewing the book an interesting challenge The YA and SF genres have different though overlapping conventions which stem from both their respective histories and their divergent audiences, and it is unclear through which lens we should look at Planesrunner What comes first the science fiction, or the YA Planesrunner is told from the perspective of Everett Singh, the fourteen year old son of a quantum physicist involved in the development of doorways onto parallel worlds Everett watches his father get kidnapped, and then finds that he alone has the clues and capabilities to rescue him.Judged solely by the protagonist s age, Planesrunner falls firmly into YA territory Though the book opens in London, McDonald s hero comes from a Punjabi background, and McDonald s excellent ear for local cultures comes through in Everett s voice Particularly in the novel s first third, McDonald paints Everett in solidly contemporary British colors, albeit filtered through his Punjabi background Everett s cultural background can likely best be compared to that of Jessminder Jess Bhamra in the excellent Bend It Like Beckham to say that Everett is a soccer loving British boy tells only half the story, while to say he is Punjabi does the same This is a blend cultureaccessible to western readers than the India McDonald took us to in his adult Cyberabad Days , but it is definitely not the whitebread England of Harry Potter As always, I applaud McDonald s presentation of cultural complexity.The first third of the novel focuses on Everett s reactions to his father s kidnapping From the high powered opening, the story s pace slows down significantly as we learnabout Everett s family background his parents have split up, he has a younger sister, etc and we get gradually introduced to our protagonist We learn about Everett through his interactions with his mother, his soccer team buddy, the police, and his father s co workers Throughout this process, we gradually learnabout the work his father does, and about the parallel worlds that he helped discover This part of the book is written with McDonald s typical skill, providing a good feel for Everett, his values, his cultural background, and his life We grow to care about him, and get engaged in his desire to save his father All of this is good, however by the standards of contemporary YA it happens rather slowly Most contemporary YA that dives into the action the way this story does maintains and rapidly escalates the tension from page one Here, the tension is maintained but its escalation unfoldsslowly It is effective, but it hasof the feel of an adult novel than a typical YA story.Once Everett deduces that his father has been taken to the parallel world of E3 and follows him through the gates, the book s pace accelerates substantially First, the alternate reality Everett crosses into is a vastly different London, where oil was never discovered As a result, its 21st century society runs on coal powered electricity and has no access to technology we take for granted e.g plastics It is a delightful and compelling steampunk world, complete with vast airship fleets The concept of a 21st century London where oil had never been discovered is an interesting one, and McDonald does an excellent job of rendering its technological development believably But while he does a fine job of nailing the technological scientific world building, I am less sold on the cultural flavor of his alternate London, which blends contemporary and pseudo Victorian sensibilities.On the one hand, we see that the alternate world has values and a cultural background commensurate or at least compatible with those of our modern world The villains in E3 are quite at home in skyscrapers, modern dress, and with modern weaponry But they are set in opposition to a romantic rabble of airship sailors who dress, talk, and generally act like they stepped out of the Victorian era Perhaps this disconnect is part of McDonald s point, but upon reflection, I found myself doubtful Nevertheless, it is a testament to McDonald s skill at world building that these quibbles only arose upon reflection while reading the story, I found the world compelling, engaging, and believable.Once in this new world, Everett quickly joins up with that staple of the steampunk sub genre, a crew of airship pirates sailors They are second class citizens presented as a rough around the edges but still lovable rabble, quasi Romany in nature The characters Everett runs into, in particular his fiesty love interest Sen, her adoptive mother the captain , and her Bible Shakespeare quoting crewman are all extremely distinct, very interesting, and very engaging In portraying both this world and the harsh underbelly of its society, McDonald made an interesting authorial choice most of these characters speak in polari, which IRL is a cant slang developed in the British theater community in the 17th and 18th centuries McDonald portrays this dialect directly in dialog, making it hard to parse for the uninitiated I found myself torn as to its effectiveness.The strategic use of polari deepens the credibility of McDonald s alternate world Yet at the same time, it decreases the accessibility of that world As an American whose only previous encounters with polari had been limited to a handful of phrases in a few episodes of Porridge while living in Europe, I found that it took real work to decode what characters in Planesrunner were saying Interestingly, Everett had very little trouble doing so it is possible that growing up in London, he would have hadexposure to polari than I have had growing up in the States Readers as unfamiliar with it as I was might find that it takes a bit of effort to get through Overall, this strategy marks an interesting choice, and one that in general McDonald pulls off effectively However, it is a choice that I have rarely seen in YA Experienced genre readers will probably just accept it and make use of the glossary at the end of the book, but I am less certain that YA readers will be willing to invest the same amount of effort.The biggest weakness I found in Planesrunner was that once Everett stepped into the parallel world, it seemed as if he had entirely forgotten about the mother and younger sister he left behind To some extent, this is a natural consequence of the plot s focus on rescuing his father Nevertheless, I had the impression that themes of Everett s family introduced at the book s opening remained unaddressed let alone resolved at the book s end Above all, it is this fact that makes the book feellike an adult SF novel than a YA SF novel.Themes of family, of choosing balancing sides, and of cultural identity are all frequently explored in YA One can argue and I ve done so on this blog before that at some level all YA novels address the challenge of finding one s place in a complex, multi layered, and ambiguous world McDonald sets these themes up fairly well in the opening of Planesrunner , but fails to follow through on them by its end Themes of family get re introduced, with the focus on Everett s place within the airship s adopted family , but it never ties back to the family he left at home Perhaps as the series continues we will return to these themes and gain some closure But stretching a single unresolved thematic arc across a series and without clear inflection points in each installment is something adult series may pull off, but flies in the face of typical YA conventions It is one thing to end the plot of the first book on a cliffhanger as McDonaldor less does, but to leave thematic threads dangling as opposed to tied, whether loosely or strongly weakens the book s emotional resonance.Overall, Planesrunner is a solid adventure Read as such, it is perfectly enjoyable Fans of adult science fiction will find it especially satisfying, and will likely find it fast by the standards of the adult genre Fans of YA science fiction will likely enjoy it as well, though I suspect that long term it won t be as memorable astightly themed YA novels Readers of McDonald s earlier work will enjoy Planesrunner for how it builds on McDonald s strengths and how it diverges and expands on his previous patterns However, readers looking for the thematic, structural, and sociological complexity of McDonald s adult novels won t find it here That complexity may exist below the story s surface, incorporated into the story s world building, but Planesrunner is a simpler,adventure focused story than McDonald s earlier work In general, I found Planesrunner a fun if only partially satisfying read, but I am definitely invested enough to pick up the next book in the series when it comes out