Series: Interworld, #2
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Published by HarperTeen on April 23, 2013
Pages: 256 pages
Reviewed by: Kristina
Sixteen-year-old Joey Harker has just saved the Altiverse—the dimension that contains all the myriad Earths—from complete destruction. After mastering the ability to walk between dimensions, Joey and his fellow InterWorld Freedom Fighters are on a mission to maintain peace between the rival powers of magic and science who seek to control all worlds.
When a stranger named Acacia somehow follows Joey back to InterWorld’s Base, things get complicated. No one knows who she is or where she’s from—or how she knows so much about InterWorld. Dangerous times lie ahead, and Joey has no one to rely on but himself and his wits—and, just maybe, the mysterious Acacia Jones.
Full of riveting interdimensional battles, epic journeys between worlds, and twists and turns along the way, this sequel to the New York Times bestselling InterWorld is a thrilling, mind-bending adventure through time and space.
I was really excited to see Neil Gaiman’s name attached to THE SILVER DREAM, and very surprised to see it lean more towards science fiction than the fantasy I’m used to reading in Gaiman’s work. Aside from that small shock THE SILVER DREAM is a quick read with fast paced action and an incredibly complex world. Even though this is the second book of the Interworld series new readers can pretty much jump right into the story without feeling too lost.
THE SILVER DREAM is somewhat reminiscent of ENDER’S GAME with children fighting a war against a deadly alien enemy bent on destroying the world. What makes THE SILVER DREAM really different from ENDER’S GAME is the addition of mind bending time travel, inter-dimensional worlds, and an odd mixture of science and magic. A surprising and at times confusing concept introduced in the Interworld series involves Joey having hundreds of alternative ‘Joeys’ from various worlds who not only look slightly like Joey but think like him as well. The idea of living with multiple versions of yourself is both a fascinating and horrifying concept to think about.
Aside from the amazing world building and intense action scenes, there is a definite lack of character development. Everyone except for Joey is one dimensional which is disappointing especially for a character like Acacia who sounds like a really cool girl who has to have an amazingly complex and fun back story from the little we can suss out from the the story. Unfortunately, she sweeps in to help Joey, introduces some really interesting ideas on time travel, and disappears before we can get a good grasp on just who this person even is. Other characters introduced come off as so paper thin that I was amazed at the ‘closeness’ Joey had to them.
While there is a lack of good character development, THE SILVER DREAM is a fascinating YA sci-fi novel filled with great concepts, lots of cool technology, and riveting action. I tend to shy away from the sci-fi genre with its overabundance of complex technology talk so I was happy to see that THE SILVER DREAM was surprisingly light on that aspect. THE SILVER DREAM ends on a major cliffhanger which will make the next book in the Interworld series (which has no release date) hard to wait for.