InterWorld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves
Review by Ellen
Joey Harker is just your average schoolkid, notable only for his complete and utter lack of sense of direction (something with which I can immediately sympathise as I can also get lost anywhere). Average until the day he accidentally steps out of his world entirely that is; the ultimate way of getting lost, you could say.
The two sets of rival kidnappers out to get Joey are rather more than a hint that, far from being average, he is almost priceless in this vast set of alternate realities. As a Walker who can find the portals between worlds, and a highly skilled one at that, he would prove vital to either the magical HEX or the scientific binary groups, who have a very real aim of conquering all the known worlds. More specifically, Joey’s death would be invaluable to them, so it’s really in his interests to learn more about his unexpected cross-world navigational skills… and quickly.
I’ve read a few Neil Gaiman novels before, Stardust, Neverwhere and The Ocean at the End of the Lane, but I’ve not been overly enthralled. I loved his collaboration with Terry Pratchett, Good Omens, though, and likewise I had a great time entering the world, or should I say worlds, of InterWorld. I loved Joey, who is just the right balance of normal schoolkid and courageous hero, and I whizzed through the pages in my bid to reach the final scene.
The book is easy to read and full of excitement at every turn. My measure of a good book is one that makes me see the story play out in my imagination like a mini film across my brain and InterWorld certainly ticks that box. Gaiman and Reaves have already written a sequel and I hope to hold it in my hands soon.