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The Silver Dream (InterWorld Trilogy) (edition 2013)

by Neil Gaiman (Author)

Series: InterWorld (2)

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After mastering the ability to walk between dimensions, sixteen-year-old Joey Harker and his fellow InterWorld freedom fighters embark on a mission to maintain peace between the rival powers of magic and science who seek to control all worlds.
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Title:The Silver Dream (InterWorld Trilogy)
Authors:Neil Gaiman (Author)
Info:HarperTeen (2013), 256 pages
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I liked the first book in this series, but I found this one to have far too much going on to form a cohesive and enjoyable plotline. Sure, it's supposed to be marketed towards male teenagers, but it woudn't hurt to cut down on the ADHD tendencies... ( )
  JaimieRiella | Feb 25, 2021 |
The Silver Dream, story by Neil Gaiman & Michael Reaves, written by Michael & Mallory Reaves (Book #2 of the InterWorld series) is both better and not as good as its predecessor.

The story in this one is better. My main complaint about the first book in the series is that it read more like the outline of a TV show concept (which is what it is) than a fully fleshed out novel. The Silver Dream works as a cohesive, contained novel. As such, it's more compelling.

Joey Harker has been with InterWorld for two years now. His team has gained experience in the field. When new and powerful Walkers are discovered in both the HEX and Binary sections of the Altiverse, InterWorld agents (including Joey) retrieve them and bring them back to Base Town. Along the way, Joey meets Acacia ("Don't call me Casey") Jones, a mysterious young woman who turns out to be far more important than she lets on. That's when things start to go wrong ... and FrostNight begins.

The Silver Dream introduces a new and wonderful character, in addition to fleshing out the existing characters a bit more. It expands the Altiverse in exciting new directions. The plotting in this book is really quite impressive—the authors weave some complicated knots and tie elements together in surprising ways. This story raises the stakes of the essential conflict and it ends on a cliffhanger.

It makes me want to read the third book ASAP.

The only real flaw with The Silver Dream is simply that the quality of the writing isn't as good as in the first novel. This isn't to say the writing is bad—far from it, the writing on display here is skillful. It's fully up to the task of telling this story and telling it well.

You can tell Mr. Gaiman didn't actually write this one (he helped plot the story, along with Mr. Reaves, but most of the actual writing was done by Michael's daughter, Mallory [according to Wikipedia]). The style is a bit less elegant, the tone a bit more on-the-nose. Again—not bad. Just a bit less.

Tonally, the biggest issue is Joey's sense of humor. He has a clever, self-deprecating way of narrating the story. In InterWorld, the first novel in the series, this sense of humor is what characterizes the narrative most deeply. The Silver Dream tries to replicate this humorous tone at the beginning but doesn't quite manage it. And given how the story develops, this sense of humor doesn't fit the narrative of this second novel. It comes across as somewhat tone deaf.

Thankfully, the writers are smart enough to realize that and stop trying to be funny after a certain point.

It's probably a turn off for some people to know that this outing in the series is notably less funny than the first one. I'm grateful, though, that the authors recognized that humor isn't what this story needs and didn't try too hard to force it.

This is a story about Joey growing up. It's a story about the worst-case scenario becoming worse than he ever imagined. It's a story about a young man stepping up to face challenges bigger than he may be able to handle.

This kind of story can't be all fun and jokes. It needs to get dark before it can find its way back to the light. Things need to go wrong for the main character to try to set it right, and learn that he can.

This kind of story may not be funny—but it's essential. This is the best path the series could have taken. ( )
  johnthelibrarian | Aug 11, 2020 |
A nice sequel to Interworld, with a cool twisty cliffhanger at the end. On to the third of the trilogy...

My limerick review:
There once was a boy named Joe
(actually there are lots of him, you know)
fighting Binary and Hex
(the movie would have tons of special effects)
and that Time Agent gives him vertigo ( )
  scaifea | Jul 15, 2016 |
After mastering the ability to walk between dimensions, sixteen-year-old Joey Harker and his fellow InterWorld freedom fighters embark on a mission to maintain peace between the rival powers of magic and science who seek to control all worlds.
  lkmuir | Dec 8, 2015 |
I bought The Silver Dream and InterWorld as part of a set, so I was extremely disappointed to find that while Interworld is a complete story, The Silver Dream is basically 1/2 of a story that stops mid-way through. And not because it was already too long. I can only assume that the authors (not Neil Gaiman, by the way) decided to follow the trend of Hollywood making the last book of every YA series into 2 movies, and went ahead and made 2 books. Who knows, maybe that will lead to 4 movies?

My frustration with the abrupt truncation of the story aside, it's not a bad YA novel, it's just not a great one either. On the copy I have Michael and Mallory Reaves have "written by" credit, while Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves have "Story by" credit. Presumably because they did co-author the first book in the series. The only reason Neil Gaiman is first-billed as an author is to sell copies, so I hope he was well compensated. If you're looking for something from Neil Gaiman, this isn't it. If you enjoyed IntraWorld and want more, I strongly advise waiting for the rest of the story to be published. If they hadn't quit mid-way I'd probably have given it 3 stars instead of 2.

(spoilers ahead)

If anything The Silver Dream has even more plot holes than IntraWorld did. Joey Harker regularly muses on the fact that everyone sort-of looks the same, red hair, freckles, even with different sexes, builds, and even presumably species (cat-like, wolf like, bird like). Except when they aren't, because shortly after noting that everyone has red hair, there will be a blonde or brunette version.

And then Joey Harker meets a girl who can also travel between the worlds, and who isn't a version of him. It turns out, she's part of a different organization made up entirely of versions of her. A more powerful, sort of rival organization that polices time. Somehow. An organization which has to be kept secret from the Walkers of the IntraWorld for reasons that are never explained. And despite the fact that she seems to be the daughter of a Joey, is also attracted to Joey. So some serious Oedipal issues there.

The discovery of who and what Acacia is, and what her mission is, unfolds against a backdrop of failures and infiltration of the IntraWorld so banal and obvious it is hard to believe that they have ever been successful at anything. Let alone that they were ready to throw Joey out of the organization for one mistake in the first book. All while the two diametrically opposed forces of magic and technology have apparently joined forced to remake the multiverse (or maybe only the "altiverse" part containing planet Earths) into their own image (ignoring the fact that their images and mutually incompatible). ( )
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Reaves, J. Michaelmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Reaves, Mallorymain authorall editionsconfirmed
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