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Be My Enemy: Everness, Book 2

By Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Sci-fi sequel offers intense adventure, frequent peril.

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Offering a mix of fast-paced, engrossing action and thought-provoking sci-fi, Be My Enemy is a worthy follow-up to its predecessor, Planesrunner. Everett remains a sympathetic character whose motivations are always well intentioned. And his relationships with the Everness crew -- particularly spunky Sen and dashing Captain Anastasia Sixsmyth -- continue to deepen in this installment, driving the stakes even higher.

Things get pretty intense when the action shifts to Earth 1 -- the destructive Nahn are creepy and unnerving; as an extreme example of the dangers of technology "innovation" left unchecked, they're a very effective cautionary tale. As the second book in a planned trilogy, Be My Enemy suffers a little bit from middle-book-itis -- nothing is really wrapped up, and readers will be left champing at the bit to find out what happens next -- but it's a thoroughly entertaining adventure that will have a strong appeal for readers interested in real/hard science, as well as those who just like a good yarn.

Book Details

  • Author: Ian McDonald
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Topics: Adventures
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Pyr
  • Publication date: September 4, 2012
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
  • Number of pages: 280
  • Available on: Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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