Posts Tagged ‘parallel worlds’

Burn by Patrick Ness

March 24, 2020 Comments off

burnBurn by Patrick Ness. Pub. Walker Books, 2020.


This is a Young Adult novel out of the top draw. It is a novel of parallel worlds, of dragons, of the human condition, of action and ultimately a love story.

It is the year 1957 and the Cold War is heating up so to speak. The Russians are on the verge of putting a satellite into space and the Americans are worried about the spying implications of such a satellite.

This is real history but there is an additional element -DRAGONS. Yes dragons inhabit this planet living in the waste lands of Russia of Asia of Europe and the Americas. Humans and dragons rarely meet. They have lived a peaceful but uneasy existence for centuries but that is all about to change with the launch of the Russian satellite.

There is a prophecy that nuclear war will break out between men and rid the planet of humans thus allowing dragons who are immune from radiation to fly free. The satellite launch is going to be used to trigger the war.

Enter a religious cult of dragon worshipers called Believers in the person of Malcolm a ruthless 17 year old, gay killer whose job is to assassinate a teenage girl called Sarah Dewhurst as she is prophesised to stop the dragons.

The action and plot turns are staggering. Written in two parts the end of the first part seeming to be the end of the world. After a torrid conflict a claw of a dragon known as The Spur is used to transfer all the action into a parallel world where every character in the first part has a different life in the second world.

This is a brilliant transition but will the prophecy be true in this second world and is there hope for human kind and dragons?

Superbly told, totally compelling. If you miss this you will miss the best book of the year.

The Many Worlds of Albie Bright by Christopher Edge.

March 30, 2016 Comments off

albieThe Many Worlds of Albie Bright by Christopher Edge. Pub. Nosy Crow, 2016.

It is said that if you think you understand quantum physics then you don’t understand quantum physics. This book is loosely about some of the principles that quantum physics seems to theorise about except this has a new concept called Quantum banana theory.

Don’t get confused because this book is about the marvellous concept of parallel universes. Yes that meansĀ  parallel worlds occupying the same space as this one we are in and in these worlds are a different version of ourselves, our parents, our friends and of our world.

Albie Bright wants to see his mum again. She has died of cancer after a brilliant science career at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland and he misses her. So does his dad.

Albie checks out his mothers work and finds her laptop computer which is plugged into the Hadron Collider. His father has told him that an atom can appear to be in two places at the same time and since we are made of atoms we can be in two places at once as well.

Using a banana as his source , a geiger counter and plugging it into this mothers laptop enclosed in a box, Albie travelsĀ  to four other parallel worlds in which everything including himself has subtly changed.

Albie’s plan is that his mother could be still alive in one of these parallel universes and he wants to see her again. What he finds is hilariously funny, deep and sad too, but fulfilling.

If it sounds like you, read it. the language is simple and the story bizaare. Intermediate and junior high school students will love this.

It is out there but it will not be published until 25th May 2016 so if you like it keep a note and order it later. You will not be sorry.