The Silver Dream (InterWorld #2) by Neil Gaiman, Michael Reaves, and Mallory Reaves
The Silver Dream picks up two years after InterWorld left off, and Joey Harker is, if not well-liked, at least a substantial member of the group. His team is out on a mission when things go wrong and they’re saved by a strange female named Acacia, who turns out to be more important than she’s letting on. In addition, the evil forces of HEX and Binary are coming together and not everyone at InterWorld can be trusted.
Whereas InterWorld was filled with heavy scientific jargon, The Silver Dream was a bit easier to understand on the whole. Sure, there was still some space-time stuff mentioned, but the details were for the most part glossed over in a need-to-know way.
Joey, Joe as he now likes to call himself, is now sixteen, and has matured a bit from the first book. He’s not as caught up on himself and his own losses as he was, though he does still suffer from what other people think of him, and he seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time a lot.
I felt like the story was easier to follow this time around too, even if some of the situations are hard to describe, and I really liked Acacia (not to mention, I still love Hue). The different variations of Joey were some of my favorite as well, and I’d love to see what life is like on all those different planets (wolf-Joey! vampire-Joey! angel-Joey! bird-Joey! robot-Joey!), even if all the J names can be confusing. I did like that there was a Cast of Characters in the beginning of the book, though, to help sort that out.
Also, how is this Joey all that special, and why do the others not like him as much? Aren’t they all pretty much the same? Isn’t that kind of the point? If they’re all still hung up on accepting him because of what happened in the first novel, isn’t it about time to get over it? It wasn’t his fault, anyway.
One thing I was bummed about was the publisher’s implying the novel was written by Gaiman, when in fact, it was written by Michael and Mallory Reaves, with the “story by” credit going to the original duo from InterWorld. It explains the different writing style and weak plot points, but was a cheap shot to have Gaiman’s name grace the cover in such big text when he didn’t actually write it.
The novel does end on a cliffhanger, setting up the final installment, Eternity’s Wheel.