by Neil Gaiman & Michael Reaves
Joey Harker isn’t a hero.
In fact, he’s the kind of guy who gets lost in his own house.
But then one day, Joey gets really lost. He walks straight out of his world and into another dimension.
Joey’s walk between the worlds makes him prey to two terrible forces – armies of magic and science who will do anything to harness his power to travel between dimensions.
When he sees the evil those forces are capable of, Joey makes the only possible choice: to join an army of his own, an army of versions of himself from different dimensions who all share his amazing power and who are all determined to fight to save the worlds.
Alternate dimensions? Traveling between said alternate dimensions? An army of alternate versions of the same person?
Sounds intriguing, I thought to myself. Sign me up, I thought to myself.
And boy, was I glad I did.
Joey Harker is an absent-minded if well-intentioned teenager, who is more concerned with getting the attention of the girl he likes than the fate of the universe. Of course, that’s largely because he does not know the universe is in trouble.
Until he inadvertently walks into an alternate dimension and gains the attention of two organisations that track down inter-dimensional Walkers to use their Walking abilities for their own nefarious purposes.
What follows is a mess of confusing rambling as Joey’s life and thoughts lead him into the middle of an ongoing battle between InterWorld and the two organisations, with the fate of the universe resting in the balance.
The writing in the novel reads like the internal thought process of a boy thrust into a strange new situation, and can be equal parts frustrating and entertaining. I spent the entirety of the novel rooting for Joey, because he is a largely likeable character, as are most of the other versions of Joey.
The book is confusing, but fun. A mess and mixture of Doctor Who and Sliders, both shows I enjoy. I am currently on the lookout for the next book in the series, because Joey’s adventures in dimension hopping are definitely something I want to follow.