Here's one of those moments where writing online reaps you a little benefit.
You might remember my review of Fair Coin? It's always nice when someone notices that you wrote a flattering review, and even nicer when someone sends you an advanced reading copy of a book you're enthusiastic about reading.
So. Just before I went traveling, Pyr was kind enough to send me a copy of E.C. Myer's sequel to Fair Coin, Quantum Coin. Since I was enthused to get the book, we could call it a squeequel, but yeah, maybe you wouldn't appreciate that joke.
This time I did read the book in one day, during my airport waiting time and on my flight back from Florida. It was a great way to wrap up a great vacation. Let me be rightly understood. One of the great disappointments of my life is now that I will never be able to read Fair Coin for the first time again. Quantum Coin did not have the same surprise factor that the first book had, only because it couldn't.
What Myers did again was complexity. This books is for smart kids. If you have geeky teens who are underwowed by the recent rash of prom-dress-covered YA and prefer to read a savvy, well-paced adventure, this is the one. The characters from the first book have grown, but at the same time, it's very comfortable reading, like re-visiting an old friend and finding that he or she is still the same, even though the trappings have changed.
One aspect of the book that is rewarding is the multi-faceted characters that Myers writes. He does this not only by making his characters layered, but he also does this by using a variety of incarnations of characters. In Quantum Coin, we have three main versions of Zoey/Jena. And even though these characters are essentially the same person, the differences in their environment give the reader a picture of human diversity and play with the question of nature versus nurture. Like I said, a book for smart kids.
So...sounds like this book will be published in October, 2012. I'll be keeping you posted when you can find it in the wild. If you haven't gotten out and picked up Fair Coin yet, do it. How can you read this excellent sequel without reading the first book?