Quantum Coin the sequel to Fair Coin, by E.C. Myers, is a marvelously complex jaunt through the theories of quantum theory and the concepts of parallel universes.
In this sequel, our teen heroes — Ephraim, Jena and Nathan — and several of their alternate universe analogs, are called upon to save the multiverse. It’s been nearly a year since Ephraim ‘wished’ himself into a better situation and lived through the chaos that caused, and the quantum coin has been calm and hangs around his now-girlfriend Jena’s neck as a gift. Life has settled to relative normalcy.
Enter Zoe, Jena’s analog from a parallel universe. Her untimely entrance at senior prom challenges any conception of ‘normalcy’ for Ephraim and Jena, and her news about the unstable multiverse and Ephraim’s possible contribution to that status, completely dissolves the ‘normal’ concept.
There is some true science, as well as science fiction in this novel. There is a whole new spin on inter-personal relations when that other person may be another version of oneself. There is complexity of the heart when one version of a girl is more attractive to a fellow than another version of the same girl. There is some mystery and sleuthing, a bit of subterfuge, and even a little social consciousness. What there is not is predictability.
I had great fun reading this book. It’s the sort of book that pulls one along as the next development is just around the corner. It’s a good premise and a good read.