Empress of the Sun review by ClarissaAdeleMorgenst...
Empress of the Sun (Everness)
by Ian McDonald
Age Range - 12 and up
Genre - Science Fiction

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Age at time of review - 13
Reviewer's Location - Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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Empress of the Sun begins when the airship Everness is about to crash after going through a Heisenburg jump. Everett Singh, a talented mathematician, feels responsible for crashing the Everness in an unknown universe because of his calculations for the Heisenburg jump between realities. The Everness's crew soon discovers that they have crash landed on a "Diskworld," which is inhabited by an extremely advanced race of dinosaurs called the Jiju. On the Diskworld, the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs on other parallel earths never hit, so they got a huge head start on evolution. The first Jiju that Everett meets is Kax, a member of the Sunlords, who control the sun. The Everness's crew plans on leaving as soon as they fix their airship, but will the Jiju let them? Meanwhile, Charlotte Villiers is trying to get the Infundibulum, which has codes for every parallel universe, from Everett Singh. Charlotte Villiers has forced Everett M to take Everett Singh's place on Earth 10, Everett Singh's home planet, because she sent Everett Singh out of his universe's dimension. Singh's alter, Everett M, who from another universe, is posing as him. Who will get the Infundibulum, and how will the Everness and her crew leave the Jiju?


I enjoyed this book. I think that the premise of the story is very interesting, as well as the explanation for the Jiju and separate realities. However, I was confused by several things in this book, especially when I first started reading it. When I received this book, I didn't know that it was the third in a series. This may have explained some of the things I didn't like about the book; for example, I felt like some of the characters weren't very well developed, but they were most likely introduced in earlier books.  I also didn't like some aspects of the science fiction. For example, people still used iPads and common real life technology, even though they had Heisenburg Gates, which let them travel between alternate worlds, and other very advanced technology. I think I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if I had read the other books in the series. Overall though, this was a good story.
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Content rating - some mature content

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There is some language and references to sex in this book.




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