Sunday, July 22, 2012

Fair Coin by E.C. Myers

In Fair Coin by E.C. Myers, Ephraim Scott comes home one day to find that his mother has attempted suicide. At the hospital, as she is undergoing treatment, he learns that her suicide may have been because she had just identified his dead body. In the dead boy's effects, Ephraim discovers a mysterious quarter commemorating the state of Puerto Rico -- and he later receives an anonymous note instructing him to flip a coin and make a wish. When he does, he finds that the world alters around him in confusing and often unexpected ways. Ephraim has the power to change his life for the better . . . or does he? Is the coin really granting wishes, or is something else at work here?

This book has a great, complex, but still generally fast-moving plot and good world-building. The characters are fairly well-written, and the concept is intriguing, if slightly problematic. I don't want to give too much away, so that's all I'll say about this one.

(Reviewed from a copy borrowed though my library system.)

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