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Fair Coin by E.C. Myers

01/05/2012. Contributed by Aidan Fortune

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pub: Pyr/Prometheus Books. 285 page small hardback. Price: $16.95 (US). ISBN: 978-1-61614-609-2.

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Borrowing heavily from ‘The ‘Twilight Zone’ and ‘Sliders’, ‘Fair Coin’ starts off as one teen-age boy’s attempt to deal with a crudely labelled ‘magic coin’ that makes his wishes come through when he flips it.

Lead character Ephriam finds himself with massive powers at his disposal and he’s not quite sure how to use them. When the coin first comes into his life, he does what probably every other teen-age boy would do, try and get a girl to like him. Quickly realising the consequences of his actions, he sets out to put things right. However the plan hits a snag when his best friend Nathan gets involved. The plot thickens when doppelgangers of Nathan start turning up demanding Ephriam to hand the coin over.

This is author E.C. Myers’ first full-length book and it’s a cracking read, even for someone slightly older than the young adult demographic it’s aimed at. It blends the right mix of science, adventure and morality. The characters are well written and the switch from ‘magic’ to science is cleverly done, tackling some big ideas without alienating the reader at any point.

The only minor criticism I have with ‘Fair Coin’ is that the author doesn’t explore the universe he hasn’t created nearly enough. There’s ample scope for a series of books and had the last page ended with ‘to be continued’, I wouldn’t have been annoyed, I would have wanted more. Not the worst criticism I guess.

There’s no need to flip a coin with this novel, the choice is simple. If you like drama mixed with science, this is one for you. Don’t be surprised if this is adapted for TV or film neither.

Aidan Fortune

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