Fair Coin

By E. C. Myers

The coin replaced Ephraim's existence. yet how can he switch it back?

Sixteen-year-old Ephraim Scott is horrified while he comes domestic from institution and unearths his mom subconscious on the kitchen desk, clutching a bottle of capsules. the cause of her suicide test is much more dis­turbing: she idea she'd pointed out Ephraim's physique on the clinic that day.

Among his useless double's assets, Ephraim unearths an odd coin--a coin that can provide needs while he flips it. With a flick of his thumb, he can flip his alcoholic mom right into a version mother or father and capture the attention of the woman he is loved due to the fact moment grade. however the coin does not continually switch issues for the higher. And a nasty turn can damage different people's lives as simply because it rebuilds his own.

The coin may perhaps provide Ephraim every thing he is ever wanted--if he learns to manage its energy ahead of his success runs out.

Winner of the 2012 Andre Norton Award for remarkable younger grownup technological know-how Fiction/Fantasy Book
Finalist: 2013 Compton criminal Award
Finalist: 2013 British myth Award for top Newcomer (the Sydney J. Bounds Award)

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Thanks,” Ephraim acknowledged round a jelly donut. “Wait, what? ” Ephraim swallowed an unchewed chunk painfully and stared at him. “You spotted that? ” “I'm rather attuned to quantum shifts,” the fellow acknowledged. “Or not less than my belly is. ” all at once Ephraim discovered who this was once: the guy Zoe had pointed out, the person who had given the coin and the controller to this universe's Ephraim and Nate. Ephraim pulled the coin from his pocket. the guy exhaled. “So you have got it now,” he acknowledged. “You understand what this can be? ” Ephraim closed his hand round the coin and sat up straighter. “Can you inform me extra approximately it? How does it paintings? ” “Slow down, Ephraim. we are going to get there. ” He scratched his chin, the stubble sounding like sandpaper opposed to his palms. “Sorry, that's your identify, is not it? ” “Ephraim Scott. ” the fellow nodded. “So anything occurred to the opposite one should you ended up with the coin. ” “That approximately sums it up. ” “Lucky you. ” the fellow reached over into the bag and absently snagged a donut for himself. “I proposal you stated you did not have an appetite,” Ephraim stated. “Don't want one to consume. Chewing is helping me think,” the guy acknowledged. He chomped into the donut and chewed thoughtfully. “Did the coin convey you the following too? ” Ephraim requested. the fellow swallowed. “Or vice versa, reckoning on the way you examine it. i used to be a part of a two-person crew exploring parallel universes. Then I misplaced my accomplice. considering that he was once the single one that may use the coin, i used to be caught right here. I waited decades to discover an individual who may possibly aid me depart. ” “You suggest this world's Ephraim and Nate? ” the guy narrowed his eyes. “Yeah. I depended on young children with the main complicated expertise this global has ever visible. That became out to be a mistake. these punks promised to come back me to my universe, yet then they deserted me. ” He brushed powdered sugar from his black pants. “But why did you decide them? How do you know they might be capable of use the coin and controller? Unless…” Ephraim leaned nearer and scrutinized the older guy. His query got here out small and vulnerable. “Who are you? ” the guy winked. “Well, in order that issues do not get an excessive amount of extra complicated, you could name me Nathaniel. I by no means cherished that identify, yet I grew into it. ” Ephraim stared at him, not often capable of think it. yet now that he'd heard it, he knew the guy was once telling the reality. That used to be why he'd appeared so frequent. He used to be a Nathan with one other thirty years or so further on. “You're one other Nathan? ” he requested. “Yeah, i am an analog of your pal. We do have a behavior of doping up, do not we? ” “‘Analog’? ” “It's our time period for doubles in parallel universes. Genetically we are approximately as exact as clones, yet as a result of inherent adaptations in our environments, we are special contributors. ” “Like twins who have been separated at beginning? ” “That's a good…analogy. ” Nathaniel laughed. Ephraim frowned. “You're Nathan's double? yet you are so…old. ” “Thanks, child. The timeline can vary among a few parallel universes—but you wish the additional diversity of the controller to go to these. i guess technically i am from one in every of your attainable futures.

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