Fair Coin (#1)

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Sixteen-year-old Ephraim Scott is horrified when he comes home from school and finds his mother unconscious at the kitchen table, clutching a bottle of pills. The reason for her suicide attempt is even more dis­turbing: she thought she’d identified Ephraim’s body at the hospital that day.

Among his dead double’s belongings, Ephraim finds a strange coin—a coin that grants wishes when he flips it. With a flick of his thumb, he can turn his alcoholic mother into a model parent and catch the eye of the girl he’s liked since second grade. But the coin doesn’t always change things for the better. And a bad flip can destroy other people’s lives as easily as it rebuilds his own.

The coin could give Ephraim everything he’s ever wanted—if he learns to control its power before his luck runs out.


“[A] dizzying debut […] Ephraim’s ability to see past the temptations of power despite an active teen libido provides him with a sturdy moral base.”


“Tired of cookie-cutter young-adult novels? The cure awaits, in the shape of E.C. Myers’ astounding FAIR COIN — a book which, among other things, achieves the feat of seeming like a dark fairy tale and a clever science fiction epic, rolled into one. It’s a fast-moving book full of twists and cool character moments, and definitely ideal for adults who miss the days of engaging, idea-driven science fiction […] don’t plan on doing anything else until you finish reading it.”


“With clear, engaging prose […] this is a good young-adult novel that also has lots to offer not-so-young adults.”

Seattle Times

“Magic and science collide in this retelling of the classic fable about misguided wishes never having exactly the outcome you intend […] A complex plotline explores experimental theories in this fast-paced and fun story.”

RT Book Reviews

“I love the way FAIR COIN takes a fairy tale motif and first, makes it its own, then transforms it into a solid SF outing […] fabulous from start to finish.”

Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine

“I applaud Myers for coming up with an exciting and science-based premise and the twisty, puzzly adventure that his reality-bending ideas consequently bring.”

Night Owl Reviews