Review: Everlost by Neil Shusterman

“If you have ever wondered if crossing over is as magical as it seems, Shusterman's Everlost is a book that is not to be missed.”

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Title:Everlost (Skinjacker Trilogy #1)
Author:Shusterman, Neil
Publisher:Simon and Schuster
Pages:313

From Goodreads: Nick and Allie don’t survive the car accident…but their souls don’t exactly get where they’re supposed to get either. Instead, they’re caught halfway between life and death, in a sort of limbo known as Everlost: a shadow of the living world, filled with all the things and places that no longer exist. It’s a magical yet dangerous place where bands of lost children run wild and anyone who stands in the same place too long sinks to the center of the Earth.

When they find Mary, the self-proclaimed queen of lost kids, Nick feels like he’s found a home. But Allie isn’t satisfied spending eternity between worlds. Against all warnings, Allie begins learning the “Criminal Art” of haunting and ventures into dangerous territory, where a monster called the McGill threatens all the souls of Everlost.

In this imaginative novel, Neal Shusterman explores questions of life, death, and what just might lie in between.

Everlost showed up in my mail last week with a note saying to expect the second book in anticipation for Everfound coming out on May 3rd! I have heard a lot about this series and had previously purchased a different Shusterman book Unwind but hadn’t taken the time to read.

Shusterman’s writing style is reminiscent of Gaiman and Bray but wholly his own unique thing. The Everlost is a continually interesting place. Learning how the universe works in this first book is an experience unto itself. Mary Hightower also known as Mary Queen of Snots books are referenced at the beginning of each chapter and you dig a bit deeper into the world and how the Afterlight’s survive day to day.

Nick and Allie are unusual counterparts and their differences of opinion make their partnership even more interesting to the reader. The monsters and finders and other Afterlight children make the experience of the book amazing to read.

If you haven’t picked up this trilogy and have been inclined to do so; there is no time like the present! You will fall in love with this world and the children populating it. There are mysteries to be solved and not of the stale whodunit style. There is so much to appreciate about in the smaller side stories and subtle nuances of Everlost.

I can’t wait to read Everwild! I think I will read Unwind while I wait for book two to come!

Review copy sent by publisher for a review.

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3 Responses so far

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    My whole family LOVES these books! We listened to them on audio together, my 8-yr-old son, 10-yr-old daughter, 16-yr-old daughter and myself. We can’t wait for the final book to come out! Glad to see the books getting some more publicity!

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    I remember really enjoying this one when it came out. I actually liked Schusterman’s other book, Unwind, quite a bit better, though. I’m excited to hear your thoughts on that one, too! =)

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    Wow, sounds good– and VERY different than Unwind– although I guess they have the “lost children on a quest” thing in common.

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