Reading level: Young Adult
Publisher: Brilliance Audio on CD Unabridged; Unabridged edition (January 20, 2009)
Buy the Book: Audiobook, Paperback
Series: First in the Skinjacker Trilogy
Nick and Allie don’t survive the car accident…but their souls don’t exactly get where they’re supposed to go 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 is a fascinating tale of what happens to children, that somehow get off-track on their journey to the afterlife. The story begins with a fatal car accident, where Nick and Allie are thrust into the world of Everlost after bumping each other off course on the way to the "light". They are found by a long-time "Everlight" resident, who they nickname Leaf, because he lives alone in a forest. Leaf is content to live in this forest forever, but Nick and Allie want to find out what happened to them, and more importantly, what happened to their families.
But when they leave Leaf's safe forest, they find out that traveling is going to be harder than they think. Normal ground (where no one has died) is like quicksand and they must constantly keep moving or they will sink to the center of the earth. There are rogue groups of adolescents that bully any "green soul" (newcomer) to steal his or her possessions. But worst of all is the McGill. The McGill hates children and will "rip out your tongue if it hears you talk" or "tear out your lungs if it hears you breath".
Luckily they soon find Mary Hightower, the self-proclaimed queen of lost kids. Nick feels like he he's found a home here with Mary and her followers, but Allie isn't satisfied with Mary's answers, or her way of life. Against all warnings, Allie begins her own search for answers and ends up learning the "Criminal Art" of haunting.
I thought this was a really fantastic book! I am actually surprised that I liked it so much. It wasn't at all what I was expecting. I loved Nick and Allie, and seeing how their stories intertwined, separated, and then wove back together again. The kids and I listened to this on audiobook and all of us thought it was a great story, full of very interesting characters and clever plot twists! The reader was great!! He did a fantastic job with all of the different characters, and there was even a girl who read part of the books where Mary Hightower's book was being read. This was probably one of the best audiobooks that we have ever listened to as a family. And I love that my whole family loved it. From my 8 year old son, to my 16 year old daughter....and of course me!! In the YA world of vampires and werewolves, Everlost finds it's own unique way to immortality.
I'm really excited to see where this story leads! The next two books in the series, Everwild and Everfound, are already out NOW!! So, there's no waiting to see how it ends!
- Sexual Content: Minor
- Profanity: Mild
- Violence: Moderate
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