Google+ Reading Teen: Book and Audio Review: Everfound by Neal Shusterman

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Book and Audio Review: Everfound by Neal Shusterman

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (May 3, 2011)
Audio CD
Publisher: Brilliance Audio on MP3-CD; MP3 Una edition (May 3, 2011)
Buy the book: Hardcover | Audio

While Mary lies in a glass coffin aboard a ghost train heading west, her minions are awaiting her re-awakening by bringing lots of new souls into Everlost to serve her. Meanwhile, Jackin’ Jill has met Jix, a furjacker—a skinjacker who can take over the bodies of animals, most notably jaguars. Jix serves a Mayan god who collects Everlost coins and has his own agenda. In the concluding volume of The Skinjacker Trilogy, Neal Shusterman reveals new sides of the characters of Everlost, who are pitted against each other in a battle that may destroy all life on Earth.

The Audio: 

This is one of those books that my entire family listened to.  It's classified as YA, but was easily understood, enjoyed, and appropriate for my 9 and 10 year olds too.  We have loved listening to all of this series on audio, and this book was no exception.  I've heard some people complain about Nick Podehl, the narrator, being too over the top.  I can definitely understand this, and in fact there was one voice (the scar wraith), which sounded a little too much like Scooby-Doo for my taste.  But overall, I think he did a great job.  I know my kids really enjoyed all the voices that he did.  I found it especially impressive considering how many different kids there were in this story, and how many different distinct voices he came up with for all of them.  I'd say if you enjoy the fantastical, and the theatrics, definitely check this one out on audio.  If you like your audiobooks a little more mundane, you might better enjoy it reading it yourself.

The Book:

My review of Everlost

What an extraordinary imagination!  What world-building ability!!  This series is just absolutely fascinating!!  By the time I was in the third book, I would find myself throwing around skinjacker lingo with my kids that if people overheard, they'd think I had lost my mind.  Neal Shusterman did such a phenomenal job of slowly introducing new terminology, and "Everlost laws" that it became commonplace for me, and I was completely entrenched in Everlost. 

I love how Neal is able to have so many different stories going on at one time, constantly switching viewpoints.  He aligns everything so that something you think is insignificant comes back later to be something game-changing.  All the characters in the skinjacker trilogy are so thoroughly fleshed out, and so creatively made.   I'm just so impressed with his imagination.

With Skinjackers, adventure, a little romance, Reapers, plot twists and turns (and more twists and turns), Furjackers, a Scar Wraith, the Alamo, a Chocolate Ogre, the Hindenburg, and one really wack girl who wants to rule them all, this book is an amazing adventure that I was sad to see end, but really happy with the way it ended.


  • Sexual Content:  Minor
  • Profanity:  Minor
  • Violence:  Heavy
  • Other Notables:  Kids are stuck inbetween life and death.

For more information, check out Everfound on Parental Book Reviews.


  1. This sounds like a great audio to try. Awesome review.

  2. I just finished listening to UNWIND, one of Shusterman's earlier novels. The rich characters and plot added depth to a truly horrific premise. The only downside is the narrator's style took a long time to grow on me and I almost gave up listening. Glad I stuck it our. I just added EVERFOUND to my to-read list.


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