Friday, 10 July 2009

Everlost by Neal Shusterman

From Amazon: Nick and Allie don't survive the crash, and now they are in limbo, stuck halfway between life and death, in a netherworld known as Everlost. Everlost is home to those who didn't make it to their final destination: A magical yet dangerous place filled with shadows where lost souls run wild. Shocked and frightened, Nick and Allie aren't ready to rest in peace just yet. They want their lives back. Desperate for a way out, their search takes them deep into the uncharted regions of Everlost.

I loved this book! Neal Shusterman has managed to create an enchanting, terrifying world where nothing and everything makes sense. The story and characters are original and brilliant, and the whole concept of Everlost is a great idea.

Allie and Nick are strong, layered characters, and each eventually finds their place in this strange new world. With Nick's quick thinking abilities and Allie's headstrong resolve, the pair make a huge difference to Everlost, and the lives of all the children who haven't yet gotten where they're going.

The chapters are fairly short, and most begin with excerpts from Mary Hightower's books about life in Everlost. I think this is a pretty genius idea, and gives the reader that extra bit of information about the rules and regulations of this scary but comforting place. The McGill is an interesting villain, with a story of his own that unfolds throughout the book. Although he's not as bad as he seems, I still wouldn't like to meet him on a dark night... his appearance would scare the life out of me!

Everlost is another compulsive read from the fantastic Mr. Shusterman. Thought-provoking books with lots of room for discussion seem to be his speciality, and he pulls it off so well every time. I can't wait for the sequel!

13 comments:

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

This sunds so good. I loved Unwind so I'm definitely going to get this.

Euro Crime said...

My library has this one on order - woo hoo.
Karen

Ladybug said...

This sounds like a very good book! Shusterman is a new author for me. Is this book the first in a series?

Chicklish said...

Sounds brilliant! Thanks for the great review!

Jess said...

This sounds like a great read -- is it YA?

Juju said...

Sounds awesome!

Andrea said...

Wow, that sounds great. I'm adding it to my TBR list right now.

Carrie said...

I loved this book. I am anxiously awaiting Everwild. I'm so glad he decided to make it a trilogy. Can't wait!! Great review.

Thao said...

I found out about this book a few months ago or so. It sounds fantastic.

prophecygirl said...

Ladybug - yep, it's the first in the Skinjacker trilogy.

Jess - It's YA! :)

Charley said...

I've noticed this book on the shelf, but I haven't felt compelled to read it until now.

Janssen said...

I gave my brother my copy of this, so I haven't read it yet, but he really enjoyed it and I'm anxious to read it too.

Kate said...

Wow, I want to read this! I love the idea og being stuck in limbo. Superb review.