Sunday, July 17, 2011

Everlost by Neal Shusterman

Reading Hammock’s Rating:
5 out of 5
Fiction Genre:
Neal Shusterman
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Publication Date:
August 2006
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
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Author’s Synopsis:

            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.

My review:

            This is one of the best books I have read in a long time.  I found this novel intriguing because of Shusterman’s ability to describe his vision of afterlife—something that everyone contemplates.  After I read the first few pages, Shusterman’s plot immediately caught my attention.  The perfect balance between dialogue and explanation brought me even further into the world of Everlost and the minds of the main characters, Nick and Allie.  I could easily relate to Nick and Allie because Shusterman also describes their feelings as they become more accustomed to this new world.  I would recommend this novel to everyone, even if you are not usually drawn towards the science fiction or fantasy genres.  

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