pamela.tollett, January 9, 2012 (view all comments by pamela.tollett)
Honestly, I picked up this book from ny 14yr old's bookself, and didn't expect the surprise I got! VERY goo book! Very mature, but with a interesting child-like view of the world. I would reccomend it for reading to your kids. It's one of those you will enjoy reading too, as well as discussing with your kids after the reading is done!
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matthew.lawson, February 7, 2011 (view all comments by matthew.lawson)
This is a great book until the end. The ending personally for me was disappointing.(have to read to find out)Other than that it was a great book. Time to read the 2nd book, EverWild(:!!!!!!!!!!!
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beachbum1041, April 19, 2010 (view all comments by beachbum1041)
This novel was retty good. For me, it wasn't advanced enough, but i think its great for grades 6-8. The story plot was fantastic and kept me reading. Personally, it was a little hard to get into, but after about 30 or so pages, i was hooked! Great job Neal Shusterman!
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Der Gewahlte, April 8, 2009 (view all comments by Der Gewahlte)
Everlost is a very intriguing story. It focuses around two teens, Allie and Nick, who have suffered a collision. They then find themselves running through a black tunnel, towards a distant light, but stumble in to each other and get de-railed in to Everlost. Afraid and confused, Allie and Nick meet a young boy, who they call Lief. Lief informs them that they are not, "dead" or "alive". They are in a purgatory, of sorts.
Soon the three travel out of the forest [that they were in] and find other afterlights. The fist Everlost group they meet up with, Jonnie-O and his gang of misfits aren't very nice and try to push them in to the center of the earth, but Lief comes running and whooping to their rescue.
The group then meets Mary Hightower, [they traveled to NY and are at the Twin Towers, where Mary resides], who plays Queen Mother to the lost children of Everlost. Conflict occurs between Allie and Mary, [while Nick falls in love with Mary] and Allie sets out to find the afterlight that claims contact with the "living" world.
Challenges occur, and the plot gets very twisted. An overall great book, and wonderful page-turner.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Shusterman's (Full Tilt) enigmatic novel imagines a purgatory where only children go, with its own vocabulary and body of literature plus a monster named the McGill. After a car accident, teens Allie and Nick awaken 272 days later in Everlost. 'It took nine months to get you born, so doesn't it figure it would take nine months to get you dead?' says the boy who discovers them, a nameless, lonely child they call Lief (an 'Afterlight' who is 100 years old). In Everlost only the young exist, because adults 'never get lost on the way to the light.' The World Trade Center is there, too, home to Mary Hightower, a 15-year-old shaman of sorts and author of countless books (e.g., You're Dead — So Now What?). Shusterman uses excerpts from Mary's books (with an increasing sense of menace) to segue from one chapter to the next. Allie's flight from Mary's kingdom of 'perfect routines,' and her attempt to rescue Nick and Lief from a six-year-old spectral gangster lead her into a conflict with the monstrous McGill (with 'sharp, three-fingered talons for hands,... its mismatched eyes wandered of its own accord'). Along the way, Allie learns the art of 'skinjacking' (inhabiting the living), and Nick discovers a thing or two about the mechanics of Everlost, much to Mary's dismay. Shusterman's landscapes seem both familiar and ghostly, just the right mix for this fascinating limbo land that readers can only hope will provide the setting for more books to come. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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 onger 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 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.
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