Everlost reminded me of several books I felt rather lukewarm about Elsewhere, Lord of the Flies and Gone It deals with afterlife specifically, the limbo between life and death and kids behaving badly when left on their own.I can see why fans of Unwind would be underwhelmed by Everlost I was too, a little It is a good book, but it is clearly a children s book There are no adults in it, the characters are all under 15 Even when the story handles very serious matters that scared and creeped me out BTW , it does so in a manner suitable for children the villains, the torture devices a pickle barrel and violence are of a milder type Even though I knew from the get go Everlost would never be one of my favorite books, once I made a decision to stick with the story anyway, I came to like it a lot and even developed a good amount of affection for its characters Shusterman s vision of mid existence struck my imagination The boredom, uneventfulness, the obliteration of one s identity DEPRESSING If this is what being stuck in a limbo would be, I don t see how it is better than hell For those who dropped the book early on asked me if it gets better, here is my answer it doesn t really But I eventually got interested enough in the story to want to read the sequels and to see how it all ends I just wish this series was written with an older set of characters and gorier details to go along with already sufficiently disturbing and mature concept. 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 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 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 Find all of my reviews at me begin by saying that Nope When I saw Will s review and that Everlost was written by Shusterman I was all in Unfortunately I was still floating on an Unwind high and failed to pay attention to the fact that this wasn t quite going to push the envelope like that one did What we have here is an unfortunate meet and greet between Nick and Allie When they wake up they discover something new about themselves They re also left with the question of whether or not they made it to heaven Okay, not really, but it is a state of limbo The remainder of the story is a quest to find others like themselves and a way to possibly make it back home As I said before, Everlost was extremely tame compared to my previous Shusterman experience However, it was still a pretty decent read If you or your children enjoyed Miss Peregrine, this might be a selection for you. I swear on my dog s life that Neal Shusterman s Everlost is pure awesomeness Kids who die go to a sort of place but not a place existing between life and death called Everlost If they stay there instead of passing on, they have to stay in areas called dead spots , where a significant death has happened Main kids Allie and Nick s car accident took place by a forest that has burned down Sometimes a spot is massive, such as the entire city of Atlanta seen in the second in the Skinjacker trilogy, Everwild These spots are what is still real to the kids, and the live spots they will sink right through if they stay there for any time I loved the details, like Shusterman thought of everything Food passes through if it had some special meaning to a person, like birthday cakes That doesn t happen often Fortune cookies are everywhere there s to this I shall say nothing about, lest I become too spoilerific , however Shusterman put a lot of thought into realizing the world of Everlost The detail is half the fun Kids who have made their er living in Everlost trade in a black market there s no law but it still feels black market all the same Probably cause the trading gets dirty of rare goods such as food, or vehicles that have passed through one character drives the Hindenburg I must say I enjoyed the way he played with disasters from the past Every kid has a coin on them representing the payment to pass on If they have no unfinished business, their coin will take them back An older kid Mary Hightower her name comes from her dominion of the world trade center thinks she knows what is best for everyone else, and it is in her best interest to keep kids from passing on She loves to be needed One way she does this is ensure that kids forget themselves by installing them in meaningless routines she d get along great with The Terrible Trivium from The Phantom Tollbooth The coins Mary Her High and mighty Highness has them throw away in a wishing well Evil isn t she Mary Hightower is one of my favorite villains of ya fiction She means well, but lord is she infuriating Mary Hightower publishes manifestos to lead lost kiddos to her cause Her propaganda is far reaching.The lost kiddos have to remind themselves constantly of themselves Most cannot remember their old names for long, let alone what they really looked like They become what they feel like they look like, and that can lead to becoming something of a darker nature If they can t remember themselves, they ll be in Everlost forever under that hoity toity Mary Hightower Yikes The other baddie of the book is the monster McGill, another Everlost legend, with a decidedly less than friendly reputation than that of Mary Hightower There is to Everlost than the inhabitants will have Nick and Allie believe It s a bit like prison in that the worst part is the other inhabitants The whole black market thing put me immediately in mind of prison Something might be wrong with my mind I enjoyed their story in this bizarre little death world Nick is determined to stop Mary Hightower too bad he s also in love with her Allie wants to see her family again, and is still stuck to her old life Their friend Leif from the forest is something like one of Peter Pan s Lost Boys.I wouldn t lie where this little guy is concerned Even if he is a ventriloquist pooter The crafty little devil blames me for all his farts, from silent but deadly to the musical variety. But we can t choose what we forget The we try to forget something, the we end up remembering itI should ve read Everlost before Even I idolized and worshipped Neal Shusterman, I stalled myself to read this book because I thought I will not enjoy an afterlife novel Guess, I was wrong I really did enjoy reading this one.Everlost is a limbo between life and death It s where the dead children go No adults Just children up to the age of 14 It s like the afterlife but it is not As a novel, Everlost is a fun but haunting one Fun because there s a great adventure and mysteries to solve Haunting because it reminds us about the complexity of life and death and everything in between It looks like a book about children playing and doing stuff but it s actually a dark one that convey lessons and realization about existing and not existing Seriously when I think about it, I got scared of what is waiting for me in the other side or is there really a destination after all of these What is the feeling of being stucked in a miserable place Yep, I got scared with those thoughts.Anyway, I liked how the characters had grown into me, major or minor Their characterization had been developed so well, I ended up liking them all and very much anticipating what they will do in the sequel The world building were superb also I pictured it fine in my mind and found it truly interesting and disturbing Shusterman described the Everlost like it was real But, he left some mysteries to be pondered upon There are still holes to fill and questions to answer about this bizarre world of the dead children.As a whole, Everlost is an engrossing read It captures the child in me and makes me appreciate the fun, adventure, dread, hopes, dreams and worry and everything else experienced by the characters It lures me to an intriguing and haunting world without having me oriented to what I will stumble upon And it makes me think about life and death and to what will happen next. Well there s one lesson I learned from this book, never teach your kids to stay put when they get lost This book taught me the importance of trying to find your way to where you re going no matter what the challenges or obstacles you re faced with I picked up Everlost because I was captivated by Shusterman s book Unwind It s good, just not Unwind s caliber of great This story is about two souls, Allie and Nick, that are in a fatal car accident Upon their death and on their way to the light they collide and lose course, ending up in an intermittent state of existence, a land called Everlost Through their adventure in Everlost they come across other souls, as well as monsters, haunters and all things slightly bizarre Their journey to get where they need to go is one of struggle, frustration, and ultimately accomplishment I rooted for the two main characters all the way through to the end.This book had the feel of a dead man s version of Peter Pan and The Lost Boys I enjoyed it, but it was a little too young for my reading preference There are some great lessons though that anyone can pull from the book including, the responsibility of power, what is truly important in life, what happens after death and the meaning of friendship, loyalty and choices If you enjoy adventure, fantasy, with a sprinkle of science fiction, you ll enjoy this book If I had the option to give it three and a half stars, I would It s a good book, just maybe for a younger crowd. I m having a hard time trying to determine how I feel about Everlost After reading and greatly enjoying Unwind , I was eager to read another book Shusterman had written On the one hand, as an adult reading it, I definitely found the writing style geared for juvenile readers around the age of 10 13 which is who the book is marketed for On the other hand, I also continually wondered at the appeal to these same readers based on the way Shusterman presented his ideas on the afterlife of dead children Personally, I would have been disturbed at that age to read about dead children wandering around in another dimension and not being where they were supposed to be Even as an adult, I was creeped out by some of the visuals and ideas that this book forced me to explore regarding the afterlife Books on death for young adults aren t necessarily a bad thing at all, I m just on the fence as to whether Everlost is one of the better examples a kid in that age range could read.I think that I would have had less ambivalence about Everlost had it been written for an older juvenile reading audience and contained an older group of characters in the book.Little lost dead kids are justwrong, somehow. 3 3.5 starsSimilar to Neal Shusterman s other books, this one has a very unique and thought provoking concept Unfortunately, this one put me at a bit of a disadvantage as a reader due to my own personal reasons Not long after picking up Everlost, I had a moment of pure, terrible clarity in facing my biggest fear death It still terrifies the wits out of me to think about for too long, but after that I couldn t pick this up for several weeks So already partway into the book, I was battling with my own thoughts as I read It got distracting and I often had to set the book aside in favor of something that wouldn t leave me shaking.Several months later, I m proud to say I ve finished the book It turned out to be not as good as I d hoped, but not quite what I had expected either For that, it gets a middle ground rating I honestly don t know if it would have gotten a higher rating had I not had that episode early on By the end of the book things really picked up and we finally got some answers in this hazy, purgatory like world I ll probably finish the trilogy, but it s not a huge priority right now As it is, I m glad to be finishing 2015 with a read I m proud I got through. There s no easy way to tell new arrivals to Everlost that, technically, they are no longer aliveIf you like ghost stories and chocolate, you will love this book.First, I ll say that I love the cover It s simple, different and I just adore it Now, Everlost had me hooked from the first chapter It was an amazing attention getter Two children die in a car accident Yes And the story was just so intriguing and crazy The whole premise of this book is about children dying, and the world they get lost in the world between Earth and heaven hell, Everlost So, Nick and Allie are stuck in Everlost and just want to find a way home The book follows their trials and errors in trying to do so It was pretty easy reading, but the plot was intricate I just felt like it was slow in places and I think some action would have helped a lot This wasn t as thought provoking and gripping as Unwind but it does challenge a little 3.5 stars Everlost is a book that is written about the in between stage of life and death Not all souls leave the living world and head straight to heaven or hell Some get stuck in this world known as Everlost and these souls that are trapped here are known as Afterlights I found the book captivating in the beginning portions and the plot was magnificent I liked the excerpts that were written at the ends of each chapter It gave details on the Everlost world The Everlost world is a place that is jam packed with mystery and the depth of unknown is unimaginable Even those who claim to be experts in the world take refuge and hide out in their own safe haven avoiding the dangers that lurk in Everlost Everlost is filled with Monsters, Haunters, Finders and Gangs Everyone who is trapped in Everlost wander aimlessly in search of a purpose or safety The story follows the main characters Allie and Nick who are Greensouls new souls that have arrived in Everlost Being Greensouls, they re unaware of the dangers that lurk in Everlost They find another Afterlight named Lief and they seek out to find out about the new world that they re in This adventure leads them in meeting monsters, haunters, finders and also brings them to find true love The adventures in the book were rather thrilling at points but after a certain point it just got repetitive for me The same sinking to the centre of the earth ordeal, the same routines that they carried out and the whole pickle barrel torture thing was just I don t have any words for that Seriously, you re a ghost that is also skilled with some magic and you torture your victims by locking them up in a pickle barrel Ghosts can t feel pain and they can t die I was just confused by it.I was like WHAAAAAAAAAT I also wished for mature characters I could not relate to the main characters in any way as all the characters in this book were of ages 15 and below Why don t any adults make it to Everlost The whole love that bloomed in the book also was a little shrilling I just don t like it when my mind processes the thought of 14 year olds kissing I just feel a disgusted when I do that.Other than these few flaws, I found the book enjoyable and the creativity displayed in this book is brilliant Creating an entire new world and having it being written with such poise is truly outstanding Everlost is a scary place to end up in if you re unsure of any of the dangers that lurk I will definitely read up the following books in the skinjacker series as I am curious in reading their new adventures.
Award winning author Neal Shusterman grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he began writing at an early age After spending his junior and senior years of high school at the American School of Mexico City, Neal went on to UC Irvine, where he made his mark on the UCI swim team, and wrote a successful humor column Within a year of graduating, he had his first book deal, and was hired to write a
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