They find they are neither living nor spirit; they now exist in Everlost. Learning to cope with their new state of being, they arrive in New York City, where a band of lost children have taken up residence in the Twin Towers, which still stand tall in Everlost. Led by Mary, the Queen of Snot, threatened by the Great McGill and his pirate band, these children have come to accept that this is where they belong and will always be. But Nick and Allie know there must be something—somewhere—else, and they are determined to find out what and where that is.
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They want their lives back. Desperate for a way out, their search takes them deep into the uncharted regions of Everlost. But the longer they stay, the more they forget about their past lives. And with all memory of home fading fast and an unknown evil lurking in the shadows, Nick and Allie may never escape this strange, terrible world.
In this imaginative, supernatural thriller, Neal Shusterman explores questions of life, death, and what just might lie in between. Everlost was not at all what I was expecting. Instead it is an adventure of the highest calibre. They sleep for nine months and wake up confused, now in Everlost a limbo-like place for children only and are greeted by Lief, a lonely boy who has inhabited the dead forest for a long time.
They decide to embark on a trek to where they used to live and find out if their parents survived the crash. You see, as any Greensoul recently arrived in Everlost, they sort of still believe that they can revert their deaths.
This is a journey fraught with perils like Gravity Fatigue, where if you walk in places that are alive, you start to descend thought the earth down to its centre, so the first thing they need to learn is how to find a way to walk without losing themselves. Plus there are bullies like Johnny O.
As they go on, they realise that they are really death and there is no return. All that is left to them is to accept it and to learn the rules of the afterlife, beginning with lessons from Mary Hightower, one of the oldest inhabitants and responsible for a large group of kids who live in the ghostly Twin Towers of Manhattan. Mary knows a lot about Everlost , about the place itself and about the things that cross from the land of the living via either the dead spots or because they were so loved that they have an eternal presence in the world.
Nick, on the other hand, who is a more accommodating kid, is perfectly happy where he is , especially when he starts to fall in love with Mary. Until he too, realises he is falling into a routine and together they leave to find out more. This is when things get really interesting. Even though Nick and Allie start the book and their journey together, their paths in Everlost are not the same.
Each undertakes their own adventure and go through life-altering experiences. There are plenty of twists and turns and the plot expands over time and space within Everlost. The biggest surprise though was how imaginative this book turned out to be.
Everything about Everlost was so creative and interesting that I kept turning the pages to see what wonders the author would throw at me. It also helps that many a thing about Everlost is of a brand of ironic humour which I am most fond of. Like how important Chinese Fortune Cookies, A. Evil Chinese Pastry of Death, are and how they plan such an important role in the story. Or how each kid in Everlost remains as they were at the time of death. For example, when Nick died , he was eating a chocolate bar and he is to spend eternity with chocolate smudges all over his face.
He is not as unfortunate as the kid who died wearing a swimsuit though — Speedo is his name, by the way. There is high adventure, real danger, pain, loss, love, hope and all the way to its perfect, bittersweet ending, I totally, totally loved this book and had a great time reading it.
For once, I was extremely happy to find out it was only the first one in a trilogy and the next book, Everwild is out in a couple of months. This one , cracked me up:. Allie gasped at the sight of him. Allie quickly realised who it was. He simply had white makeup all over his face, with black around the eyes, and wore a cheap Halloween skeleton costume.
His Afterlight glow merely added to the overall effect. Everyone called them Skully annd Molder. Verdict: A great, imaginative adventure of the highest calibre with many unexpected turns. It is a great plot-driven novel without losing sight of its characters and their personal journeys in their brand of Afterlife.
Ana Grilo is a Brazilian who moved to the UK because of the weather. No, seriously. This sounds good! Gotta say I am loving both the covers. It did sound really good. Great review! I just finished the book yesterday! The best ever! Definitely awaiting the sequels! I read the book and it is fabulous, inspiring, and fun to read, that i am going to get all three books.
Love thiss book! You should read the other books of Everlost, its a trilogy and the next one is Everwild and then Everfound. I finished all three and their all nice. Very good book. I had to read it twice. Thats how good it was! I will go to the public library to get the sequel. Did not like the book at all. Nothing about it was interesting. It is required reading for an entire high school- poor choice-. I dont really like reading, but when i saw this book i picked it up on i coulnt put it down this was the best book ever!
I am not trying to be a downer, but it was very juvenile for my taste. Just putting that out there. If you lie very detailed, complicated books, do not read this one. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Review: Everlost was not at all what I was expecting.
Fantasy Ghosts Paranormal Young Adult. By Ana. KMont August 20, at am This sounds good! Everlost fan January 7, at pm i just finished this book alteast 5 mins ago and i loved it…it was axually my favorite book ive ever read.. Riley November 20, at pm i read this book and it was awesome!!! Stefani August 8, at pm I just finished the book yesterday! Anonymoous October 31, at pm I read the book and it is fabulous, inspiring, and fun to read, that i am going to get all three books.
Anonymous March 5, at am great book. Claudia December 28, at am You should read the other books of Everlost, its a trilogy and the next one is Everwild and then Everfound. Jane December 29, at am Did you finish the series? Everfound and Everwild. They are amazing. Anonymous January 25, at pm Very good book.
Jonathan December 14, at am I dont really like reading, but when i saw this book i picked it up on i coulnt put it down this was the best book ever! Follow booksmugglers on Instagram Instagram has returned invalid data.
Book Review: Everlost by Neal Shusterman
They want their lives back. Desperate for a way out, their search takes them deep into the uncharted regions of Everlost. But the longer they stay, the more they forget about their past lives. And with all memory of home fading fast and an unknown evil lurking in the shadows, Nick and Allie may never escape this strange, terrible world. In this imaginative, supernatural thriller, Neal Shusterman explores questions of life, death, and what just might lie in between. Everlost was not at all what I was expecting. Instead it is an adventure of the highest calibre.
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They want their lives back, and their search for a way home will take them deep into the uncharted areas of Everlost. But the longer they stay, the more they forget about their pasts. And if all memory of home is lost, they may never escape this strange, terrible world. Video Feature. Grade 8 Up-Nick and Allie are killed in an automobile accident and meet as they are heading down a tunnel toward the light. They land in Everlost, the space between the living and the end of the tunnel, and meet Lief, from whom they learn that Afterlights cannot walk where the living walk and that they cannot be seen or heard by the living. Even though they have been warned about the McGill, a dreaded, evil monster, they slowly make their way, eventually arriving in New York City.