As Mary Hightower slumbers in a glass coffin waiting to be reborn back into Everlost, her allies and henchmen begin to carry out her terrible mission. Mary’s army is joined by a newcomer: Jix, a spy for the Mayan King of Everlost. A furjacker who skinjacks great cats, Jix has his own agenda.
Meanwhile, Mikey McGill desperately tries to rescue Allie the Outcast. At his side is Nick the “Chocolate Ogre”, who has become pure chocolate and hardly remembers himself at all. Mikey encounters a creature that scares even the mighty McGill: a scar wraith, whose touch can extinguish an Afterlight forever. It becomes clear that the outcome will determine not just the fate of Everlost, but the fate of the living world as well.
Critically acclaimed author Neal Shusterman brings to a close the trilogy that Kirkus Reviews called “beautiful and imaginative” with this stunning final volume.
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Neal Shusterman is one of my favorite authors - but this third and final entry into the Skinjacker Trilogy is a quirky misstep. Shusterman takes a huge leap down the dark rabbit hole of sinister children's fiction. It feels too very sudden, too overwhelming. I felt the abundance of plot lines boxed me into choosing one character to truly invest in and treat the rest as tangents. The decidedly more sinister tone felt like sandpaper at first.
However, Nick Podehl's performance made the book very enjoyable for me and recaptured a lot of the tone of the first book (which I read and didn't listen to). If you enjoyed the first two, there's no reason to skip this one, but it is definitely darker than its predecessors.
Everfound is the final book in Neal Shusterman's fantastic Skinjacker series. The setting, as in the previous books, is Everlost, where the souls of children who didn't make it into the light after death abide until they're ready to move on, Once the leader of many of the children, Mary Hightower believes she is "saving" the children by preventing them from moving on. As the story opens, she hibernates after her second death in the living world.
Her diabolical plans, not only for living children, but the entire living world, are ready to be executed by her enthralled minions. Her enemy Allie is in their clutches. Mary's brother Mikey and her erstwhile love Nick are on a mission to rescue Allie, but are captured by a "scar wraith" who can extinguish their existence with a single touch. Jix, a "furjacker" who can inhabit the bodies of animals, adds his own agenda to the mix.
And that's just the beginning of this remarkably inventive and thrilling adventure. It simply took my breath away. The ending is bittersweet but highly satisfying. Nick Podehl does an outstanding job with the voice characterizations. Don't pass this series over if you're not a kid--these books are great for everyone from pre-teen and up!
Yes, I read everlost in print form, and listened to everwild and everfound (part 2 and 3) on audio.The narrarated book was well read.
The story kept me interested and wondering what would happen next
allowes the book to come to life because he makes the characters real.
Huntress of Dirty Socks
I couldn't stop listening! Shusterman can set up and play a scene so perfectly that I can listen to it over and over again and find something new each time I hear it. This is a top-notch story that ties up all the loose ends in the trilogy in a way that is very satisfying. I adored the new characters, especially Jix and his king. Mikey's relationship with Allie was sweet, funny and romantic. Milos turns into a tragic character. Mary's character continues to descend into something truly frightening, capable of some truly godawful acts. Jill redeems herself... barely, but enough that I was rooting for her. How does Shusterman do this? How does he take someone you should hate, and make you feel sorry for them? Or happy for them? Or merely understand them despite their bad behavior? Mr. Shusterman, I am in awe.
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