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.
©2009 Neal Shusterman; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
It made me a bit uneasy to read about children who lost their way between life and death. But the storyline was well thought out and talently written. I liked how some things crossed over like birthday cakes and the twin towers. There was a fortune cookie twist that was also a fun idea. I think the thing I liked most -- and what I was most worried about -- was that the ending was good. It was clean and satisfying. I already knew there were sequels to this book, so I was concerned that Shusterman would leave these kids wandering in the in-between forever. But he cleaned it up real well and I will probably give the sequel a try as well.
I must say that when I first read the synopsis for Everlost I wasn't sure it would be in my literary wheelhouse. All this talk of "bands of lost children" brought visions of children's literature à J.M. Barry. Turns out, it is much deeper and multi-layered than I could ever have guessed.
My nieces and nephews have me on a YA fiction reading marathon and I loved Shusterman's "Unwind" books so much that I wanted to try out some more of his works. I found "Everlost" to be a creative take on the afterlife theme with the various factions of rogues (both obvious and clandestine) and heroes vying for control of the hearts and minds of its departed minors.
I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series and recommend it to any YA fan.
Neal Shusterman succeeds again! Everlost is wonderful. I stayed up all night first reading the book, then listening to it. Nick Podehl reads the story well, and sounds just like I would have imagined the characters. Each character has a distinct voice, but they never sound stupid or annoying to listen to.
This is such a unique story, and I would recommend it to anyone. Although I'm fifteen, I would recommend it to anyone from 11 to 17. Shusterman wrote this so well that it can be enjoyed by any audience. :) Happy listening!
Short, Simple, No Spoilers
Good book for tweeners with interesting take on the afterlife. Ally and Nick must come to terms with their deaths as they traverse the unusual landscape, navigating strange people and learning the rules through trial and error.
This is the first of a trilogy (isn't everything) and as an adult, I'm not interested in moving on, although I enjoyed this one. May be a better choice to read as the narrators were a tad irritating. I only picked this one because my daughter has to read it for school. Overall, a nice choice for kids.
After being thoroughly impressed by "Unwind", I decided to give this trilogy a try. I was a little bored with this first novel, however. And although I know Shusterman writes for young adults, the majority of this novel's story struck me as sophomoric in nature -- nature, not style. The narration, on the other hand, is unbelievable! Each character -- and there are MANY repeating, influential characters -- has their own distinct voice, most that are intrinsic to the way that they died, their time period, and even the current condition of their soul. Shusterman lays a good groundwork on the rules of afterlife, but this book doesn't have the edge that "Everwild" or "Everfound" does, where the characters become more developed, cunning, and even ruthless. As the startup novel, it's a little slow at times but has its moments, and definitely picks up towards the end.
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
This story is about a boy and girl who are in a car crash and find themselves as ghosts in a sort of limbo world. They children must come to terms with their new ghostly lives and figure out how to interact in this new world where the laws of physics are a little off. This story is mostly told from the perspective of the girl. There are only children ghosts in this universe because adults obviously know where they are going after death. This book is appropriate for children and young adults. As someone who doesn't read many ghost stories I found the ideas fresh enough. However, I found some of the characters are a little too thick headed.
I am really enjoying this series. The characters are great and the narration is wonderful. I can't stop listening and just downloaded the 3rd in the series. Well worth your time and credits!
It took me awhile to get into this story, it seemed like there were too many characters and I didn't know where they were going. But once I caught on, I enjoyed the story and particularly liked the main characters. I will look for other books by Neal Shusterman. Nick Podehl did a great job of narrating this book.
Huntress of Dirty Socks
I see a pattern in Neal Shusterman's books: he sets things up slowly and steadily, the first part of his books always kind of meandering along as Shusterman adds layer after layer after layer, until you've reached the end where he's created a richly illustrated world in which every little action holds great meaning. Everlost follows this pattern and provides a gratifying ending. Better yet, Everlost in itself is just the beginning of a wonderful trilogy, and Shusterman has just set you up for a wonderful ride that will continue in two more volumes. He has become one of my favorite authors, based on this trilogy and "Unwound". I recommend this for kids and adults, especially for road trips as it will keep you entertained until you "get where you're going."
Listened to this because my son was reading it. I got sucked in and enjoyed the story/narration very much!
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