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Everlost von Neal   Shusterman
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Everlost (Original 2006; 2006. Auflage)

von Neal   Shusterman

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When Nick and Allie are killed in a car crash, they end up in Everlost, or limbo for lost souls, where although Nick is satisfied, Allie will stop at nothing--even skinjacking--to break free.
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Titel:Everlost
Autoren:Neal   Shusterman
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Everlost von Neal Shusterman (2006)

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I almost didn't read this. When I first picked it up, I struggled a lot with the writing style, because I was expecting it to be YA due to the book design. Once I realised it was actually more a MG book, I was able to get used to the writing and focus on the plot and the universe.

It's the latter that really makes Everlost for me. It's such a clever universe, which is very well fleshed-out. The plot is nice and adventurey, which is a nice change from all the paranormal romances I've been reading begrudgingly of late. I also liked both Nick and Allie as protagonists. Mary and the McGill were both good characters as well.

I shall definitely pick up the second book if I spot it in my travels. ( )
  Tara_Calaby | Jun 22, 2020 |
Addicting, creative, fascinating tale that weaves something that could have been either cliched or overly creepy into something brilliant and original.

Allie and Nick are dead, killed instantly in a car crash that involved their respective family's cars. According to the laws of the universe, they should have crossed over. But the thing is, not all children cross over. Some trip, stumble, or resist the journey into the light...and end up in Everlost, just like Allie and Nick have.

Everlost is a between-place, and Shusterman throws it wide open in amazing, utterly commendable style. Rarely does an author have the talent to make a world their own so fully, as well as flesh the characters that inhabit it. There are rules to be followed, monsters to be feared, leaders to be looked to. It is a full and fascinating world in its own right.

Allie and Nick are different from most Afterlights; they're not content simply to wander eternally, forgetting their lives and falling into ruts of endless patience. They want answers, they want life, and they refuse to take no for an answer.

But their quest will take them into the heart of New York and up and down the East Coast as they become enmeshed among Everlost's most well-known characters; Mary Hightower, who zealously protects the Afterlight children who come under her care; the Alter Boys, a rough and tumble gang who only respect might; the Haunter, who knows all kinds of tricks for interacting with the living; and the McGill, the horrific monster whose very name terrifies everyone who hears it. And the further the two go, the more they realize what powers they possess, and how they fit into the grand scheme of Everlost.

Weaving all these and more together, and exploring their relationships, their motivations and personalities, and in the end their destinies, Shusterman has truly made a stunning beginning novel to this trilogy. None of Everlost's components are heavy-handed or ridiculous. Any religious or scientific quarrels are neatly circumvented, as reaching the afterlife beyond Everlost is simply referred to as "getting where you're going." Real world places, things, and events are cleverly and tastefully referenced, often in unexpected and amusing ways (I especially found the significance of the Twin Towers to be creative and well-handled, and keep an eye out for a hilarious Amityville Horror reference.)

All in all, I can't wait to return to Everlost in the sequel. ( )
  booksong | Mar 18, 2020 |
can't wait to read the next one!
  EBassett | Mar 20, 2019 |
When Nick and Allie are killed in a car crash, they end up in Everlost, or limbo for lost souls, where although Nick is satisfied, Allie will stop at nothing--even skinjacking--to break free. Summary provided by NoveList Plus.
  SamanthaSlonina | Mar 8, 2019 |
I think it is a more of a 3.5 star book for me.

I shall have to divide this review into categories, because I can't see any clear way in which to review this book as a whole.

First, the premise: Two kids die in an accident, but instead of getting to heaven (or hell) they are stuck in a limbo place, called Everlost, where they seem to be stuck spending the rest of their existence.
The concept intrigued me from the get-go. Kids coping with death in a magical place.... Sounds interesting, and the thing is, the execution was great. I was a bit apprehensive during the first few pages; the beginning struck me as bizarre and disjoined, but once I started going, I couldn't stop. The setting was unique, the rules comprising it intriguing, and the way the plot moved forward kept me wishing to know what exactly was going to happen next. I can't say that it kept me on my toes, but it was definitely not boring.
So, as far as plot goes, I felt this book hit the mark pretty straight on.

Now for the less favorable things:

The writing style. I did not feel anything for it, really. It was just there, not beautiful or unique or anything, but that was okay. The thing that really bothered me was how un-subtle it was. It felt a bit juvenile at times, and at others simply stated the facts, throwing them in the reader's face. To say the least, I did not much care for that.

And as for the most atrocious thing about this book, that which prevented me from giving it more than 4 stars: The characters.
Oh my god, I hated - hated! - Mary Hightower. She was the most annoying, patronizing, goodie-goodie flat character in existence. And the romance she shared with Nick was a joke. It was the worst case of insta-love I have encountered in a long time. So disgusting, undeveloped, unbelievable. And it also kind of made me dislike Nick; it felt like there was no depth to him, eventhough I was kinda prepared to like him. I will admit, though, that I sorta liked the twist on their relationship toward the end....

Thankfully, there was also Allie, whom I liked the most out of the entire cast of characters. And her - maybe - budding relationship with **** was interesting, and still has potential, so here's me crossing my fingers, but I'm not expecting too much. The thing about Neal Shusterman's characterization, like in his writing, is that he's not subtle at all, he just comes out and says it, and the reader is left to buy into or not. Not the best method, and it kind of subtracted a lot from what sadly could have been a very entertaining read... ( )
  UDT | May 1, 2018 |
Book was great!!! I loved it!!! Skin jacking and all the other things in the book literally had me holding my breath. Suprising ending had me "woWed"! But, like stated before, it isnt as political as unwind. This book is soooooo worth reading!!!!!
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