Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Nick and Allie don’t survive the car accident, but their souls don’t exactly get where they’re supposed to go 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 kids 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 souls, 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.
So I've always been a sucker for ghost stories, and I really enjoyed Neal Shusterman's version of 'limbo' for kids. In the world of Everlost, it's only full of kids because, well, kids aren't really sure of things yet so they can get knocked off course before they "get where they are going". This is a really creative ghost world ruled and managed by kids who are just trying to figure out how to survive their afterlife. There is a lot questioned about death and purpose in his books and it's fun to go along with the protagonists Nick and Allie. Allie is more impulsive and adventurous, questioning everything. Nick is a lot more reserved but ends up being a very courageous and right-minded sort of kid. This book is the first in a series, the Skinjacker trilogy. I really enjoyed this first one and have the second in my possession, so I'll let you know how the next books stack up.
4 out of 5