My rating: 5 of 5 stars
My binge-reading of Neal Shusterman began with Scythe, then Challenger Deep, and then I read Everlost. Scythe was a dark, violent, dystopian-ish story and Challenger Deep was an intense novel about the mind. Everlost reads more like a faerie-tale, and I curled up inside of it happily.
The premise of Everlost is that not every child makes it to the light at the end of the tunnel when they die. Some get lost along the way. When they do, they enter a world called Everlost in which they can only interact with people, places, and objects that have passed into death.
In Everlost, there are only children. No one needs to eat or sleep or breathe. However, the children who reside there cannot stay put anywhere that is still part of the living world or they will slowly sink and become swallowed up by the Earth. They have to find dead places- like forests that perished, or sites of great tragedy.
The story begins with a double car crash- killing our main characters, Allie and Nick, and landing them in Everlost. Trying to figure out this new world they are in proves challenging and perilous. Memory of the living world begins to fade. The two lost children depend on the guidance of other "afterlights" to navigate their surroundings.
There are thousands of lost souls in Everlost- and not all of them have good intentions. Allie and Nick will have to fight against what is comfortable and self-serving in order to do what is right.
Book 1 of a Trilogy. Recommended for ages 11+
Review by Mrs. Sanborn
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