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Everlost by Neal Shusterman
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Two cars collide and Nick and Allie don't survive. As they are moving toward the light their bodies collide sending them in to Everlost, somewhere between Earth and... The book is very thought provoking. Shusterman added some pretty intricate details as you learn about the dead spots, objects that cross over such as the Twin Towers which is where Mary house her gangs of children. Then there are the fortune cookies. That part was a bit amusing at times. The items that cross over are some times very ancient such as the old type writer that Allie uses to type the fortunes for the cookies. And as with all good trilogies, The first Skinjacker book, Everlost, leads you right into the next one.
Shusterman is becoming one of my favorite authors.
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  jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
One of my favorite books of all time. This is one of the first Neal Shusterman books I ever read, and thus has a special place in my heart. And yet it's taken me years to come back and revisit it (and I never even finished the series because it was a single novel when I first read it).

I really like how none of the characters are exactly likeable. I would say Nick is the only character I really actually like, and maybe the McGill a little just because I like heroic villains. But Allie's a know-it-all meanie pants, Lief is an annoying little twit, and Mary is a manipulative sky witch.

It's also great how you slowly learn more and more about Everlost. You learn along with Allie and Nick, and even then you're not entirely sure what's true and what's not.

Lastly, there's some pleasant retelling aspects that may or may not have been intentional. There's Peter Pan, with Allie even calling herself Wendy, not to mention Everland vs. Everlost. I suppose you could even consider Mary to be Peter Pan, what with her dressed in green and determined to keep everyone exactly as they are in Everlost. And then of course there's some Beauty and the Beast action with the McGill and Allie.

Overall I just love this book. Can't wait to finally finish the Skinjacker series. ( )
  BrynDahlquis | Jul 13, 2016 |
A very good read. ( )
  bouldermimi | Jan 13, 2016 |
Nick and Allie are, separately, on their way somewhere with their families when there's an accident. Suddenly they find themselves falling through a tunnel towards a bright light. Only they trip over each other and never quite make it to that light.

Instead, they end up in Everlost. Everlost, the desaturated world that's not living but not quite finished/all the way to dead either is a place of all new rules, people and ideas. If you don't do things right you could disappear into nothingness....or you could get caught up by the Everlost monster, the McGill--or something even worse as Allie and Nick find out later.

When they first land in Everlost they're in a forest with Lief a boy who died years and years ago. The only reason they can stay in the forest and touch everything is because the forest is dead as well and has past into Everlost, too--as certain very loved things do. But Allie wants to go home-even if it's against the rules-and soon they set out on an adventure like they've never experienced before.

Like a lot of my reviews' summaries I'm leaving out a good bit of the book (but only because I think that you don't need to know stuff that doesn't even hint at happening until 1/5 of the way in...and beyond. But if you're not as picky as me about spoliers: Amazon summary).

I read Everlost because I enjoyed Unwind so much and wanted to see what else Neal Shusterman had to offer. This book isn't as thought provoking as Unwind but that's most likely a given due to the subject matter of the two books. There is more to it than most sci-fi-ish books because it deals with kids (only kids/young teens enter Everlost) and death and what happens with different ones and how they deal with it.

In regards to the characters, I thought there were a lot of similarities between Nick, Allie and Lief and Connor, Risa, and Lev (even, kind of, look at the names?). It wasn't that they were carbon copies of each other, I just saw something in them that reminded me of the characters from Unwind. It was most true with Lief & Lev, probably.

I really liked the different elements of history that were pulled into the book and which items crossed into Everlost. That and that Everlost was as well developed as it was--both the world and the book. It wasn't just a not-exactly-purgatory with muted colors for children and tweens; it was truly well thought out and a world of its own that existed within the actual world and yet outside of it at the same time.

There's going to be a sequel to this book and I think that's great because I think there's a lot more to explore with both the characters and the subject-though I do think this book was resolved nicely, too.
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  BookSpot | May 18, 2015 |
I have read other books by Neal Shusterman before and I noticed a big difference in his writing style in this book. At least, it seemed that way to me. While I believe that this book is categorized as a young adult book, it read like a middle grade book. Despite that, I still enjoyed it quite a bit. It was a fast read, and that probably had a lot to do with the simplicity in the writing. The story in and of itself was very original in my opinion. I don’t think that I have ever read anything quite like this before.

This story is about a girl named Allie and a boy named Nick who are unfortunately in a car accident that takes both of their lives. They end up in a type of “limbo” known as Everlost. We follow both of these characters on their journeys: Allie’s, to find her family. Nick’s journey takes an interesting turn that I will not mention due to spoilers. I found both of these characters to be very heartwarming and I grew to absolutely love them throughout the book. Other characters that were introduced in the book, especially Lief, became some of my favorite characters because of their amazing uniqueness.

I think that this book is intended for a much younger audience, but I still found it be a very enjoyable, fast paced read. If you like middle grade books, no matter your age, I highly recommend this book. I do plan to continue on with the trilogy so that I can follow the stories of the characters that I grew to love so much in this book. ( )
  Wonderland_Books | May 2, 2015 |
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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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For my aunt, Mildred Altman, who taught me a love of boooks and reading.
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On a hairpin turn, above the dead forest, on no day in particular, a white Toyota crashed into a black Mercedes, for a moment blending into a blur of gray.
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Nick and Allie don't survive the crash, and now their souls are stuck halfway between life and death in a sort of limbo called Everlost. It's a magical yet dangerous place, where bands of lost souls run wild and anyone who stands in the same spot too long sinks to the center of the Earth.

Frightened and determined, Nick and Allie aren't ready to rest in peace just yet. They want their lives back, and their search for a way home will take them deep into the uncharted areas of Everlost. But the longer they stay, the more they forget about their pasts. And if all memory of home is lost, they may never escape this strange, terrible world.

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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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