Everwild Paperback – Nov 2 2010
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"Thought-provoking and scary, invoking elements from history and mythology, the novel ends with a shocking event that will leave its fans wanting the next volume immediately."--Horn Book Magazine
"Shusterman creates a solid, entertaining sequel to Everlost. In fact, it might even be better...The broad scope of this installment creates wonderful tension and excitement as readers flip the pages to find out what will happen next. Secondary readers of fantasy will eat up this sequel."--VOYA --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Neal Shusterman is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty award-winning books for children, teens, and adults, including The Unwind dystology, The Skinjacker trilogy, Downsiders, and Challenger Deep, which won the National Book Award. He also writes screenplays for motion pictures and television shows. The father of four children, Neal lives in California. Visit him at Storyman.com and Facebook.com/NealShusterman.
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EVERWILD continues the story of Allie and Nick, but their stories diverge as they pursue separate goals; Allie sets off with Mikey to find her parents in hopes that she might put her spirit to rest, while Nick finds himself against Mary Hightower in a race to find and use the lost children of, well, Everlost, for their own plans. Along the way, we are introduced to several new and unique characters that make the book that much more awesome.
Honestly, I don't think I could possibly give EVERWILD a summary worthy of its content. The summary above is only the beginning of a long and thrilling adventure. Shusterman wowed me beyond belief with his unending talent and beautiful writing, and it's clear that he pays meticulous attention to every aspect of the story. EVERWILD is a very layered book and each subplot is as interesting as the next. There are no dull moments, and I was very pulled into the story and experienced suspense and excitement and nervousness and thrills right alongside the characters. Shusterman manages to pack adventure, action, suspense, and comedy into one superb novel.
In EVERWILD, Shusterman delves deeper into the personalities of the main characters, whom are mainly Allie, Nick, and Mary. Allie and Nick are clearly protagonists, and very interesting ones at that, but I loved how Shusterman had a character like Mary, whom you couldn't be sure was truly evil or not and seemed insane yet sane, twisted yet not... The new characters were a delight; some were endearing well others gave off a rather sinister vibe.
There is only one complaint I had with EVERWILD: it had to end. I was so enthralled with everything that was happening that I was devastated when it ended. On a very cliffhanger-ish scene. But at the same time that's wonderful because it means that there is going to be more to this wonder-filled series!
A definite favourite for me and a book I'm going to recommend to everyone I know!
Where Everlost left off, Everwild picks up and the transition is smooth. Mary Hightower, the sky witch, is on a mission to collect as many afterlights as possible , to make an army against the Chocolate Ogre, formally known as Nick. She doesnt like him giving her kids their coins so that they pass into the light, into heaven. She wants all the childrens souls for herself and she will stop at nothing to make sure that happens. Nick, who is now on a train with Johnnie-O and Choo-Choo Charlie the train conductor, has a bucket of coins and it has no bottom to it. He wants all the afterlights to be able to move on, when they want too and not be trapped under Mary. Problem is, he still loves her, problem is she still loves him. Nick must hunt down a legend in Everlost, an afterlight called "Zach the Ripper" who rumor has it, can rip your heart right out of your body. Meanwhile Allie (the outcast) is on her own mission, with Mikey McGill ,THE McGill. She wants to go home and see her parents, something afterlights NEVER try. But Allie can Skinjack, and when she meets up with other skinjackers? She gets even stronger in her skills, but Mikey is now the outcast, and he is growing his old skin back....the monster is still under the surface.
A war is brewing and many afterlights will find out just how strong they are, what new skills they can manifest and how strong the ties of love really are. Neal Shusterman has taken the "ghost" story and turned into into an adventure of mythic proportions. I was glued to this book, sobbing at points and giggling at others. I wont give the meat of this novel away, its too good to spoil for the rest of the world. Let me just say that it had my jaw dropping at the end.
It will get under your skin thats for sure! I cannot WAIT for the next installment.
This book was a fantastic read that was very difficult to put down. Shusterman's writing styles and concepts remind me very much of Garth Nix and the Sabriel trilogy, which are some of my favorite books of all time. The characters are very believable and real, but most importantly is the fluidity of the language - it is absolutely beautiful to read. The author definitely has a gift with words. Someone else could take the same story but use a different writing style, and it would not keep me nearly as captivated as Shusterman's. He really is a master storyteller.
If you have enjoyed any of Neal Shusterman's other works, you will definitely enjoy Everwild. Also recommended for fans of Garth Nix and fans of a bit darker fantasy.
"Great tragedies have great consequences. They ripple through the fabric of this world and the next. When the loss is too great for either world to bear, Everlost absorbs the shock, like a cushion between the two."
I enjoyed Everlost but Everwild drew me into this world and these characters to a point that I couldn't wait to see where the story could possibly go. Neal Shusterman has a way of showing the villain in a light where they don't know they are the villain. Mary has no idea what she is doing is wrong, she is so caught up in her agenda she fully believes in it and is willing to make extraordinary harsh concessions to get what she wants. While some of the bad people in the book know they are bad and try to be a monster, others believe in their fanatical causes so much that they are far scarier.
Again we get to see the world through Nick, Allie, Mikey and Mary's points of view mostly. This allows more world building and understanding of Everlost without info dumping. I really enjoy the style of writing that Shusterman has employed with the small excerpts from books written now by both Mary Hightower and Allie the Outcast. This is a great way to give the reader some insight without seeming like an info dump.
There is always something going on and action throughout. New characters with new abilities give added dimension to the Everlost world. Nick picks up a few new friends along the way as the Chocolate Ogre. Allie learns some lessons the hard way as friendships are made and broken. The relationship between she and Mikey is one of my favorites she is the tether that holds him to who he is.
The ending was a cliffhanger so if you are like me be ready to jump into the final book the trilogy right away to see how all your favorite characters make it through. Not everyone can win and it seems that the real world is starting to feel some of the consequences of what is happening in the Everlost. Shusterman has my attention and I can't wait to see how the story closes out.
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