Everlost by Neal Shusterman - Review


Neal Shusterman
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A car crash kills Allie and Nick. 

Nine months later, they wake up to a nameless, freckled boy who tells them so. Naturally, they do not believe him, and Allie and Nick want to go home. They leave on their quest with knowledge of "Afterlights", a special and strange glowing power (after which they are named), a chewed up piece of gum, and a coin. But when Allie gets her friends in trouble, she would do anything to save them.


Everlost was, quite simply, an amazing book. 

It featured unique characters and didn't hesitate to show their flaws and strengths. My personal favorite was McGill, but maybe that's because I could see straight through him from the beginning. The characters all had this almost fantastical feel about them. Something that made them seem other-worldly, which of course, they are. Shusterman did a great job handling how the characters get used to their new situation. While they adapted rather quickly, neither Nick nor Allie seemed to lose their curiosities (except for Nick, but you'll have to read the book to find out why).

Important to note is that Everlost is seen with vibrancy from the Afterlights, and the living world is seen in an almost gray scale. I'm not sure why, but this detail struck a chord in me. This only helps further the praise I can give Shusterman about his setting descriptions. 

I was able to fully imagine myself within this book. The pirate ship came into full view and the forest was just as alive (or un-alive, if you will). Certain smells, I was able to imagine. While his details were finite, they didn't go overboard. They didn't feel like fluff to the novel.

There are scenes in it that mildly thought-provoking, but by no means is it a philosophical novel. It's fun to read. And at certain parts, was a total and complete page-turner.

For religious or personal reasons, however, it might not be someone cup of tea. It is a story about ghosts and talk of a 'god' really isn't present in the mix. So, there's something to think about.

Overall, the story was inciting. The only reason I was able to put the book down was because of exhaustion. It was descriptive and unique. The characters were like actual people. They felt and they made mistakes, some based on pride and others on infatuation. They had their flaws.  The story Shusterman created is intoxicating and morbid and beautiful.


Rating: 5/5