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Everlost, the limbo land of dead children, is at war. Nick the “Chocolate Ogre” wants to help the children of Everlost reach the light at the end of the tunnel. Mary Hightower, self-proclaimed queen of lost children and dangerous fanatic, is determined to keep Everlost’s children trapped within its limbo for all eternity. Traveling in the memory of the Hindenburg, Mary isEverlost, the limbo land of dead children, is at war. Nick the “Chocolate Ogre” wants to help the children of Everlost reach the light at the end of the tunnel. Mary Hightower, self-proclaimed queen of lost children and dangerous fanatic, is determined to keep Everlost’s children trapped within its limbo for all eternity. Traveling in the memory of the Hindenburg, Mary is spreading her propaganda and attracting Afterlights to her cause at a frightening speed.Meanwhile, Allie the Outcast travels home to seek out her parents, along with Mikey, who was once the terrifying monster the McGill. Allie is tempted by the seductive thrill of skinjacking the living, until she discovers the shocking truth about skinjackers....

Title : Everwild
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ISBN : 9781416958635
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 432 Pages
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Everwild Reviews

  • Will M.
    2018-11-19 00:48

    Not all books suffer the dreaded second book curse. Most of the time, especially in YA series/trilogies, the second book will always be the most dreaded one. Shusterman managed to create a terrific novel. A great successor to Everlost.The novel continues with three different voices. We have Mary, Allie, and Nick. Naturally we tend to have favorites when it comes to novels with different voices, and I also have my own in this novel. I liked Allie's adventure more because I'm really interested with her ability to skinjack. It's great that the author expounds on her ability in this novel, and I learned a lot more about it. The author didn't disappoint with the plot and character development. The only thing that bothered me was the fact that this novel is 100+ pages longer, and there are some dull moments here and there. Forgivable flaws, but the next novel is 200+ pages longer than the first. Hopefully it's a substantial 200+ pages.4.5/5 stars. I gave this the same rating as the first novel, but honestly I liked this one a lot better. It's still not worthy of a 5-star rating, but it's getting there. Hopefully the last novel in the trilogy would be just as good as this, if not better.

  • Brigid ✩ Cool Ninja Sharpshooter ✩
    2018-11-30 07:03

    Ohhh my gosh. I don't even know where to begin! Neal Shusterman is basically an amazing genius. I'm surprised he's not more famous. I've seen more people reading Unwind recently, which is good. I hope more people keep reading his books, because they are AWESOME! Unwind is definitely his best, and I don't know if he can ever write anything as shocking and powerful, but Everwild is the closest he's gotten so far.But before I get to my review of Everwild specifically, I just want to point out the reasons why I love Neal Shusterman in general. First of all, his stories are original. He's one of those authors who takes risks, who doesn't fall back on typical plots. It's not like the whole ghost-person-world thing hasn't been done before, but he has done something truly spectacular with the idea. The worlds he creates – such as the ones in the Skinjacker books, and also in his other books like Unwind and Downsiders – are thought out extremely well, with lots of intricate details that really blow my mind and make his stories so memorable.Which brings me to my second point: He really knows how to execute a plot. I read so many books where I'm like, "This idea is so cool, I just wish the author had done more with it." This is not the case with Shusterman. Not only does he use a plot to its full potential, but he just goes above and beyond. He never fails to exceed my expectations. Whenever I think the story is getting good, it just gets even better. Like I said, there are so many details in his books that really stick in my mind. He has perfect pace and unexpected plot twists – the kind of story that not only keeps me guessing and glued to the page as much as possible, but the kind of story that keeps me thinking about it and squirming in agony if I can't pick up the book and keep reading (like if I'm, say, in the middle of math class).Thirdly, his characters are totally awesome. What I especially appreciate about him is that he has the ability to take on a TON of characters in one story, and yet manage to make each of them unique and interesting – even the most minor of characters. Every one of them has individual traits, and a clear personality, and strong motivations/objectives. I can honestly say that I like all the characters, even if it's in a "wow you are so evil that I love you" kind of way. And even then … his characters are very believable in that none of them are truly "evil" because they all think they're doing the right thing. I also love Shusterman's writing style. I skim most books, but he's one of those authors who makes me hang on every word, and sometimes even re-read parts because they are just so amazingly written. He has that ability to make his writing flow so well, even though it's concise and easy to understand. He doesn't need fancy wording, yet his word choice is perfect and always clearly gets the message across. This is the kind of writing I aspire to write someday. :]Now. As for the book itself …AAAAAHHHHH!!! Okay. Well, I must start off by saying that it was better than Everlost. It wasn't that I didn't have high expectations – I always expect the best from Neal Shusterman. But in general, sequels tend to be worse than the first book. I didn't even know there was going to be a sequel to Everlost, so when I found out about Everwild I was both excited and nervous. I thought Neal Shusterman had already done a lot with the plot in the first book. He might have even exhausted it, and would possibly just keep dragging it out. But he did no such thing. Everwild was amazing in so many ways – starting with how much more Shusterman added to the plot and kept it getting more and more shocking. There were so many plot twists that just made me grin evilly or made my brain scream "OHMIFREAKINGGOD! NO WAY!" I love any book that can do that. And lastly, I just have to say how much I love the character relationships/romances. It's never the typical "boy and girl like each other, la di da" story. There's something very complex, intriguing, and realistic in the relationships between characters. They're not at all shallow and corny. In fact, they're so moving that it seriously brings me to tears. Like, Allie and Mikey … AWWW THEY ARE THE MOST FREAKING ADORABLE THING! <3 And I also love the relationship between Nick and Mary; it's so very complicated and twisted and gaaaahh … I have no words to express.In short, Neal Shusterman rocks my socks, Everwild is my favorite book of the year so far, and I can not wait for the third Skinjacker book. In fact, I might explode waiting for it to come out. ;)

  • Amy
    2018-11-20 07:05

    The second of a planned trilogy, EVERWILD picks up a unspecified (but probably short) time after Everlost ends. And wow...I thought EVERLOST was good, but EVERLOST blows it out of the water in every way, shape, and form possible... A sequel that was better than the first!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!

  • Thomas
    2018-11-24 06:52

    This book is now my favorite book. Ever. I think I need a good night's sleep before I can begin to describe it.Okay, now I think I’m ready for this.Everwild is the most phenomenal book I have ever read. Shusterman has successfully combined the most original plot, the highest level of writing, and the greatest characters into one terrific story. If your opinion of a book is easily swayed by others' opinions or reviews, I would stop reading this review right now. Pick up a copy of Everlost, the first book in the Skinjacker series, instead. If you’ve already read Everlost, then find a copy of Everwild IMMEDIATELY.Moving on… I don’t think I can express how much I loved Everwild in mere words. But I’ll try.I don’t think I can count of my fingers how many times I’ve said an author has a “gift” for writing. Well, if other authors have a gift for writing, then Neal Shusterman was born to write. He just possesses raw talent and an amazing imagination. In terms of character development, plot, and writing (which basically covers all the components of a book) I don’t think I can name an author that can craft a story better than Shusterman.His characters are truly flawless. Not flawless, as in having no flaws, but flawless as in their depth and description. Each of his characters is fleshed out to their maximum potency and it doesn’t even stop there. They have all the things that make human beings, Human Beings. Desire, Guilt, and Love - just to name a few. Nick, Mikey, Allie, and even Mary will pull you into their motivations and unobstructed ideals. What is even more amazing about Shusterman’s characters is that absolutely none of them share any resemblances with the common stereotypes, like the Mary Sue or the Unreasonably Evil Antagonist. They are just so well thought out and I have come to love each of them.Shusterman weaves magnificent writing and addictive plot together in Everwild. The writing was pure gold. I clung to every single word, and wanted to tear the book apart to know what was going to happen next. There wasn’t a lot of advanced vocabulary that I had to go look up in the dictionary, but the way Shusterman writes is perfection already – he writes concisely, beautifully, and passionately enough to convey his message or the character’s emotions so strongly it’s just mind-blowing. I can name numerous pages that made me want to cry just because of how much I loved the writing: 259-265, 172-176, THE LAST PAGE, etc.And finally, the plot. A lot of times when I read this book I would just stop and think,” This is SO brilliant. Where does he get all his ideas from?” I think Shusterman has a limitless imagination that extends beyond the realms of human thought, because each of his books are so individual and powerful in their story. There was NOTHING in Everwild that pertained to the usual young adult fare. There was no sex, no cursing, no vampires, no abusive parents, no drugs, etc. It was all pure fantasy, and fantasy at its’ best. I literally could not put the book down after I read maybe the first chapter. Everything in the story flowed so well – all the foreshadowing and the reveals were perfectly placed and executed with gusto. I can see just how many things could have gone wrong if the Skinjacker trilogy was placed in the hands of another author.So. This is really the type of book that makes me want to be a writer when I grow up. :)

  • Lynn
    2018-12-16 06:44

    You can tell that Neal Shusterman studied psychology in college. He does such a good job with his characters, diving into ethics and the morality of kids at different ages/stages. He doesn't write stereotypical, cliched or 2-D "bad" guys. He makes them human and often shows you how they went down the roads they do. He also dives into the "good" guys and shows us their mistakes too, making sure things are never black and white. He can turn a situation on a dime, surprising both his readers and I think his characters too.In this book he tackles, amongst other things, zealotry and some of the ways a person who used to be "good" might go down that road. The stakes are higher in this book and the tension is cranked. There are just as many surprises as in the first book. I was tense reading it, dreading where it was going but knowing it would be an interesting ride. I know that this will probably be my experience with the next book because of the way this one leaves off.I keep putting quotes around the terms good and bad because Neal Shusterman is really good at making these kinds of things grey or not so perfectly clear. While we root for and against certain characters and situations no one tends to be very static with only making good or bad choices. This is a book I definitely hope my kids will read as there is so much to discuss. Neal Shusterman is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors!

  • Sigurweissen
    2018-12-02 00:04

    Let me firstly say that I do not like how Nick has turned out since the end of “Everlost”. Secondly, I still firmly believe that Mary is a witch, and I really hope that instead of coming to Everlost once again she actually goes down the tunnel.Lastly, I was entirely far too angry that Zinnia is not part of Everlost anymore. In “Everlost” I grew very fond of Lief. In “Everwild” I grew very fond of Zinnia. Both times the characters have been put out. It’s beginning to get annoying.Because I dislike Mary so much, I went so far as to skip the entirety of Part 3 because it only deals with her. That’s the downside to this book – you can skip it/scan it and still know what is happening for the rest of the book. I was more than a little deflated when I realized that.Although it pales when compared to its prequel, “Everwild” is still a damn good book. Even more so if you don’t so adversely despise some of the characters. In fact, I am now firmly rooted in the belief that if I suddenly forget what I was about to say, a skinjacker briefly body-surfed through me.People look at me strange for that. It’s all good.

  • Tammie
    2018-12-06 03:06

    This series is very inventive! I thought Everwild was even better than Everlost. Neil Shusterman has created a world that is full of wonder and disturbing events, sprinkled with just the right amount of humor. It's written in such a sweet, innocent way, that the disturbing things some of the characters do seem to creep up on you, and are all the more shocking because of it. I can’t wait to read the next book.

  • Sarri
    2018-11-28 23:46

    Tämä trilogia vie minulta yöunet, kun en malta laskea näitä käsistäni. Everwild oli jopa vielä parempi kuin Everlost, vaikka oli huomattavasti synkempi. Edelleenkään kirjassa ei juuri ole väkivaltaa, vaikka pelottavan uhka on koko ajan läsnä ja juoni on kynsiäpureskeltavan jännittävä. Näissä kirjoissa kuvataan elämää kuoleman jälkeen, sitä kuinka jotkut kuolleet palaavat kukin tavallaan elävien joukkoon ja sitä, kuinka Everlostin lapset pärjäävät, kukin tavallaan, elämän ja kuoleman välimaastossa. Everlost on muokannut kirjan päähenkilöistä entistä mielenkiintoisempia, Allie oppii lisää skinjackingistä, elävien ihmisten ruumiiden kaappaamisesta, Nickin suklaatahra on levinnyt lähes koko pojan päälle, Marystä on muotoutumassa todellinen Sky Witch, uskomaton Everlostin pahis, joka kerää uusia lapsia joukkoihinsa valloittaakseen maailman ja the McGill-hirviö on jälleen valloillaan. Lisäksi joukossa on entisiä ja uusia henkilöitä, joiden tekoset vaikuttavat asioiden kulkuun. Neal Shusterman on antanut mielikuvituksensa jälleen laukata ja juoni elää aivan omaa, arvaamatonta elämäänsä. Everwild tarkoittaa Everlostin tuntemattomia paikkoja. Allie lähtee Memphisiin etsimään vanhempiaan ja muutkin lapset ovat liikekannalla. Matkaa tehdään elävien ihmisten ruumiissa, aavehevosella, aavejunassa ja Hindenburg-ilmalaivalla. Lapset löytävät uusia paikkoja, mutta Mempihistä länteen ei kukaan pääse, koska siellä puhaltaa mahdoton tuuli, jota aavelapset eivät voi ohittaa. Vaikka kirjalla on hitaahko alku, siinä tapahtuu todella paljon kaikkea, seikkailuita, jännitystä ja erikoisia juonenkäänteitä. Shusterman lisää jatkuvasti uusia mausteita ja lukija ei voi kuin vain ihmetellä, minne juoni seuraavaksi johtaa. Lämpimästi suosittelen tätä trilogiaa fantastisen ystäville.

  • Amanda
    2018-11-30 02:09

    Everwild continues the story of young Nick (also known as the Chocolate Ogre) and Allie the Outcast, two children who died in a car accident but instead of passing over to the next life, they became trapped in an eerie in-between known only as Everlost. In Everlost, children's souls, called Afterlights, wander the world in search of purpose and leadership while watching the living world continue around them in a blur.Since Nick's defeat of Mary Hightower in Everlost, Mary has decided to strengthen her influence on the Afterlights of Everlost and expand her control. She takes every opportunity to slander Nick, calling him an ogre and claiming that he is killing young Afterlights. Mary uses her toxic, infectious influence to build an army to take on Nick and his followers. Nick retaliates by building an army of his own. Meanwhile, Allie learns more about her unique ability to "skinjack" or possess a living being and uses it to find her family in the living world -only to discover a shocking revelation.Filled with plenty of unexpected twists, fully-developed characters and a unique and engaging plot, Everwild is a phenomenal novel. Schusterman's writing is spot on -not too many details, but enough to set an eerie, unsettling tone that fits the world of Everlost perfectly. I was a little surprised that this is meant to be a YA novel since it can be incredibly dark at points, but these moments are what enhance the characters and help give them a life of their own.I read this entire book in one day -I just couldn't stop. Schusterman hooked me from the very first page until the very last, and after such a shocking ending, I'll be hooked until the final novel hits shelves.

  • C.P. Cabaniss
    2018-12-13 05:04

    This novel was just as fascinating as the first. It's well written and has an intriguing world. We get answers about skinjackers and what they can do as well as why, we meet a ripper who can not only pull things from the living world but put them back. Nick still has the most development to me. Allie was a bit annoying in parts, but I really enjoyed her developing along the way. Mary is even more creepy than before and reading about her just fives me shivers.The ending of this left us with plenty of questions without being extremely frustrating. The very end was the creepiest, most disturbing scene of all.

  • Anabel
    2018-12-16 07:02

    He tardado más en leer este libro porque he tenido que hacer muchas cosas y no he tenido tiempo, además de acabar otro antes. Desde luego las páginas se me pasaban volando, el autor ha conseguido meterme otra vez en el mundo de Everlost y disfrutarlo. Los personajes antiguos y los nuevos me han seguido encantando. Quizás me han chirríado un poco la parte romántica, que ha sido un parte muy secundaria de la historia. Con un ritmo frenético este libro me ha gustado mucho, y me ha dejado con muchas ganas de leer el tercero y último de la trilogía.

  • Allison
    2018-12-13 05:39

    I couldn't stop!!!! even better than the first one! It was so addicting! Danny Rozelli was so cute... I hate Milos he makes me sick! Ha Mary is Alive!!!!!! but then Milos kills her again to get her back (which is very bad) I HAVE TO READ THE NEXT ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Victoria
    2018-11-25 00:08

    A gripping, incredible sequel to Everlost and an extremely worthy middle novel that broadens the scope of Shusterman's afterlife world to epic proportions. The characters of the first book are scattered now, each group with its own mission. Mary Hightower has become the Sky Witch, scouring Everlost for the souls of children to "save." Nick, immortalized as the Chocolate Ogre, fights against the consuming memory of chocolate in order to oppose everything Mary stands for, hoping to save Afterlights in a very different way. And Allie the Outcast has become a wandering finder, accompanied by Mikey, who was once the monstrous McGill. But Mary's plans grow darker every day, Nick is a leader without much direction, and Allie has some terrible lessons to learn about her bewitching skill of skinjacking.But for each of these groups, the untamed Everwild is waiting to be explored. There are new characters, some allies, some enemies, most falling into both camps at one time another: the fiery Confederate ecto-ripper Zin, suave skinjacker Milos and his gang, power-hungry would-be-gangster Pugsy Malone. And of course nearly everyone from Everlost returns, to the point where I felt so happy to be reuniting with them it was like coming back to old friends. Everyone has their own right and wrong, their own goals and motives. And more importantly, character flaws and weaknesses abound as well. They may be trapped between life and death, but these characters are so real. It is so easy to like and hate them, to feel pride and love and loathing at what they do. Shusterman's writing is a perfect mix of "show" and "tell," his dry wit showing through most often in sly allusions to the real world and its connections to Everlost. Some of these allusions, however, as in the previous novel, are downright touching, and the author also has a gift for stating truly emotional comments and scenes in a simple style that makes them all the more meaningful. The complexity of Everlost itself is not the most impressive thing, however. That's the relationships between the characters. In the end, the denizens of Everlost form a shifting, twisted, beautifully human web of interconnected feelings. For me, the complicated, unorthodox, and stunning bond between Mikey and Allie was the crowning example of this. Rarely have I seen a romance so heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. There seems to be a pattern here. In the first novel, the author introduced Everlost and its people in gripping detail, and the ending promised more to come. In this book, the world is expanded, the characters grow monumentally, everything promised is delivered, and yet the ending hints at something even greater to come. I will eagerly await that coming.

  • Joanne
    2018-12-01 02:55

    I loved it! I cannot tell you just how mind blowing the plot of Everwild is! Despite the obvious detail in the blurb, there were so many things that happened in this book that would literally have me gawping at the book. Everwild is written in the same style as Everlost, which I can only describe as sweet, so there is nothing graphic or too violent that actually happens in the book, which I think just makes these bombshells even more surprising!There were moments in this book when I was close to tears, there were moments when I was so disturbed and disgusted I didn’t want to read anymore – but couldn’t put the book down at the same time. We find out more about Everlost, about skinjackers and ecto-rippers, and we see the characters we followed in Everlost evolve in surprising ways. I said in my review of Everlost that it was really unique in its world building; the world building didn’t stop with that book, it continues in Everwild, and there’s so much more to discover and be in awe of. It’s just fantastic.There’s nothing I can really add about the great characters I mentioned in the last review than to say is that they get better in this book. We still have Nick, Allie, and Micky, and they’re great! Mary, however, is a whole different ball game. I said she was quite twisted and disturbing in my review of Everlost, but in Everwild, she goes above and beyond. She is just evil, there is no other word for it. She’s evil, and scary in her disturbing ways – and what’s even worse, she truly thinks she’s doing the right thing, and is as sickly sweet as ever. She’s actually lovely. It’s disgusting!We meet some new characters along the way, too, and re-meet some older secondary characters who become more important. We re-meet Johnnie-O, Choo-Choo-Charlie, and Speedo, and I absolutely love Johnnie-O! He is just so funny! He’s great! The new characters we meet include a group of skinjackers; Milos, Squirrel and Moose. Milos is almost as disturbing as Mary, and will do anything for what he believes is love, and Squirrel and Moose take his lead. We also meet Zin, a ripper with the coolest way of speaking ever! I love her too, and I so hope we get to see her in the next book! And then there’s Jackin’ Jill, another skinjacker who starts the clogs turning in Mary’s mind for more sinister plots and schemes.I love this series, and I was so completely wowed by the ending, that I don’t know how I’m going to wait until next year to read the next in the series, whenever it comes out. If you haven’t read this series, you really need to start!

  • kari
    2018-12-02 05:42

    This second book in the trilogy picks up a few months after the first ends and the action is much more fast paced this time around. There are several threads running through and various viewpoints, but the shifting focus works fine, isn't confusing or hard to know who's doing what.I liked how the characters continue to grow and change, some not so much for the better.This book starts making the reader think more about right and wrong and questioning if it is okay to do something wrong if your intent or long term goal is something good. Or, more correctly, if it's something you believe whole-heartedly is for the good, even though others would see it as evil, how do you rationalize your actions? It makes it easy to see how people make evil choices while only seeing themselves as good.This may seem deep for a YA novel and one aimed at the younger end of the YA audience, but it's subtle and because it's subtle, it works.There are some surprises in this book and the plot is much more taut, with less wandering and confusion. Allie learns a lot more about her skinjacker abilities or rather she is taught much more about her abilities by another skinjacker and the way he's written you never quite trust him. I loved that he has a Russian accent and his accomplices are Moose and Squirrel. I don't know if YA readers would make the connection, but I had to smile every time I would hear "Moose and Squirrel" in my head spoken with a Russian accent.Mary is still at odds with Nick and much of the book is taken up with the coming battle between the two of them. This book is more scary than the first book, not so much by the events that happen, but the ideas and the overall plans Mary has.Can't wait to read the third book.

  • Jodi
    2018-12-10 22:47

    Truthfully, my rating of Everwild should hover somewhere between "It was OK" and "I Liked It." While it was a good read, for me, it really didn't live up to the previous installment of the Skinjacker series. We were certainly introduced to a whole slew of new characters, and we also learned a little something about some of our Everlost characters, which I enjoyed. However, this story just didn't seem to have the same heart as Everlost. I liked how Shusterman began the book with Mary's tips for new Greensouls. To me, that encouraged readers to continue on even if that hadn't read the first installment. It gave enough background information to give footing to new readers. I thought that was a nice touch. One of my complaints about Everwild were the abundance of plots. Just when you would get really into one of the characters story lines, the scene would switch to what was happening with a different one. I thought that this would be redeemed at the end when they all got together, however, that didn't really happen either. My only hopes for Everwild is that it was a pretty lengthy set up for what will be a really BIG conclusion in Everfound. (Which of course, I have immediately started reading).

  • Sesana
    2018-11-19 03:49

    I absolutely loved Everlost, the first book in this series. So when this one was merely ok, it was a big disappointment to me. I do want to say first of all that Shusterman's writing is still very good, just that this book didn't hit the right chords for me.There's an awful lot of story threads being juggled, for one. Which means that I would no sooner than get settled into a plot before the narrative would switch to another one. And I found myself significantly less attached to the characters this time around, even though some of the characters were ones I'd loved in the previous book. More than one character goes off the moral deep end, but not in ways that I found compelling, or even entirely realistic. I really do wish that I had liked this better, but it evidently wasn't meant to be. Too bad.

  • Randy
    2018-12-08 00:05

    Part 2 of a wife met the author at an English teacher's conference in Orlando, FL...he autographed her books. I enjoy books with unique perspectives and this one rates at the top with The Golden Compass trilogy. What makes it most appealing is that it delves into the human afterlife where there are those who wish to keep the souls who arrive there and those who set them free to enter the next phase of afterlife...all of the characters are children with the potential to be Lolitas but Shusterman the author never uses base language or sultry action to propel the plot. Love tends to rule the day even though it is often pushed deep underfoot?P.S...I don't write reviews really, but just notes on my own journey...

  • Tish
    2018-12-10 05:39

    Now, this is what I had been expecting from Everlost, the first book in the Skinjacker series. The characters all seemed more interesting and complex and there was a lot more depth to the story, with questions of life, death, whether the end justifies the means, etc. The plot just seemed better, too, answering enough questions to be satisfying, but leaving the reader hungering for the next book.

  • Dan
    2018-11-26 05:02

    I'm speechless because of the epilogue! This book was even better than the first one. It picks up a short time (3 years I think?) after the first book. This book was so hard to put down because of the interesting plot, well-written characters that makes me so happy, sad, angry, furious and the vivid description of the Everlost world. I can't wait to read the final book in the trilogy!

  • Irene
    2018-12-14 06:05

    Everwildes tan maravilloso como su predecesor, con sus toques infantiles y al mismo tiempo siniestros, deja unas ganas inmensas de terminar la saga. Si no te has animado a leer estos libros, ¡no dudes en hacerlo! Te llevarás una muy grata sorpresa, con un mundo maravillosamente escrito y completamente original.

  • Malyk
    2018-11-30 01:55

    Neal Shusterman’s “Everwild” is both an amazing and interesting adaption to his previous book “Everlost”. Following the main characters (The ones left at least), Allie and Nick, we get to see just how each individual goes about their life in “Limbo” and continues on in their quest to find what's most important: answers. Now this quest brings them to undiscovered territory in Everlost, known as the everwilds, where each character parts ways in an unexpected journey that neither expects. Nick, once never seemingly possessing such qualities, finds himself to be quite the leader in his newfound task. Allie, however, takes a separate path, earning a title and reputation as a lone wolf to be feared and respected. Both, however, cross paths once more in an unexpected turn…Despite having a few faults such as overextending its romance aspect (Literally almost every detailed character having some sort of lover or love interest), the book really does well in other aspects. One of these aspects is, of course, its application to real life habits and situations many if not all people experience, going in further depth as it explains all the odd situations some experience. This turns certain portions of the story from simple plot mechanics to theories the author may either have them or hint towards their possibility. Another aspect it has is it’s ever constant sense of mystery and discovery, quite literally following characters as they explore a whole new world that’s not only unknown to themselves, but many of it’s long lasting inhabitants.With such an interesting overall story and wonderfully mysterious, I must say that this is a must read.

  • Erika
    2018-11-21 03:04

    Allie and Nick have been in Everlost for a few years. Like everything else that fails to get to where it’s going, they’ve settled in an unpredictable routine that’s become more like a mission. Their days are not consumed by tedious repetition or useless patterns Mary Queen of Snots would approve of. Allie and Nick have long-term goals. The dynamics differ for each, but in the end all Allie wants is to find her home; Nick wants to destroy Mary Hightower. Left to her own extreme ideas of what’s really best for the children of Everlost, her selfish ideals have begun to sink to new lows. Now she’s demonizing Nick as the “Chocolate Ogre,” perpetuating a self-fulfilling prophecy that threatens to overwhelm Nick’s operation and reveal Mary’s true colors. Neither Nick or Allie is ready to take their coin yet, nor as it turns out, is Mary. And Mikey, Allie’s companion on her journey to find her family, seems to be a bit too preoccupied with how boring his natural state is now that he is no longer The McGill…Everwild is darker than its predecessor. Mary, quite to my surprise, turned even nastier and desperate in her bid for ultimate control. Of course, now it isn’t just Mary who’s gathering an army, but Nick as well; we’re left to wonder which has the moral high ground. Is it Mary and her delusions of safety and protection? Or is it Nick who wants to make sure Afterlights get to where they’re going? His mission subverts Mary’s operation by recruiting his own band of souls to counter hers, but he’s slowly overcome by the physical manifestations of his preoccupations. The chocolate spot on his cheek has spread to ridiculous and frightening proportions.As the Chocolate Ogre he’s reclaiming Mary’s epithet for good, sharing a bit of chocolate from his dripping fingers with the children he meets, and hoping his personality and mission (not to mention, the chocolatey bribe) speak for themselves. Unfortunately, while Mary’s need for control extends to her appearance, Nick’s doesn’t. Children become afraid of the boy who no longer looks like a boy. Nor are they always willing to believe what their eyes refuse to admit: Mary’s carefully manicured appearance and cultivated expressions of compassion and authority can’t possibly be manipulations despite Nick’s protestations that they are. Nick’s desperation seems to have only made his mission more difficult.So has Allie’s, though. Everyone, not just Mary, came across as desperate in this book. Allie’s skinjacking became worse when she found herself associating with Milos and later using skills he helped her perfect to demand visits with her family. She even endangered the lives of others. I found it hard not to notice this change in light of the sweeping feeling of righteous and heroic benevolence sure to work in Nick and Allie’s favor at the end of Everlost. It was a little shocking, but completely satisfying when I feared Everwild might suffer from Middle Book Syndrome and have little to nothing to offer except as an avenue to wander before the final installment arrives.Lucky for me and other readers, Everwild delivered in unexpected ways, challenged the way we experienced familiar characters and even threw in a little bit of romance for fun. Amid all of the drama and adventure, there was one character that never failed to entertain or engage other characters with her unpolished charm and ill-mannered grace: Zinnia. By herself she was feisty and impressive, her death the result of an inordinate amount of spunk and bravery. As an Afterlight she became just as much of a pioneer and a character that brought levity to her scenes, especially by bickering with Johnnie-O. Zin always reminded me of the conundrum facing Afterlights who want to be taken seriously, of the delicate situation that arises from the indignity of a sudden death. And she, along with Mikey—whom was always so concerned with his reputation, especially when it turns out he is a cute little kid—and the likes of Pugsy Capone were constantly reminding me that all of these characters, these political and social advocates orchestrating large movements, are all children. Despite how adorable and premature adults may find some of their behavior, these children may metaphorically represent the real complexities and group dynamics of not just children on the playground, but young adults as well.My only complaint was the use of “ripping” or, the ability to pull living things and objects from the live world into Everlost and vice versa. It seemed a little disappointing against Shusterman’s earlier insinuations that death is death and one of those harsh realities we all have to face one day, whether it’s with family, friends, acquaintances, or our own mortality. I wasn’t sure how to take Mary’s fate at the end of the book, but it left me confused. Mostly, it felt like cheating.Everwild had a lot more humor to alleviate the darker turn the narrative took. It was surprising and I think built toward Everfound rather nicely. Of the two so far, this is my favorite. Zin really made this book so much more funny than I think it would have been otherwise, albeit the chocolate witticisms kept catching me off guard and I’ll admit: they did make me laugh. If you’ve read Everlost you have to read the sequel. I really don’t have any idea what’s going to happen in the next one, but not knowing is half the fun.Thank you to Simon & Schuster UK for my review copy!

  • Mart
    2018-12-03 04:58

    Добре, мислех да пиша на английски, но някак си ме мързи да мисля и затова просто ще пробвам така. Та, за пореден път се чудя защо толкова малко хора оценяват Нийл Шустърман като великолепния автор, който всъщност е. Вярно е, че първата книга от поредицата не ме впечатли особено - тя беше по-скоро нещо като интересна идея, която обаче ми се стори насочена прекалено много към по-млада аудитория, т.е. малко детска за моя вкус. Но. Ето, че след прочитането на втората книга мога да заявя отново, че съм завладяна от тази нова вселена (почти по същия начин както бях и след Unwind). За Шустърман внасянето на все нови и нови герои по никакъв начин не прави повествованието тежко или объркващо, а напротив - разширява хоризонта на читателя, захранва желанието за повече детайли и вникване в материята на Everlost и просто оставя без дъх всеки, който се осмели да даде шанс на поредицата.Не знам защо изпитвам нуждата да сипя суперлативи за автора, както и не съм особено сигурна защо толкова много ми харесват както историите, които разказва, така и начина на писане, който е лек и плавен - като че се намирам пред камината в една студена зимна вечер и някой просто ми разказва приказка. Просто невероятно. Но дори и с елементите на приказка Everwild е много повече от това. Тя е пътешествие, чрез което се откриват отговори на знайни и незнайни въпроси. Тя е свят, в който изгубените биват намерени. Тя е избор между онова, което е смята за всеобщо добро, и злото. Тя е борба.Оттук нататък обаче не съм сигурна доколко помня къде свършваше втората и започваше третата книга (която в момента чета), но така е като ме мързи да пиша веднага след прочитане на дадена книга, така че може, без да искам, да пъхна по някой спойлер.След битката, в която побеждават Единственото Истинско Чудовище на Евърлост, нашите главни герои се разпръскват по света, така да се каже. Ник, Шоколадовото Чудовище, повежда армия срещу Мери Хайтауър, Небесната Вещица, въпреки любовта, която изпитва към нея. Тя иска да направи Евърлост постоянен дом за всички попаднали там души, а той се стреми да ги освободи, да ги изпрати там, където трябва да идат - а именно към светлината в края на тунела. И ако в първата книга имахме един второстепенен злодей, тук вече става ясно че именно Мери е антагониста в историята. Тя е коварна в много отношения, но не мисля, че е възможно някой да я намрази, колкото и ужасни да са намеренията й. Бих казала, че е просто объркана - защото след толкова време в Евърлост всички се променят, а според мен тя вече не знае какво е добро и какво не. Първоначалните невинни намерения се превърщат в нещо, което тя не може, а и не иска да контролира, а именно желанието да властва. Не в смисъла, който ние влагаме обаче - тя иска да закриля, да е по-голямата сестра, да е майка, да е кралица, да е Бог. Въпреки че е доста антипатична в много отношения, не мога да не и се възхищавам от време на време. Тя просто го заслужава.Ник е в центъра на опозицията. Името, което Мери му дава - Шоколадовото Чудовище, го превръща наистина в такова. Но само на външен вид. Шоколадът обхваща все повече и повече от тялото му поради постоянното напомняне за неговото съществуване, защото в Евърлост ти си това, което помниш. Забравяйки външния си вид, Ник е принуден да живее (въпреки че това не е най-подхдящата дума, при все че в Евърлост всички са мъртви) като Шоколадовото Чудовище. Той е честен, изключително интелигентен и добър стратег. Това обаче не му помага, когато поради своята наивност попада в капана на Мери и забравя напълно всичко около себе си, както и самия себе си. А когато това се случи, незнайно защо не се разплаках, а съм голямо бебе в такива моменти. Обичам Ник и смятам, че е прекрасен герой и може би именно затова знаех, че краят му няма да е такъв. Вярвах. И вярата не ме подведе. Въпреки че голяма част от него е загубена, следва пътешествие, в края на което тя ще бъде намерена.Али и Майки, бившето Истинско Чудовище на Евърлост, пътуват заедно, докато чувствата, които ги свързват един с друг не се оказват причина да се разделят. Групата skinjackers (простете мързела и нежеланието ми да се опитвам да преведа тази дума), която те срещат налага на двамата да признаят, че онова, което ги свързва не е приятелство, нито пък близост тип брат и сестра. Майки изчезва една вечер, решен да се върне към миналия си облик на чудовище, за да прикрие ревността, която го разяжда отвътре. Али се разделя с групата и разкрива тайната на способността си да обладава живите хора. О, Майки, Майки, ако има нещо по-сладко от теб, то трябва сигурно да е някакъв божествен шоколад! Обожавам Майки МакДжил, обожавам връзката му с Али, обожавам всичките противоречивости, които го изграждат. Може би той е любимият ми герой досега. В някои отношения ми напомя Лев от Unwind, но развитието на характера му е толкова различно от това на Лев, че сравнение между двамата не може да има.Естествено, има доста нови по-важни, както и по-второстепенни герои - Милос, Лос, Катерица, Зиния, Чарли, Джони-О и т.н. Но от всички според мен най-голямо значение за тази книга имаха Милос и Зиния, но доколко това е така, ще оставя на другите читатели да кажат, тъй като като гледам съм писала повече от необходимото. :ООттам нататък в книгата се случват толкова много неща, че просто е невъзможно да опиша възхищението си от Нийл Шустърман. Казвам само едно "благодаря" и се надявам да прочета още много, много книги и да срещна още много толкова прекрасни герои.

  • Taylor 2-3
    2018-11-16 06:01

    Everwild was a little slow at first, but towards that middle of the book it starts to pick up the pace. For me I definitely did not find it as good as Everlost, and I wished it was as good because I really liked the Climax of the story, but then it all just started to come crashing down. The overall plot of the book was really good, and I really liked how they had the Chocolate Ogre (Nick), and the Skywitch (Mary) as rivals going against each other. If you like more drama in the books you read, this would be a good book for you.

  • Lena
    2018-11-19 02:42

    Gah, this took me forever to read. Not because it was bad or boring, but work got in the way, so there just wasn't enough time to pick up a book. Most of the time I was too tired anyway. Loved it though :) The characters are everything!

  • Duffy Pratt
    2018-11-27 22:50

    On Reread - Not much to add to my original review below. I can't decided whether I am blessed or cursed with a terrible memory. I only read this a year and a half ago, and so much of the detail was gone that it was almost like reading it for the first time.In the first review, I didn't mention the climax at Graceland. There are certain places where Everlost and the living world merge, and Graceland is one of them. It has the effect of exaggerating the traits of those who come near to this "vortex." I didn't like that several main characters were familiar with the idea of a vortex, but that it had been absent from the first book. While re-reading the first book, I had the impression that Shusterman had a full grasp of this world from the start. But the introduction of this sort of thing makes me think that perhaps he was making a good deal of it up as he went along. Nevertheless, its a great idea, and although the narrator, and Mary, deny that Graceland had any effect on her, I wonder if that was true. I get the feeling that it probably amplified her sense of righteousness, which is the closest thing she has to a superpower. Original Review - 1/1/13I liked this book better than the first, and that's a pretty rare feat in a trilogy of books. He develops his stories in ways that are both surprising, and also come to feel inevitable. The only thing that I did not like so much is his treatment of Mary, The Sky Witch. Sure, I thought she was the villain by the end of the first book, but here he takes it to rather mind-boggling extremes. Mary's plan is to fully populate Everlost by terminating their stays in the real world. And with the mechanics of skinjacking, it would be very, very easy to accomplish. (All she would need to do is have one of her skinjackers possess the President, and a nuclear holocaust could easily follow. This in theory would create lots of new Afterlights, and vast dead spots to serve as their playgrounds.)The narrative structure here is clean, which is quite a feat since Shusterman follows three separate story arcs and maneuvers them all to the same place for the finale. The three stories here are Allie, who is on a quest to find her living family, or at least to find out whether her father survived the accident. She's accompanied by Mikey McGill, who now suffers from a severe case of puppy love. Along the way she meets up with some new characrters, a band of skinjackers who are looking for another girl who betrayed them, a skinjacker named Jackin Jill. I especially liked the parts where the leader of the new group trains Allie in the finer points of possessing a living body. Story two involves Nick, the Chocolate Ogre. He's building a force to resist Mary, but this has set aside his bigger goal of teaching kids how to get to where they are going, and out of everlost. Along the way, he teams up with an ex-confederate soldier, who was a fifteen year old girl when she died. She's also a ripper, which means she has the ability to rip stuff out of the living world and into Everlost. At the start, she has stored up an arsenal in the Challenger space shuttle in Florida. I liked both the development of her character and of her ability. Shusterman is extremely clever about these abilities, and yet I never got the feeling that he had a character do something just because he needed it as an author.And finally, Mary is collecting her own army of kids to confront Nick. She sets traps in different places and travels from place to place on the Hindenburg. In Chicago, she meets her newest and strongest ally: Jackin Jill, the same skinjacker that Milos and his gang are looking for. Jill gets on Mary's good side by collecting new Afterlights. She isn't completely honest about how she gets them, but when Mary learns the truth, it doesn't bother her. Mary embodies the kind of evil that can only come from pure righteousness. I thought her sections in the book were the least successful, largely because her utter lack of doubt in herself makes her a bit less interesting than the other characters.I'm really looking forward to the third installment in these books. Once again, these books have me wondering what difference there is between "kid lit" and adult fantasy. These books are way more imaginative than most adult fantasy I've read, and they deal with stuff that is way heavier than your typical fantasy book. Yet, for marketing purposes, these books go into the YA or Kids section, while Feist's Magician series, for example, fits readily into the Fantasy shelf. Except for the marketing, I have no real idea why that is so.

  • Amanda
    2018-12-13 06:07

    I love this series. I haven't been so excited to read a sequel since Harry Potter.While there's nothing necessarily mind-blowing about the writing itself, I can see how much Shusterman has improved from the first book. The POV was handled, in my opinion, seamlessly. At no time did I become conscious of the writing to the point that I was distracted from the plot. I was engrossed. Granted, I really wanted to read this book. So was I predisposed to overlook any possible flaws? Absolutely. Still, I've read some other books lately that have not kept me reading into the wee hours, nor have they made me anxious for more. Why is then that this series has captivated me when others (even of Shusterman's) have not? The characters and their relationships come first to mind. Are they complex, subtle, deeply drawn characters? Not really. And I think there's something to be said for characters who are interesting, but not over-explained. The characters are set up and they pretty much stay who they are throughout the story. Yet, they're not so thin that you feel like you've met this person a thousand times before.The relationships obviously carry the story. Anticipation of just one meeting (which of course didn't happen until the end), probably could've pulled me through the whole book even if the plot was total crap. But the plot wasn't crap. It was engaging and, if you're inclined, thought-provoking. Not that you need to think about it. To add that 1/2 star more to the four I already gave it, I didn't skim anything. Frankly, nowadays, that's saying a lot. It seems inevitable that when I sit down to read a book, I'm going to have to skim over some lovingly drawn bit of description, or gobs of pain-staking research, or worse, boring pointless scene. Not this time gentle reader. Not even a sentence. And this world that Shusterman's created . . . I love it. It's one of the few I've encountered that makes me wish I had thought of it.So why didn't I give it five-stars? Well, I don't really do that. At least not for books I've just read. I need to let a book sit for a few years, if I feel compelled to read it again, and love it just as much the second time, then I will certainly return and give it that bump. In this case, I wouldn't be surprised if I do.

  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    2018-12-13 05:59

    4.5 Stars Everlost is the place where sticks and stones won’t break your bones but names can always hurt you. It is also where things that were once loved and are destroyed in the real world might find themselves almost like an echo.“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.

  • Gunne
    2018-12-05 02:06

    I am in awe, once again, of Shusterman's effortless writing and endless stream of imagination. Where does he get his ideas? It's hard not to be biased, seeing how he's one of my favourite YA fiction authors, but here he's proven himself again with Everwild, the second of the Skinjacker Trilogy. I began this book apprehensive - because its hard to find sequels that match the prowess of the first, and also because I stumbled across some negative reviews about it - but Everwild is for lack of a better description, wild. Of the modest number of inbetween/afterlife books I've read, of the creative pool of heavens authors have dreamt up, I would not hesistate to pick Everlost with its simple dangers, its varied, skilled and crazy inhabitants, its fantastical yet logical rules. Shusterman has a way of revealing to you the bare bones of his societies, and leaving the rest to your interpretation. This is no Harry Potter in terms of fabrication and details, yet for all its simple complexity, it might as well be. Souls - Afterlights - that sink into the Earth core, Afterlights with powers to snatch things from the living world, Afterlights that can possess the living... it goes on.So. If you've read the first, which you should - what the hell are you doing here if you haven't? - the sequel sees the birth of the Chocolate Ogre, aka Nick. The book's not entirely about him, since it gives Allie (now Allie the Outcast) equal emphasis. Not to be forgotten characters: Mikey McGill and Mary Hightower. There's a build-up to a confrontation between Nick and Mary as I'm sure anyone can predict, though how it gets there is an adventure that matters as much as the outcome. Two other major characters are introduced, alongside bigger themes. I couldn't put the book down, though in all honesty it was burning curiosity that kept me going. This is a book you'll enjoy the first time, and you may continue to love it after, but really, first time's the charm. Sure, every book works like that, but this one more so. Telling you more would be spoiling the story, so go read it. As the curtain is thrown back, it's hard not to marvel at Shusterman's Everlost as he reveals little by little, the inner workings of an extremely original Inbetween.