Book Review: Everlost (Skinjacker #1)
I hope you had a good president’s day and found some fun things to do. I’m in a reading phase with grad school, so I’ve been switching between that and leisure reading, which means … It’s book review time again!
This time I read Everlost (Skinjacker #1) by Neal Shusterman.
After reading his Arc of a Scythe series in 2020 and loving it, (you can check out my reviews in this post here) I decided it was time to try another one of his. This one has a distinct theme of the afterlife that really spoke to me, so I couldn’t resist.
Will this series live up to his other fun works? Keep on reading to find out!
Nick and Allie don’t survive the car accident…
…but their souls don’t exactly get where they’re supposed to get either. Instead, they’re caught halfway between life and death, in a sort of limbo known as Everlost: a shadow of the living world, filled with all the things and places that no longer exist. It’s a magical, yet dangerous place where bands of lost children run wild and anyone who stands in the same place too long sinks to the center of the Earth.
When they find Mary, the self-proclaimed queen of lost kids, Nick feels like he he’s found a home, but Allie isn’t satisfied spending eternity between worlds. Against all warnings, Allie begins learning the “Criminal Art” of haunting, and ventures into dangerous territory, where a monster called the McGill threatens all the souls of Everlost.
In this imaginative novel, Neal Shusterman explores questions of life, death, and what just might lie in between.
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Wow, wow, wow! This book was everything I hoped for and more.
In this novel we follow young Allie and Nick, two unfortunate souls that meet their end too early in a car wreck. Shocked to have woken up in a nearby forest, they soon learn that they didn’t survive and that they are in a strange limbo called Everlost. Desperate for answers, Allie and Nick embark on an epic mission to understand this strange new world and find a new way forward.
The premise of this book was genius. It has a theme of the afterlife with its own set of rules that I couldn’t get enough of.
Nick and Allie were fun to follow along. They have very different viewpoints and their own way of coping with the cards that they’ve been dealt that made sense. I’m more type A, so Allie was my favorite. I also really liked the supporting characters and how unique they all were: Mary, The McGill, Lief. All of them gave something special to this book.
This book was super unpredictable, which I loved. At each intersection I had no idea how things would play out, and I was constantly on the edge of my seat. There was a great balance of fast-paced plot with enough time in between those spurts to enjoy the journey and the relationships it created.
If you’re looking for the next great YA series with a supernatural edge, this is it!
That’s A Wrap!
Well that’s it for this book review. I hope you enjoyed it!
Have you read this book? Are there other similar books you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!
Have a great day!
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Great review. I’m glad this was a good one, Jonny. 😊
Thanks! This was so great. They could’ve taken it into a scarier mindset, but I’m actually glad they didn’t because it kept things more original.