Everwild (Skinjacker, #2)
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Everwild (Skinjacker #2)

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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 is...more
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Amy
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 agai...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
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 r...more
Thomas
Feb 06, 2010 Thomas rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
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 fi...more
Kayla
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 dislik...more
Lynn
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...more
Victoria
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 Afterlight...more
kari
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 in...more
Jodi
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 n...more
Joanne
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...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
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 wo...more
Randy
Part 2 of a trilogy...my 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 bu...more
Tish
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
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!
Mart
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...more
Gunne
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 bet...more
Catherine
In the second book of the Skinjacker Trilogy, Shusterman has created a powerful follow-up to Everlost. Most of what I can say about Everwild (being forced to limit some things for fear of major spoilers) I have said about Everlost... only even more so. I did not think it was possible to best Everlost, but I was wrong.

Everwild is split into three different (but inter-connected) storylines, with each follows a different main character (Allie, Nick and Mary) and revealing new aspects of Everlost. W...more
Ryan Williams
EVERLOST by Neal Shusterman is one of my favorite books, so when I found out it was part of a trilogy, I had to get the second one right away.

I never thought the genius of EVERLOST could be outdone or even matched, but I was pleasantly surprised by EVERWILD. It was even BETTER than the original.

I should start off by saying that I don't think the impact of EVERWILD will be as powerful if you didn't read EVERLOST first. EVERLOST introduces the world of Everlost and the primary characters (Nick, A...more
Duffy Pratt
I 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 mechanic...more
Rachelle
I find these books so different from your run of the mill young adult read. It really has me thinking about what happens when we die, if we don't get where we're going, and t he implied possibilities. This series, even if you don't think you're all that interested in the hereafter, is thoughtful and a bit mind-boggling. If you allow yourself, you'll start to question the world, the questions we have, and all that we don't know. What's more....if you, like me, have lost a loved one and wondered w...more
Haroun
There is a battle going on in the world between life and dead. Everlost is conflicted by Nick the "Chocolate Ogre" and Mary the "Sky Witch" Hightower. Nick battles to save the souls from Mary and guides them to the end of the tunnel as Mary fights for the opposite. She trys her best to keep all souls in the neverending limbo that is Everlost. Meanwhile the search is on for Allie as she and the former McGill and newly discovered brother of the Sky Witch, Mickey, as she cracks down on her journey...more
Hilary
Everwild begins where Everlost left off. Allie and Micky McGill are wandering Everlost, working as finders. Nick has been dubbed the Chocolate Ogre and is traveling through Everlost by train in an attempt to find Afterlights and give them the coin that will take them to the great beyond. Mary Hightower is floating across Everlost in the gigantic Hindenburg, spreading rumors about Allie the Outcast and the Chocolate Ogre, terrifying bands of Afterlights into believing that she has all the answers...more
Rebekah
I LOVED this book. It is an amazing work of fiction. I cannot get over how wonderful the world is that Shusterman created in Everlost and has continued on with in Everwild. Things that happened in this book harked back to the first and it was just AWESOME. One think I really like about Shusterman is he isn't afraid to have bad things happen to my favorite characters. I have great hope that things will work out for my favorites in the last book. But with Shusterman, you can never know for sure.

Wh...more
Jodi Papazian
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...more
Brenna
Is it just me or is this series getting a lot darker? I mean I know this is about dead kids but who knew it could get even more disturbing? Everyone welcome the sequel!

Mikey and Allie love storyline? Good, good. Nick saving kids and being a hero? Good, good. Mary still not killed off? ... Damn. Seriously lets all kill that girl WHO'S WITH ME? God, she's just so AWFUL. I don't know who I dislike more her or Milos. Speaking of which, WHAT? Like who are you dude? Never would I have presumed him to...more
Amanda
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 strength...more
Allison
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Cindy
It continues to be an interesting journey but the story turns more disturbing in this installment. It's not just about children finding their way to the light after their unfortunate death. It's not just about Mary being misguided in her attempt to give these afterlights a happy afterlife. In this book, "ghosts" inhabit and destroy people's lives. They murder. They create acts of terror. It becomes a bit much. But I'll read the third to see Shusterman's resolution to the series and to see some t...more
Amanda
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...more
KT Malec
Now we're getting somewhere.

The main characters have purposes now, important purposes, and the plot has begun to take shape and form.

I=Glad.

You can now bond with characters like Mikey and Nick, and this is good. You develop attachments to them. This book overall has more adventure, and the new additions as characters were implemented perfectly and wielded correctly.

Neal has given us an enemy-the misguided sort. I always like this because you can form emotions towards this enemy besides hatred....more
Erika
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 re...more
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