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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 r
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Tatiana
Everlost reminded me of several books I felt rather lukewarm about - Elsewhere, Lord of the Flies and Gone. It deals with afterlife (specifically, the limbo between life and death) and kids behaving badly when left on their own.

I can see why fans of Unwind would be underwhelmed by Everlost. I was too, a little. It is a good book, but it is clearly a children's book. There are no adults in it, the characters are all under 15. Even when the story handles very serious matters (that scared and creep
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Will M.
I honestly don't have the luxury of time to read novels as much as I want to because pre-med is draining the life out of me. That being said, I carefully choose the novels that I read because a bad novel would make me avoid reading even more. Everlost is one of those novels that destroys the reading slump. It also makes you want to read despite the draining day you've just had. My trust in the YA genre is slowly growing again.

Everlost is about being in a state of limbo. The catch though is that
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Mariel
Sep 11, 2010 Mariel rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lauren
Recommended to Mariel by: what are you saving?
I swear on my dog's life that Neal Shusterman's Everlost is pure awesomeness.

Kids who die go to a sort of place but not a place existing between life and death called Everlost. If they stay there instead of passing on, they have to stay in areas called "dead spots", where a significant death has happened. (Main kids Allie and Nick's car accident took place by a forest that has burned down. Sometimes a spot is massive, such as the entire city of Atlanta (seen in the second in the Skinjacker tril
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Neil (or bleed)
“But we can't choose what we forget. The more we try to forget something, the more we end up remembering it.”


I should've read Everlost before. Even I idolized and worshipped Neal Shusterman, I stalled myself to read this book because I thought I will not enjoy an afterlife novel. Guess, I was wrong. I really did enjoy reading this one.

Everlost is a limbo between life and death. It's where the dead children go. No adults. Just children up to the age of 14. It's like the afterlife but it is not
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Caris
Jul 14, 2009 Caris rated it really liked it
Recommended to Caris by: Megan
Shelves: 2009, young-adult
Okay. This would be funny. Say you borrowed the book Everlost from a friend.

You with me?

Now, say you finished the book and posted a review of it on a book oriented social networking site. Something like Goodreads.

Say that friend reads your review, perhaps even likes it or comments on it. That friend would be reasonable in assuming that she (or he, I suppose) would be getting her (or his) book back soon.

You know how people lead double lives on the Internet? Folks who are really deep and adventu
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Arlene
Apr 17, 2009 Arlene rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2009, childrens
Well there's one lesson I learned from this book, never teach your kids to stay put when they get lost. This book taught me the importance of trying to find your way to where you're going no matter what the challenges or obstacles you're faced with. I picked up Everlost because I was captivated by Shusterman's book Unwind. It's good, just not Unwind's caliber of great.

This story is about two souls, Allie and Nick, that are in a fatal car accident. Upon their death and on their way to the 'light
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Twila
Jul 02, 2015 Twila rated it really liked it
"There's no easy way to tell new arrivals to Everlost that, technically, they are no longer alive."

If you like ghost stories and chocolate, you will love this book.

First, I'll say that I love the cover. It's simple, different and I just adore it.

Now, Everlost had me hooked from the first chapter. It was an amazing attention getter. Two children die in a car accident. Yes. And the story was just so intriguing and crazy. The whole premise of this book is about children dying, and the world the
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Hannah
Oct 29, 2009 Hannah rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
I'm having a hard time trying to determine how I feel about Everlost. After reading and greatly enjoying "Unwind", I was eager to read another book Shusterman had written.

On the one hand, as an adult reading it, I definitely found the writing style geared for juvenile readers around the age of 10-13 (which is who the book is marketed for). On the other hand, I also continually wondered at the appeal to these same readers based on the way Shusterman presented his ideas on the afterlife of dead c
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Irshad
Jan 23, 2016 Irshad rated it liked it
Shelves: series, e-book
Everlost is a book that is written about the in-between stage of life and death. Not all souls leave the living world and head straight to heaven or hell. Some get stuck in this world known as Everlost and these souls that are trapped here are known as Afterlights.

I found the book captivating in the beginning portions and the plot was magnificent. I liked the excerpts that were written at the ends of each chapter. It gave more details on the Everlost world. The Everlost world is a place that is
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Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
3-3.5 stars

Similar to Neal Shusterman's other books, this one has a very unique and thought-provoking concept. Unfortunately, this one put me at a bit of a disadvantage as a reader due to my own personal reasons. Not long after picking up Everlost, I had a moment of pure, terrible clarity in facing my biggest fear: death. It still terrifies the wits out of me to think about for too long, but after that I couldn't pick this up for several weeks. So already partway into the book, I was battling wi
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Victoria
Feb 01, 2010 Victoria rated it it was amazing
Addicting, creative, fascinating tale that weaves something that could have been either cliched or overly creepy into something brilliant and original.

Allie and Nick are dead, killed instantly in a car crash that involved their respective family's cars. According to the laws of the universe, they should have crossed over. But the thing is, not all children cross over. Some trip, stumble, or resist the journey into the light...and end up in Everlost, just like Allie and Nick have.

Everlost is a b
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Harlee
Nov 02, 2015 Harlee rated it liked it
Actual Rating: 3 stars!
For the first half of this book I wasn't really enjoying it. I was just kind of reading and hoping I would start enjoying it more soon. I'm really glad I finished this and did not give up on it.
This book reminded me of Percy Jackson and the Lighting Theif, with the quests and adventurous feel to the story. It also reminded me of Shusterman's Unwind series. I really liked the Unwind series but I was not happy with how similar it felt to this series. Nick, Allie, and Leif re
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ily (trk spoilers)
I imagine the center of the Earth must be a crowded place by now, but perhaps it is the spirits of those of us residing there that keep the Earth alive and green.


It's really hard to find a good young adult novel. That's the genre I read most. However, it is also the one that displeases me most, because almost all of its books contain the same repetitive, tediuos and boring story that it's focused on a chiclé teenage romance. Neal Shusterman has done that weird thing: he wrote a young adult boo
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Sesana
Wow, this one took me by surprise. I've read Neal Shusterman before, but that didn't leave me prepared for this. There are lots of books out there that have takes on the afterlife, but I think this one is my favorite so far. There's a sense of mystery and discovery that some other great afterlife versions lack. By the end of the book, I didn't feel like I knew everything about the afterlife, but that I was willing to keep reading to find out more. One of the author blurbs on the book describes i ...more
Bridget
May 07, 2012 Bridget rated it liked it
3.5 stars An interesting spin on the afterlife from a teen perspective. The protagonists are stuck in a kind of in between place. Well written and the teen heroes are less annoying and better written than many others I've read. Their decisions for the most part make sense. I enjoyed it but think I would have liked it more when I was 12;)
Courtney Wells
Apr 25, 2015 Courtney Wells marked it as to-read
Now, I do not usual have any interest in books that start off with "so our protagonist is dead" because existential angst featuring teens is more drama than I can possibly find entertainment value in BUT if you're gonna give me a mystery land and the characters problems beyond being deceased, then you have my attention!
Daniel
Sep 07, 2014 Daniel rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Plot- 7/10
Characters- 7/10
Writing- 7.5/10
World Building- 9.5/10

TOTAL- 7.4/10

Quickie Review (no spoilers)- Neal Shusterman wowed me with Unwind. I seriously loved that book; the action, the great characters, and the scary, almost 1984-esque world building captivated me. So I went into Everlost with very high expectations, and I expected Neal Shusterman to deliver again.

I was disappointed. Now, 3.5 stars is by no means bad. But I guess I was expecting a bit more from the same author who
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Sam
Mar 01, 2016 Sam rated it liked it
Book Review by Sam May

Death. It is one concept that quiets, that disturbs and is a source of anxiety for many. Cultures have each made distinct views on death from reincarnation to spending eternity in the Underworld. Nick, a pessimistic fourteen-year-old, knows these ideas very well, but he never had an opinion of his own. In Everlost, by Neal Shusterman, both Nick and Allie experience death for themselves; they throw each other off the right track and end up in a mid-zone--Everlost. After und
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Duffy Pratt
Jun 19, 2015 Duffy Pratt rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, childrens
Reread - 6/19/15

I don't have much to add on this reread. I enjoyed it as much the second time around. Having finished all three, it was good to see what a command Shusterman had over his overall story and characters from the very start. The introduction of each major character also gives the spine and motive of that character. Its all very well thought out and extremely well done. I've read a bunch of Shusterman since first having read this, and I still think this series is his best work.



ORIGINA
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Donalyn
Jul 23, 2008 Donalyn rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of weird books
I have spent two days wandering through Neal Shusterman's latest two novels, and I am still a bit lost in them. I read them out of order, reading his newest book, Unwind, first. Enjoying that book so much, I wondered whether or not Everlost would disappoint me.

Shusterman admits that he is a weird man who writes about weird things, and no one does it better, I should have trusted him more.

When two teens, Nick and Allie, die in the same car accident, their journey into the white light of the after
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kari
Aug 18, 2011 kari rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, 2011
I've gone back and forth and back and forth on my rating for this one. The story is a three, but it's Shusterman and his use of language to evoke feelings is so well done. The writing is wonderful; some of the descriptions of things in Everlost brought tears to my eyes. I want to like it more than I do.
So, for that reason, I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt with a four star rating.
This one starts out with a bang, but then winds down and meanders for a long time. I found myself finding lots o
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Forrest
Jul 27, 2012 Forrest rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For starters, let me say that 1) I listened to the audiobook narrated by Nick Podehl (whose voice acted as a great soporific as I was trying to drive across the US with my family - thankfully the rock we took in the windshield outside of Denver kept me awake) and 2) I'm not the biggest fan of children's books, and this is definitely a children's book.

I found the central conceit intriguing: Those who die, but don't get "where they're going" find themselves in limbo. The rules are different here.
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Michelle
I would probably give this 2.5 stars. It was...odd. Very odd.

I think what probably bothered me is that it truly is meant for a juvenile audience and yet some disturbingly dark things are going on here. The premise of the story is a little like Peter Pan's lost boys. Children who are supposed to make it into the after life are knocked off course and sent into the land of Everlost. Nick and Allie are new to Everlost, and they discover it is a strange place where they may be doomed to spend eterni
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Jennifer Wardrip
May 04, 2008 Jennifer Wardrip rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Karin Perry for TeensReadToo.com

Nick and Allie never would have met had their parents' cars not collided on a hairpin turn one day. If only Nick's parents had not hit a piece of steel lying in the road which caused them to blow a tire and head into the oncoming lane of traffic directly in the path of Allie's father. The accident happened so fast that neither felt any pain. The only recollection they have is of landing on the ground in the woods and feeling very tired.

What happens to
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Janette
If you look at this book as having a new, creative setting (earth for the lost souls of children who somehow got knocked out of the tunnel after they died) it's a cute story. However, if you read the book and think it's proposing doctrine about the afterlife, you're not going to like it. And I admit that as a parent it was hard to read about the spirits of children sinking to the center of earth where they would be trapped until the earth exploded. Surely God isn't as disorganized or uncaring to ...more
Shayantani Das
Jul 09, 2011 Shayantani Das rated it really liked it
This book is about Allie and Nick journey through the world of everlost. They die in a car accident only they don’t reach where there are supposed to and instead get stuck in the eternal world of everlost.

First thing to keep in mind while reading the book is that one shouldn’t compare it to unwind, or you would be bitterly disappointed. It's nowhere near it in terms of emotional depth and characters. But the book in itself has a very very interesting concept. Neal Shusterman is a very creative a
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Sarah
Jan 19, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
Ali and Nick collide in a car crash that kills them both and they find themselves unexpected companions in Everlost, the place where children go after they die. They soon meet Leaf, who's been there too long. The adventure takes off as they must learn the strange rules of this world and protect themselves from not so nice residents. This is a wonderful adventure, that I really enjoyed. It was more MG and therefore not my preferred genre. I found the kiss scene to be not so compelling, and the pa ...more
Trisha
Sep 27, 2013 Trisha rated it liked it
wow, I think I may have to come back and re-review. This is one that kind of sinks in.
I would read a part and think "what the HECK did I just read?"

but then I'd read another book or go about my day - but it would keep popping into my head - where the story was going, who the McGill was....just all sorts of random thoughts. It's a great story, just not at all like anything I've read before or what I thought it would be.

but I know I liked it
Wendy F
I've had this on my shelf for a while now and I'm glad for the Pick Five thread in my YA group, otherwise I would have probably just kept pushing this off.

I really liked it. Oddly enough I wasn't quite into Mary, but I automatically felt something for The McGill. I suppose that is backwards, but there seemed to be something vulnerable about him. I also really really liked Lief. And Nick. Great book. I can't wait to read the next one.
Praxedes
May 18, 2015 Praxedes rated it it was amazing
This was such an original story in an increasingly unoriginal genre! Unlike other books that talk about life after death, or limbo, or sticking around for a while before moving on (i.e. The Lovely Bones, If I Stay, etc.), this book takes on the task of explaining how this near-afterlife works. And for the most part it makes perfect sense! I was getting tired of books where the main characters bungle around endlessly trying to make sense of their surroundings. Shusterman does take some poetic lib ...more
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Award-winning author Neal Shusterman grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he began writing at an early age. After spending his junior and senior years of high school at the American School of Mexico City, Neal went on to UC Irvine, where he made his mark on the UCI swim team, and wrote a successful humor column. Within a year of graduating, he had his first book deal, and was hired to write a movi ...more
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