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Everfound (Skinjacker #3)

4.3  ·  Rating Details ·  7,608 Ratings  ·  663 Reviews
While Mary lies in a glass coffin aboard a ghost train heading west, her minions are awaiting her re-awakening by bringing lots of new souls into Everlost to serve her. Meanwhile Jackin’ Jill has met Jix, a fur-jacker—a skin jacker who can take over the bodies of animals, most notably jaguars. Jix serves a Mayan god who collects Everlost coins, and has his own agenda. In ...more
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
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Gladius I don't know what you believe, but I think his soul just vanished, not like how you eat cookies (they go into you tummy but still technically exist)…moreI don't know what you believe, but I think his soul just vanished, not like how you eat cookies (they go into you tummy but still technically exist) and more like a dream you forget before you wake up (it was "real" at one point but when it was forgotten, it was forgotten and had vanished).
His memory is alive, but not his soul. The memory and soul of something, to me, are different.

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Neal Shusterman
Oct 02, 2014 Neal Shusterman added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-own-books
This isn’t actually a review, because it would be weird to review my own book – but I thought people might be interested in knowing some of the things that went on in the writing process -- sort of a deconstruction of how the book was put together.

I’m going backwards – that is beginning with my most recent books, and working my way back in time, since the most recent ones are more fresh in my mind.


This was a tough one to write. I learned from writing SHATTERED SKY, that the third book
Will M.
I promised myself that I would try to finish a series or a trilogy this 2016, and I'm glad that I did it. I normally just read the first book of a series and leave it hanging for next time. It also normally ends up being left hanging forever in most cases. I'm going to try to change that bad habit from now on.

This third and last book is amazing. Shusterman managed to wrap things up nicely. None of that cliche stuff with this trilogy. The characters are fully developed and all the plot holes got
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
I can't do this book justice. I can't. I've been putting off this review for two days and thinking about this book non-stop and I still don't know what the heck I'm supposed to say! I haven't felt this emotional and mind-blown by a book since I read Monsters of Men, which is the third/final book in the incredible Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness. Chaos Walking has been my absolute favorite series for a while now, but after reading Everfound, the Skinjackers trilogy might just be competing fo ...more
Aug 15, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing
EDIT 8/15/11
So today I finished Everfound and um...words? They do not suffice.

I shall be needing to know the conclusion to this amazing story, of a psychotic and demented power-hungry girl, of a once-human boy made of chocolate, of dead girls and a Russian boy who can steal bodies and come back to life, of a boy who can turn into a hideous monster at will, of ghostly cities of majestic buildings long gone, and of a fascinating world of countless unexplored mysteries and spine-tingling
♥ Susan
Love it. Sad to see it end. Hope for life beyond the trilogy?
Jun 24, 2011 Thomas rated it it was amazing
Everfound is one of those books you really want to write a fantastic review for. The kind of book which, after you've turned the last page and finished digesting the final words, you want to tell everyone about. The kind that you find yourself grasping for straws to explain, stumbling over nothing but your lack of adequate vocabulary to express its perfection.

Or maybe I'm just tongue-tied. That's not the point, though.

I won't bother with explaining the story - it's just too complicated and intri

***An open letter to Neal Shusterman (please pardon me while I squee my head off):

Dear Mr. Shusterman (or can I be so bold as to call you Neal?) After completing the Skinjacker Trilogy I do feel like we are old friends and maybe even knew each other in a previous life. Also, I could kiss you smack on the lips and that seems to call for a first-name familiarity.

My first introduction to the Everl
Jun 22, 2011 Amber rated it it was amazing

Jun 01, 2011 Seth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-books

OHMYOHMYOHMY. This book was SO FREAKIN GOOD. I finished it just this morning, and I pretty much haven't stopped thinking about it all day. Let me first just tell you some things about Neal Shusterman--HOLY FREAKIN MONGRELS!!!! He's a genius of EPIC PROPORTIONS. I've read a lot of his books (Skinjacker Trilogy, Unwind, Bruiser, Downsiders, The Dark Side of Nowhere, Full Tilt, both Antsy books, and I *think* that's it) and EACH a
Aug 18, 2011 Melanie rated it it was amazing
This book was epic. There's no other way to put it, it was an absolutely epic ending to a really awesome series. It's quite a bit thicker than the first two books, but it's worth every page. The plot was intense, and gives you quite a chill at times. With the back-and-forth war with Mary and Allie/Nick/Jix/others deciding the fate of everyone-the living and the dead. It was also quite funny at times too. Neal Shusterman's world is as exquisite and spell-bounding, yet terrifying and dark. Mary ...more
Afton Nelson
Jun 03, 2011 Afton Nelson rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I think this book tried to do too much. Too much story, too much detail, too many characters, too many plot lines. It's almost as if the series could have gone on for 2 or 3 more books, but the author decided to cram them into one, just to be done with it. Favorite characters had to take a backseat to the development on new ones. There was information overload both in reminding the reader of the world building from past books as well as introducing new concepts. Some of the details seemed lazy. ...more
C P  Cabaniss
Neal Shusterman knows how to write captivating and fascinating stories. This was a wonderful conclusion to an intriguing story with beautiful characters, a unique and complex world, and plenty of discussion regarding love and morals.

All of the characters get an ending. Some of them very satisfying and other bittersweet. The main conflict from the three novels is finally resolved. There are more places and things in Everlost from history that make me laugh and picture what this world would be li
Aug 18, 2016 Josiah rated it it was amazing
“In short, there are mysteries of science and of soul that will never be understood no matter how hard we measure, no matter how strongly we believe, no matter how deep our think tanks and how high our aspirations. But as anyone will tell you—for we all know this within our hearts —the impossible happens and grand cosmic mysteries are solved on a regular basis, although most of the time the solutions lead to even greater mysteries.”

Everfound, pp. 488-489

Trilogies in young-adult literature
Robin (Bridge Four)
Aug 18, 2013 Robin (Bridge Four) rated it it was amazing
Trilogies usually go one of two ways for me. I’m either disappointed that the author didn’t tie up a loose ends and rushes the story so it doesn’t feel completed, which is disappointing. Or at the end of the spectrum everything is done nicely and everyone is moving on starting there new lives having triumphed and I want to desperately have another book to find out what happens next. But rarely, just rarely an author is masterful and is able to end the story with you feeling like yes I went ...more
Apr 28, 2011 Rachael rated it it was amazing
It could be the end of the world as they know it. Even though Mary Hightower has yet to be awakened from her glass coffin, her accomplices are doing their best to serve her and her grand plans—bringing the entire world into Everlost. And so Mary’s loyal followers reap new souls by preventing recently deceased children from getting where they were going and ultimately “saving” them. At least, that’s how Mary sees it. But not everyone agrees with her, and it soon becomes apparent that Mary’s crew ...more
Duffy Pratt
Feb 12, 2013 Duffy Pratt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, childrens
I liked this book even more than the first two, and I found the ending almost completely satisfying. Mostly, Shusterman has done a wonderful job at creating a fantastic world, and then filling it with a host of memorable characters, from Ally the Outcast, to Mary Hightower the Skywitch, to Nick the Chocolate Ogre, to Mikey McGill the one true monster of Everlost, and even down to more minor characters like Jix, Jackin Jill, Milos and even ones like Speedo or Moose and Squirrel.

There are points o
Jul 15, 2011 Sean rated it liked it
Everlost was startlingly original, Everwild was just a shade darker and more complex. Everfound is perhaps, too ambitious. I truly enjoyed the book, but this review only covers why I gave it three stars instead of five.

Shusterman takes a huge leap down the dark rabbit hole of sinister children's fiction. It feels too very sudden, too overwhelming. I felt the abundance of plot lines boxed me into choosing one character to truly invest in and treat the rest as tangents. The decidedly more siniste
Matt Oliver
May 20, 2011 Matt Oliver rated it it was amazing
Ever found is a book that when you read it truly makes you think about what is happening in the world. Neal Shusterman plays out the book in a way that appeals to teens, although not in a childish way. It appealed to me because how all of the main characters in this book have a different personality and a certain story to them.
The most intriguing part of this book is how Shusterman talks about basically, a limbo for kids. Many of them are lost and Nick, the protagonist in the story, helps the
Jun 14, 2011 Nurshafiqa rated it it was amazing
i wanted to read this book slowly, relishing in the awesomeness of neal shusterman bit by bit. but i can't. everfound was so damn good. in fact, i skipped class and stayed at home the whole day just to finish it.

one word to describe the final book to the everlost trilogy: amazing. duh. not expecting any less from mr. shusterman. it was like a roller-coaster ride, full of ups and downs. it was thrilling and heart-breaking and exciting and funny and everything a good book is. i even found myself w
Jun 16, 2013 Melanie rated it really liked it
This was the best book of the Everlost series. Maybe coz it has more humour? I dunno but having a baby like Chocolate Ogre was seriously cool. TYhis is the last instalment of the Skinjacker series and it is sooooooooooooooo imaginative. I love how everything clicks up in the end making me feel suprisingly pleased at the end. I said in my last rrview on Everwild that I hated the romance but this is what I also loved about this book. Not everything might be right in the end for Jix, Jill, Allie, ...more
Jan 01, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dont-own
NEEEEED IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Picture  Perfect

This was a 10 star novel out of 5 stars. This book was so so so (infinity goes by) supercalafragilisticexpialadocious (ha. Spelled that wrong). Anyway, so amazing.

Neal Shusterman is out of this world figuratively or perhaps literally considering how well he writes. He's the kind of writer who inspires me so much. I definitely want to meet him.

So a lot of my friends know that I love the Gemma Doyle Trilogy so much. Like way freaking much. So it is considered a compliment when I put the Skinjack
Apr 02, 2011 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me start this review with a confession: I freaking love Neal Shusterman. Absolutely everything of his that I have read I have freaking loved. Not just loved -freaking loved. That's a whole lot of love right there. Even some of the authors that I've been reading for a long time don't have the kind of love. Ever since I read Unwind a few years ago, Neal Schusterman has had a special place in my heart as the king of awesomely haunting, meaningful YA novels that are always worth reading -and the ...more
Aug 22, 2011 kari rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, 2011
The final book in this series ramps up the action much more than the first two books and keeps everything moving forward at a good pace.
One of the things I have to give Shusterman great credit for is bringing in new characters, making them a part of the central action and even a central character while not taking away from the other characters.
The new character of Jix was a great addition and he's more thoughtful than most of the others. He waits and watches until he can figure out which side
Apr 16, 2012 Lynn rated it really liked it
Great book series! It got pretty complicated at times and things are sometimes not what they seem (and then sometimes they are). Again, the characters are diverse and complex. just when you think you have a handle on one, you sometimes get hit with a curveball and have to think about them a new way. Neal Shusterman is excellent at writing his characters and making them wonderfully complex.

I am on the fence about a 4 versus 5 star rating. I think the series as a whole gets a 5 star rating but the
Harold Smithson (Suicide punishable by Death)
Neal Shusterman's trilogy ends with quite the climax plot wise, but falls short on what attracted me to the series.

You see, the main appeal of the Skinjacker trilogy to me isn't the action. I admit part of the attraction is the main villain, who is easily on of the best psychopaths in all of young adult literature, but that isn't the major thing.

Skinjacker, to me, is about character development and atmosphere. Two aspects that the first two books nailed, but the third fell short on. Everfound in
Cheyenne Silvers
Dec 13, 2012 Cheyenne Silvers rated it it was amazing

I'm not going to lie, this book absolutely blew my mind. I'm not sure if it was because I made the mistake of starting it at 11pm and finishing it at 4 or 5am, or just that it was so amazingly mind blowing awesomeness. The summary isn't going to make much sense because you have to read the first two books of the trilogy ( that means you Ms. Moller). But here it goes. The story Resumes with the battle of the deadish moving out west and meeting other after lights. The skinjackers are dividing the
Jun 24, 2011 Wesley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series_favorites
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Jackie Gonzalez
Let me just start by saying that this was the perfect ending to an amazing trilogy! I usually dislike reading the last book of a series because the ending is either lacking or too rushed, however Shusterman did a perfect job with this ending. Although it did not end how I had expected the ending did do justice to the trilogy. One thing that I absolutely loved about this book (but also the trilogy in general) was that no matter how many new characters were introduced they did not take focus away ...more
Everfound ended the Skinjacker trilogy on a high note.
It would not have felt right if it had ended at all like Life on Mars or The Last Battle ended. I'm sure Mary Hightower would not agree with me.
She would also direct you to report me to an authority. But I didn't say how either tv series or book ended! Now I'll have to find something I enjoy and spend the rest of eternity doing it.
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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 ...more
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