I think with this book I've probably become a solid Neal Shusterman fan now. I've read three of his books, Unwind, Everlost anMan I love these books.
I think with this book I've probably become a solid Neal Shusterman fan now. I've read three of his books, Unwind, Everlost and now Everwild. I've already requested Everfound from the library. I think my favorite thing about these books is that Shusterman takes the topic of life and death and presents all kinds of interesting scenarios. In Everwild, or rather in the Skinjacker Trilogy we're given a world that is basically limbo for children. When children die, they see a tunnel with a bright light at the end, except that while trying to reach that light lots of children get knocked off their path and end up in Everlost, a world in which things that were destroyed in the living world cross over, and the world these children inhabit.
I'm trying not to give too much away, so this review will be short, but I love that on the topic of life and death Neal Shusterman knows how to throw in interesting ideas without ever making you feel like he's shoving his beliefs down your throat. He's also pretty good at throwing in humor to keep the book from feeling too serious. His method of world-building is pretty fantastic too. He has just the right balance of giving you enough information on Everlost and the Afterlights (the dead children and teens) that inhabit it without giving you too much so the world maintains a sense of mystery. His writing style isn't the most fantastic I've seen in my life, but it's never bad and there are moments where some lines are quite beautiful. The characters of this series are also incredibly interesting, they're all strong characters with flaws that you don't often see in YA. I don't just mean the protagonists either, I mean the villains as well. I enjoy them just as much even if I'm not rooting for them. There's also a nice dash of romance in there as well, and it thankfully doesn't take itself too seriously so it's quite fun to read about.
I recommend these books to just about anyone. It's especially great for people like me, who like dystopian novels because we enjoy commentaries on human societies or on human nature and human behavior when put into a setting very different from our own. ...more
I love the way that L.A. Meyer writes female characters, and I love that he adds plenty of female friendship/camaraderie. It's rare in YA for a protagI love the way that L.A. Meyer writes female characters, and I love that he adds plenty of female friendship/camaraderie. It's rare in YA for a protagonist to have *one* female friend, let alone several, since they're usually written off as mean, one-dimensional girls bent on being mean to the protagonist for no reason.
I particularly love that this book focused on the girls of Jacky's school, rather than having her by herself with a bunch of crewmen again. Not that I hate, but it was an interesting change. By far, this is probably my favorite of the series. ...more