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Neverworld Wake

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  7,820 ratings  ·  1,685 reviews
Once upon a time, back at Darrow-Harker School, Beatrice Hartley and her five best friends were the cool kids, the beautiful ones. Then the shocking death of Jim - their creative genius and Beatrice's boyfriend - changed everything.

One year after graduation, Beatrice is returning to Wincroft - the seaside estate where they spent so many nights sharing secrets, crushes, pla
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Delacorte Press
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Emma Giordano
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! I managed to remain intrigued throughout the entire story. So many twists and turns. A great first young adult novel from Marisha Pessl!

CW: death, murder, suicide, depression

If you’re going into this book expected a young adult rendition of Night Film, don’t pick this one up. Neverworld Wake does retain a similar air of mystery to Night Film, but other than that, the story is entirely different.

I really enjoyed the world of Neverworld Wake. I expected this novel to h
Apr 26, 2017 rated it liked it
hm. yeah, i think i am going to stick with a flat three on this one. it’s a shame, because i was looking forward to this with hearts in my eyes and a quiver in my loins and i even got a sweet signed copy, but while it is a thoroughly enjoyable, medium book, it stays right there in the middle.

in the positive column, pessl makes the transition to YA very well - this is perfectly suited for its audience and the pacing, the themes, the characters, the nonlinear structural juggernaut are all comparab
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was REALLY cool. Like, way cooler than I expected it to be. Definitely recommend if you're interested in a YA thriller that thinks outside the box!
Chelsea Humphrey
Nov 04, 2017 marked it as dnf-paused
Unfortunately I just haven’t been able to make it past the 50 page mark in this one, so I’m gonna have to put it aside and see if I can push through at a later date. 😔☹ ...more
Raeleen Lemay
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Read for Popsugar's 2018 Reading Challenge #23: A Book About Time Travel

Let me start out by saying I don't think this is a bad book, as I think it was pretty clever and unique in a lot of ways, but the plot and characters just didn't appeal to me AT ALL. So I would recommend this to people who like time travel and mystery/thrillers, as the main focus of the book is the characters trying to solve the mystery of their friend's death.

So, this book sort of reads like All You Need is Kill (or Edge of
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
...time for you has become snagged on a splinter, forming a closed-circuited potentiality called a Neverworld Wake.

Bea Hartley has been estranged from her closest friends since the mysterious death of her boyfriend, Jim. Unable to live with unanswered questions any longer, Bea heads off to ex-BFF Whitley's seaside mansion, Wincroft, to demand the answers she seeks.

Basically, Bea and Whitley were part of a super tight group at their private school, Darrow, which was comprised of them, Jim, Kip
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was absolutely captivated by the synopsis for this book initially. It had intrigue, mystery and sounded dark. My kinda thing!

I won’t give too much of the plot away since it’s always best to go in blind with these types of books.
It’s safe to say, the plot pulled me in. The mystery surrounding it had me turning the pages and what kept me reading. The writing did an amazing job at making me envision the world quite vividly.

However, the characters fell flat for me. There was no substance to them
ELLIAS (elliasreads)
We are all anthologies. We are each thousands of pages long, filled with fairy tales and poetry, mysteries and tragedy, forgotten stories in the back no one will ever read.

I feel like a lot of people going into this book will come in with high expectations and somewhat of a buzz, especially if one has already read Marisha Pessl's raved thriller, Night Film. I think a lot of people going in will expect something.....else, but will end up with something different, instead.

This book was so biz
Edward Lorn
Jun 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
The first thing you need to know, before I type anything else, is that this book is not bad because it's YA. This book is bad because it's bad. Period.

It is with a heavy heart that I must deem this book a complete failure. I've thought about it for the past few days (the book only took two days to read) and I've come to the conclusion that I wasted my time reading it. There are several reasons for this, and I'm going to try and be level-headed, because I'm a huge (fucking massive) fan of Marisha
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-mystery
This book truly messed up my mind. Flew through it because I just had to know what happened!
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own-it, ya, 2018
There's really nothing I would change about this book, and I couldn't put it down. That's why it gets 5 stars from me.

I had heard pretty mixed reviews about this one from a lot of book reviewers & friends I follow online, so maybe going in with low expectations helped my reading of it? Either way, I thought that Marisha Pessl did an absolutely fantastic job of telling a very complex and confusing story in a way that is never hard to read or understand. Like seriously, how did she manage to a
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Sara (sarawithoutanH)
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
What I liked about this book is that Marisha Pessl managed to tell a complex story that could've easily been confusing in a very succinct and beautiful way (I will always love her writing). The mythology of the neverworld wake was very out there but she managed to keep the story grounded. I really enjoyed the characters - at first glance, they seem simple and a bit tropey, but, as you read on, you quickly find that they have layers and deeper motivations for what they do. If you go into this sto ...more
Trina (Between Chapters)
4.5 Great, but deserved a more shocking ending.

Huge content warning for suspected suicide, & repeat suicide attempts/discussion.
I don't usually write long reviews, but I started to type up everything that was annoying me about this book, so here you go.

Yeah, it's rambling and whatever. I'm just so disappointed that the author of one of my favorite books (Night Film) wrote this...

The Plot
I noticed a lot of people were anticipating this book because they think it's a boarding school supernatural mystery. It's not. The characters did go to a boarding school and that's how they know each other, but nothing takes place ther
April (Aprilius Maximus)
what in the heckin' heck did i just read?
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star
Trust me, no one is more disappointed than I am right now.

Considering that Night Film is one of my top three books of all time, I was so excited to get my hands on an early copy of Pessl’s third novel.

I didn’t hate it, and I was engaged throughout the book. However, I think this could have been so much more, which is why I’m coming away feeling more disappointed than anything.

The Plot

I went into this having absolutely no clue what this was about other than that the blurb sounded weird, so I’m

Marisha Pessl’s third book is her first offering not only in the young adult genre but also science fiction, and it’s a success. The story is a balanced blend of the solid (a murder-mystery element) and the fantastical (the “Neverworld” sci-fi element, also a mystery).

Pessl has proven herself a masterful writer who goes above and beyond in her work. Although Neverworld Wake is modest compared to her Special Topics in Calamity Physics and Night Film--it doesn’t contain illus
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018
I am confusion.
Karima chermiti
It’s so easy to hate the pretty one, worship the genius, love the rock star, trust the good girl.
That’s never their only story.
We are all anthologies. We are each thousands of pages long, filled with fairy tales and poetry, mysteries and tragedy, forgotten stories in the back no one will ever read.

Neverworld Wake confirmed it for me, Marisha Pessl is one of a kind. No one writes atmospheric, spooky and powerful profound story with a thought-provoking ending and memorable sense of doom like s
Merphy Napier
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it

What I liked:
- really really fun. Especially the middle where things really got going, I had a lot of fun watching the characters relive the same day in so many different ways. Causing chaos, trying to figure out how to get out without having to cause the others to die, solving the mystery... I feel like they went through the progression that so many others would have gone though. And it was cool seeing them trying to make the most of their situation and then falling into a desparation to ge
Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
Plot: 2.5 stars
Narrator: 4 stars

I am not sure if I would have had a different experience with the story had I chose to read it versus listen to it; there was too much going on. I found myself losing interest and it was almost a DNF had I not wanted to figure out what the heck was going on.

I will preface my review with: I typically do not read supernatural and found myself feeling the story was a bit farfetched, but still with a rather interesting concept so I was intrigued. I know I need to make
I really enjoyed this book. It was well-crafted and you can tell it was thought out right down to every detail.

The reason why it lost a star is that it was a little hard to get into. I had to read the first few chapters before I was really invested with the story.

Highly recommend!
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
More like a 3.75 stars
Bill Kupersmith
Though generically a YA, Neverworld Wake should appeal to older readers; it certainly does to this one. It is the book that I’d waited for Marisha Pessl to write, a school-story version of Donna Tartt’s The Secret History with teen-aged characters and set in New England. Pessl has delivered the whole shooting match. Five BFs, graduates of Darrow School in Rhode Island, have a reunion the summer after their first year in college: the wealthy Whitley and her boy friend Cannon, Martha a science gee ...more
Charlotte May
Apr 16, 2019 marked it as library-loans  ·  review of another edition
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Mari (Hilly)
3.5 stars?

This book was so weird that I still don’t know which genre this is or what the book was actually about.
It was really addicting as the story is divided into three parts that each have an introduction, plot arch and a semi-resolution, so it’s easy to identify the structure of what is happening.

However I found that the actual story was a bit vague in some points. I don’t know if this is the right way to describe it, but some details weren’t that clear. For example I still don’t get why t
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Marisha Pessl grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, and now lives in New York City. Special Topics in Calamity Physics, her debut novel, was a bestseller in both hardcover and paperback. It won the 2006 John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize (now the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize), and was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review. Her ...more
“We are all anthologies. We are each thousands of pages long, filled with fairy tales and poetry, mysteries and tragedy, forgotten stories in the back no one will ever read.” 28 likes
“I saw very little as it truly was. But that was what Martha taught me. We swear we see each other, but all we are ever able to make out is a tiny porthole view of an ocean. We think we remember the past as it was, but our memories are as fantastic and flimsy as dreams. It's so easy to hate the pretty one, worship the genius, love the rock star, trust the good girl.

That's never their only story.

We are all anthologies. We are each thousands of pages long, filled with fairy tales and poetry, mysteries and tragedy, forgotten stories in the back no one will ever read.

The most we can do is hold out our hands and help each other across the unknown. For in our held hands we find pathways through the dark, across jungles and cities, bridges suspended over the deepest caverns of this world. Your friends will walk with you, holding on with all their might, even when they're no longer there.”
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