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Neverworld Wake

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  12,762 ratings  ·  2,518 reviews
Bee hasn't spoken to her best friends since her boyfriend's mysterious death. Now a year later, she needs to face them. They're beautiful, rich and deadly. She is certain one of them holds the truth about what really happened to Jim.

A whirlwind night leads to a narrowly missed car collision and a sinister man knocking at the door as a storm rages outside, to discover a wor
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Delacorte Press
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Emma Giordano
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Chelsea Humphrey
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Bentley ★
"Sometimes there are no answers,
Sometimes you find love,
Sometimes the dark has teeth,
Sometimes it hides doves.
The one thing you can expect in life,
As you step down its twisted road,
Is that you will be speechless.
Then? Ask someone who knows."

-J. C. Gossamer Madwick, The Dark House at Elsewhere Bend

Be still my heart; Marisha Pessl has done it again! I'm amazed at how she can take such varying genres and subject matter and manage to grasp my attention so thoroughly no matter what she writes about.
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
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Slytherins
...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 friends since the mysterious death of her boyfriend, Jim.

Unable to live with unanswered questions, Bea heads off to ex-BFF Whitley's seaside mansion, Wincroft, to demand some answers.

Basically, Bea and Whitley were part of a super tight group at their private school, comprised of them, Jim, Kipling, Cannon and Martha.

After Jim's death,
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
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!
Apr 28, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf

My thoughts in a nutshell
So... I DNF at 55% I don't know what happened in the end, if somebody share with me I will be happy.

The story is about…
Skip over this point if you don't like the sneak peek.
some young student has a car accident and they stuck in an alternative life called Neverworld. Only one character will survive the others will die.

Why I DNF it? ☹️
The concept has a lot of potentials, but the actual book is a joke. A "new" YA book with a forced romance, again. I'm so pissed.
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
Raeleen Lemay
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
Edward Lorn
Jun 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 wa
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it, 2018, ya
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 alway
Charlotte May
“When there’s a break in the path in front of you and you’re freaked out, you take a running leap and trust that you’ll reach the other side.”

Ok then. So I did enjoy this – it was such an interesting concept. A group of five estranged friends meet up in an old house, but get into a car accident causing them to become trapped in a world between life and death. A Neverworld Wake.

Bee hasn’t spoken to her friends in at least a year (the timescale is unsure) ever since the mysterious death of her
Rachel Bea
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 th
Sara (sarawithoutanH)
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Trina (Between Chapters)
4.5 Great, but deserved a more shocking ending.

Huge content warning for suspected suicide, & repeat suicide attempts/discussion.
April (Aprilius Maximus)
what in the heckin' heck did i just read?
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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’

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
Auntie Terror
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
3.5 stars - somehow hindered by being YA... [Prtf]
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 doo
Merphy Napier

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
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
I am confusion.
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  ·  review of another edition
More like a 3.75 stars
Bentley ★
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Marisha Pessl first impressed me with Night Film when I read that in 2017, and her foray into Young Adult / Science Fiction has wowed me as well!

There is something so compelling about the way that Pessl allows a mystery to unfold. She certainly knows how to draw the reader in from the very first page – or in this case even with this gorgeous cover and evocative title. The thing I love so much about the title of this book is that it m
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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

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“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.

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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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