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Everlost, the limbo land of dead children, is at war. Nick the “Chocolate Ogre” wants to help the children of Everlost reach the light at the end of the tunnel. Mary Hightower, self-proclaimed queen of lost children and dangerous fanatic, is determined to keep Everlost’s children trapped within its limbo for all eternity. Traveling in the memory of the Hindenburg, Mary is spreading her propaganda and attracting Afterlights to her cause at a frightening speed.

Meanwhile, Allie the Outcast travels home to seek out her parents, along with Mikey, who was once the terrifying monster the McGill. Allie is tempted by the seductive thrill of skinjacking the living, until she discovers the shocking truth about skinjackers.

432 pages, Hardcover

First published November 10, 2009

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Neal Shusterman

84 books24.5k followers
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 movie script.

In the years since, Neal has made his mark as a successful novelist, screenwriter, and television writer. As a full-time writer, he claims to be his own hardest task-master, always at work creating new stories to tell. His books have received many awards from organizations such as the International Reading Association, and the American Library Association, as well as garnering a myriad of state and local awards across the country. Neal's talents range from film directing (two short films he directed won him the coveted CINE Golden Eagle Awards) to writing music and stage plays – including book and lyrical contributions to “American Twistory,” which is currently playing in Boston. He has even tried his hand at creating Games, having developed three successful "How to Host a Mystery" game for teens, as well as seven "How to Host a Murder" games.

As a screen and TV writer, Neal has written for the "Goosebumps" and “Animorphs” TV series, and wrote the Disney Channel Original Movie “Pixel Perfect”. Currently Neal is adapting his novel Everlost as a feature film for Universal Studios.

Wherever Neal goes, he quickly earns a reputation as a storyteller and dynamic speaker. Much of his fiction is traceable back to stories he tells to large audiences of children and teenagers -- such as his novel The Eyes of Kid Midas. As a speaker, Neal is in constant demand at schools and conferences. Degrees in both psychology and drama give Neal a unique approach to writing. Neal's novels always deal with topics that appeal to adults as well as teens, weaving true-to-life characters into sensitive and riveting issues, and binding it all together with a unique and entertaining sense of humor.

Of Everlost, School Library Journal wrote: “Shusterman has reimagined what happens after death and questions power and the meaning of charity. While all this is going on, he has also managed to write a rip-roaring adventure…”

Of What Daddy Did, Voice of Youth Advocates wrote; "This is a compelling, spell-binding story... A stunning novel, impossible to put down once begun.

Of The Schwa Was Here, School Library Journal wrote: “Shusterman's characters–reminiscent of those crafted by E. L. Konigsburg and Jerry Spinelli–are infused with the kind of controlled, precocious improbability that magically vivifies the finest children's classics.

Of Scorpion Shards, Publisher's Weekly wrote: "Shusterman takes an outlandish comic-book concept, and, through the sheer audacity and breadth of his imagination makes it stunningly believable. A spellbinder."

And of The Eyes of Kid Midas, The Midwest Book Review wrote "This wins our vote as one of the best young-adult titles of the year" and was called "Inspired and hypnotically readable" by School Library Journal.

Neal Shusterman lives in Southern California with his children Brendan, Jarrod, Joelle, and Erin, who are a constant source of inspiration!

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304 reviews614 followers
May 11, 2016
Not all books suffer the dreaded second book curse. Most of the time, especially in YA series/trilogies, the second book will always be the most dreaded one. Shusterman managed to create a terrific novel. A great successor to Everlost.

The novel continues with three different voices. We have Mary, Allie, and Nick. Naturally we tend to have favorites when it comes to novels with different voices, and I also have my own in this novel. I liked Allie's adventure more because I'm really interested with her ability to skinjack. It's great that the author expounds on her ability in this novel, and I learned a lot more about it.

The author didn't disappoint with the plot and character development. The only thing that bothered me was the fact that this novel is 100+ pages longer, and there are some dull moments here and there. Forgivable flaws, but the next novel is 200+ pages longer than the first. Hopefully it's a substantial 200+ pages.

4.5/5 stars. I gave this the same rating as the first novel, but honestly I liked this one a lot better. It's still not worthy of a 5-star rating, but it's getting there. Hopefully the last novel in the trilogy would be just as good as this, if not better.
Profile Image for Brigid ✩.
581 reviews1,821 followers
January 28, 2010
Ohhh my gosh. I don't even know where to begin! Neal Shusterman is basically an amazing genius. I'm surprised he's not more famous. I've seen more people reading Unwind recently, which is good. I hope more people keep reading his books, because they are AWESOME! Unwind is definitely his best, and I don't know if he can ever write anything as shocking and powerful, but Everwild is the closest he's gotten so far.

But before I get to my review of Everwild specifically, I just want to point out the reasons why I love Neal Shusterman in general. First of all, his stories are original. He's one of those authors who takes risks, who doesn't fall back on typical plots. It's not like the whole ghost-person-world thing hasn't been done before, but he has done something truly spectacular with the idea. The worlds he creates – such as the ones in the Skinjacker books, and also in his other books like Unwind and Downsiders – are thought out extremely well, with lots of intricate details that really blow my mind and make his stories so memorable.

Which brings me to my second point: He really knows how to execute a plot. I read so many books where I'm like, "This idea is so cool, I just wish the author had done more with it." This is not the case with Shusterman. Not only does he use a plot to its full potential, but he just goes above and beyond. He never fails to exceed my expectations. Whenever I think the story is getting good, it just gets even better. Like I said, there are so many details in his books that really stick in my mind. He has perfect pace and unexpected plot twists – the kind of story that not only keeps me guessing and glued to the page as much as possible, but the kind of story that keeps me thinking about it and squirming in agony if I can't pick up the book and keep reading (like if I'm, say, in the middle of math class).

Thirdly, his characters are totally awesome. What I especially appreciate about him is that he has the ability to take on a TON of characters in one story, and yet manage to make each of them unique and interesting – even the most minor of characters. Every one of them has individual traits, and a clear personality, and strong motivations/objectives. I can honestly say that I like all the characters, even if it's in a "wow you are so evil that I love you" kind of way. And even then … his characters are very believable in that none of them are truly "evil" because they all think they're doing the right thing.

I also love Shusterman's writing style. I skim most books, but he's one of those authors who makes me hang on every word, and sometimes even re-read parts because they are just so amazingly written. He has that ability to make his writing flow so well, even though it's concise and easy to understand. He doesn't need fancy wording, yet his word choice is perfect and always clearly gets the message across. This is the kind of writing I aspire to write someday. :]

Now. As for the book itself …

AAAAAHHHHH!!! Okay. Well, I must start off by saying that it was better than Everlost. It wasn't that I didn't have high expectations – I always expect the best from Neal Shusterman. But in general, sequels tend to be worse than the first book. I didn't even know there was going to be a sequel to Everlost, so when I found out about Everwild I was both excited and nervous. I thought Neal Shusterman had already done a lot with the plot in the first book. He might have even exhausted it, and would possibly just keep dragging it out. But he did no such thing. Everwild was amazing in so many ways – starting with how much more Shusterman added to the plot and kept it getting more and more shocking. There were so many plot twists that just made me grin evilly or made my brain scream "OHMIFREAKINGGOD! NO WAY!" I love any book that can do that.

And lastly, I just have to say how much I love the character relationships/romances. It's never the typical "boy and girl like each other, la di da" story. There's something very complex, intriguing, and realistic in the relationships between characters. They're not at all shallow and corny. In fact, they're so moving that it seriously brings me to tears. Like, Allie and Mikey … AWWW THEY ARE THE MOST FREAKING ADORABLE THING! <3 And I also love the relationship between Nick and Mary; it's so very complicated and twisted and gaaaahh … I have no words to express.

In short, Neal Shusterman rocks my socks, Everwild is my favorite book of the year so far, and I can not wait for the third Skinjacker book. In fact, I might explode waiting for it to come out. ;)
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150 reviews54 followers
December 23, 2009
The second of a planned trilogy, EVERWILD picks up a unspecified (but probably short) time after Everlost ends. And wow...I thought EVERLOST was good, but EVERLOST blows it out of the water in every way, shape, and form possible... A sequel that was better than the first!

EVERWILD continues the story of Allie and Nick, but their stories diverge as they pursue separate goals; Allie sets off with Mikey to find her parents in hopes that she might put her spirit to rest, while Nick finds himself against Mary Hightower in a race to find and use the lost children of, well, Everlost, for their own plans. Along the way, we are introduced to several new and unique characters that make the book that much more awesome.

Honestly, I don't think I could possibly give EVERWILD a summary worthy of its content. The summary above is only the beginning of a long and thrilling adventure. Shusterman wowed me beyond belief with his unending talent and beautiful writing, and it's clear that he pays meticulous attention to every aspect of the story. EVERWILD is a very layered book and each subplot is as interesting as the next. There are no dull moments, and I was very pulled into the story and experienced suspense and excitement and nervousness and thrills right alongside the characters. Shusterman manages to pack adventure, action, suspense, and comedy into one superb novel.

In EVERWILD, Shusterman delves deeper into the personalities of the main characters, whom are mainly Allie, Nick, and Mary. Allie and Nick are clearly protagonists, and very interesting ones at that, but I loved how Shusterman had a character like Mary, whom you couldn't be sure was truly evil or not and seemed insane yet sane, twisted yet not... The new characters were a delight; some were endearing well others gave off a rather sinister vibe.

There is only one complaint I had with EVERWILD: it had to end. I was so enthralled with everything that was happening that I was devastated when it ended. On a very cliffhanger-ish scene. But at the same time that's wonderful because it means that there is going to be more to this wonder-filled series!

A definite favourite for me and a book I'm going to recommend to everyone I know!
Profile Image for Thomas.
1,456 reviews8,553 followers
February 6, 2010
This book is now my favorite book. Ever. I think I need a good night's sleep before I can begin to describe it.

Okay, now I think I’m ready for this.
Everwild is the most phenomenal book I have ever read. Shusterman has successfully combined the most original plot, the highest level of writing, and the greatest characters into one terrific story. If your opinion of a book is easily swayed by others' opinions or reviews, I would stop reading this review right now. Pick up a copy of Everlost, the first book in the Skinjacker series, instead. If you’ve already read Everlost, then find a copy of Everwild IMMEDIATELY.

Moving on… I don’t think I can express how much I loved Everwild in mere words. But I’ll try.

I don’t think I can count of my fingers how many times I’ve said an author has a “gift” for writing. Well, if other authors have a gift for writing, then Neal Shusterman was born to write. He just possesses raw talent and an amazing imagination. In terms of character development, plot, and writing (which basically covers all the components of a book) I don’t think I can name an author that can craft a story better than Shusterman.

His characters are truly flawless. Not flawless, as in having no flaws, but flawless as in their depth and description. Each of his characters is fleshed out to their maximum potency and it doesn’t even stop there. They have all the things that make human beings, Human Beings. Desire, Guilt, and Love - just to name a few. Nick, Mikey, Allie, and even Mary will pull you into their motivations and unobstructed ideals. What is even more amazing about Shusterman’s characters is that absolutely none of them share any resemblances with the common stereotypes, like the Mary Sue or the Unreasonably Evil Antagonist. They are just so well thought out and I have come to love each of them.

Shusterman weaves magnificent writing and addictive plot together in Everwild. The writing was pure gold. I clung to every single word, and wanted to tear the book apart to know what was going to happen next. There wasn’t a lot of advanced vocabulary that I had to go look up in the dictionary, but the way Shusterman writes is perfection already – he writes concisely, beautifully, and passionately enough to convey his message or the character’s emotions so strongly it’s just mind-blowing. I can name numerous pages that made me want to cry just because of how much I loved the writing: 259-265, 172-176, THE LAST PAGE, etc.

And finally, the plot. A lot of times when I read this book I would just stop and think,” This is SO brilliant. Where does he get all his ideas from?” I think Shusterman has a limitless imagination that extends beyond the realms of human thought, because each of his books are so individual and powerful in their story. There was NOTHING in Everwild that pertained to the usual young adult fare. There was no sex, no cursing, no vampires, no abusive parents, no drugs, etc. It was all pure fantasy, and fantasy at its’ best. I literally could not put the book down after I read maybe the first chapter. Everything in the story flowed so well – all the foreshadowing and the reveals were perfectly placed and executed with gusto. I can see just how many things could have gone wrong if the Skinjacker trilogy was placed in the hands of another author.

So. This is really the type of book that makes me want to be a writer when I grow up. :)
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850 reviews143 followers
March 22, 2020
All of our leading players are now scattered across Everlost. Allie along with Mikey is on her way to Memphis to find her family and learns the ins and outs of skinjacking from others who know how. Nick, now known as the Chocolate Ogre, is hellbent on stopping Mary Hightower and sending children across Everlost into the light. While still a mostly lighthearted book, there were some moments of depth, such as Zin's ability to rip things out of Everlost or the dark nature of skinjacking. Quite a unique story and well told.
Profile Image for Nərmin.
534 reviews168 followers
November 22, 2019
The plot is crazy.
Plot twists are crazy.
Mary is crazy.

I loved most of the things in the book. The ideas, the complex plot, the interesting characters, the writing style...
I am so hungry for the next book that I can't wait to get my hands on it.
I wish it didn't end on a cliffhanger. Wonderful books don't get 5 stars because of those cliffhanger endings... Why, Neal Shusterman, why should you turn into Rick Riordan?
And also, I wasn't the fan of Nick/Mary romance... Allie and Micky were okay, but Mary with Nick? Nope. Not saying that Mary is a bad character...But she sure is one immoral crazy witch.
And that Milos....Gosh I hate him!

Jumping to the next book! Wish me luck!
Profile Image for Lynn.
1,140 reviews69 followers
April 8, 2012
You can tell that Neal Shusterman studied psychology in college. He does such a good job with his characters, diving into ethics and the morality of kids at different ages/stages. He doesn't write stereotypical, cliched or 2-D "bad" guys. He makes them human and often shows you how they went down the roads they do. He also dives into the "good" guys and shows us their mistakes too, making sure things are never black and white. He can turn a situation on a dime, surprising both his readers and I think his characters too.

In this book he tackles, amongst other things, zealotry and some of the ways a person who used to be "good" might go down that road. The stakes are higher in this book and the tension is cranked. There are just as many surprises as in the first book. I was tense reading it, dreading where it was going but knowing it would be an interesting ride. I know that this will probably be my experience with the next book because of the way this one leaves off.

I keep putting quotes around the terms good and bad because Neal Shusterman is really good at making these kinds of things grey or not so perfectly clear. While we root for and against certain characters and situations no one tends to be very static with only making good or bad choices.

This is a book I definitely hope my kids will read as there is so much to discuss. Neal Shusterman is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors!
Profile Image for Eve.
223 reviews12 followers
January 1, 2019
4.5, rounded up because a couple parts blew me away.

I had to reread the first book first, because when I started the second one I found I didn't remember much about the first one. I'm very glad I did refresh my memory! The second book does reiterate some things you learn in the first book, but it was still really nice to get the whole thing again before reading this one.

There's some great character development in Everwild. I will say a couple characters shocked me and kept me guessing, but they are all really well-rounded and well-formed. No stereotypes or cliches here!

There is a reveal in this book that shook me to my core! I had no idea it was coming, and it's a large part of why I'm rounding this up to 5 stars. I am now theorizing/wondering how it will play out in the third book, and I'm super excited for the possibilities!

Another thing I really loved was the old lady/corsage chapter (chapter 23, Severance and Blithe). I just sat there at the end of the chapter, blinking back tears. It was so incredibly moving and I wasn't expecting this little vignette but it may have been my favorite part of the book.

I'm really looking forward to reading the conclusion of the series! I thought this series wouldn't be as interesting as the Unwind series because it does feel geared towards younger people, but this book really hooked me, even if the first one didn't as much.
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43 reviews4 followers
March 3, 2021
I'm impressed with how much better the second installment felt than the first. The dark aspects I was longing for in the first book were delivered in the second. And I don't think I've groaned and been annoyed by a villain this much since Dolores Umbridge.
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1,238 reviews17 followers
October 11, 2022


Mary is one scary lady! Not only does she want to rule Everwild, she was willing to do whatever it took to get back there when she was forced out! Terrifying. That girl has some scary plans! I couldn't believe when she was willing to side with Jill after she learned what she was really doing to collect new souls (well I could, but it was such an awful thing she was doing!).

Mikey has learned more about his "superpower" and honestly it's pretty cool. I love that Allie is completely supportive of it, too. He knows exactly how scary he can be, so he was very afraid that she would reject him when she found out.

Allie has learned more about her origins and her current family (my heart breaks for her). I know she didn't expect what she learned about to be the truth, so that had to have been a pretty big blow for her. Although, it was good to learn about her mom and dad.

Nick went full chocolate ogre. Well, full chocolate ghost boy; ogre doesn't really fit his personality. His personal mission is much better than Mary's, too. You can definitely see the difference in their plans, even though both of them are, in a way, controlling the little afterlights futures. Nick, however, really does want the best for the little afterlights, where Mary wants to be their overlord.

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195 reviews4 followers
August 11, 2010
Let me firstly say that I do not like how Nick has turned out since the end of “Everlost”. Secondly, I still firmly believe that Mary is a witch, and I really hope that instead of coming to Everlost once again she actually goes down the tunnel.

Lastly, I was entirely far too angry that Zinnia is not part of Everlost anymore. In “Everlost” I grew very fond of Lief. In “Everwild” I grew very fond of Zinnia. Both times the characters have been put out. It’s beginning to get annoying.

Because I dislike Mary so much, I went so far as to skip the entirety of Part 3 because it only deals with her. That’s the downside to this book – you can skip it/scan it and still know what is happening for the rest of the book. I was more than a little deflated when I realized that.

Although it pales when compared to its prequel, “Everwild” is still a damn good book. Even more so if you don’t so adversely despise some of the characters. In fact, I am now firmly rooted in the belief that if I suddenly forget what I was about to say, a skinjacker briefly body-surfed through me.

People look at me strange for that. It’s all good.
Profile Image for C.P. Cabaniss.
Author 4 books95 followers
July 9, 2015
This novel was just as fascinating as the first. It's well written and has an intriguing world. We get answers about skinjackers and what they can do as well as why, we meet a ripper who can not only pull things from the living world but put them back.

Nick still has the most development to me. Allie was a bit annoying in parts, but I really enjoyed her developing along the way. Mary is even more creepy than before and reading about her just fives me shivers.

The ending of this left us with plenty of questions without being extremely frustrating. The very end was the creepiest, most disturbing scene of all.
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652 reviews114 followers
March 8, 2016
He tardado más en leer este libro porque he tenido que hacer muchas cosas y no he tenido tiempo, además de acabar otro antes. Desde luego las páginas se me pasaban volando, el autor ha conseguido meterme otra vez en el mundo de Everlost y disfrutarlo. Los personajes antiguos y los nuevos me han seguido encantando. Quizás me han chirríado un poco la parte romántica, que ha sido un parte muy secundaria de la historia. Con un ritmo frenético este libro me ha gustado mucho, y me ha dejado con muchas ganas de leer el tercero y último de la trilogía.
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1,323 reviews153 followers
February 3, 2017
This series is very inventive! I thought Everwild was even better than Everlost. Neil Shusterman has created a world that is full of wonder and disturbing events, sprinkled with just the right amount of humor. It's written in such a sweet, innocent way, that the disturbing things some of the characters do seem to creep up on you, and are all the more shocking because of it. I can’t wait to read the next book.
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251 reviews43 followers
July 9, 2020
I loved Mikey's parts in particular, how could Allie do him like that? :'( Mary is annoyin, and Nick is his usual foolish self. Really enjoyed his one.
484 reviews30 followers
August 5, 2011
Everwild continues the story of young Nick (also known as the Chocolate Ogre) and Allie the Outcast, two children who died in a car accident but instead of passing over to the next life, they became trapped in an eerie in-between known only as Everlost. In Everlost, children's souls, called Afterlights, wander the world in search of purpose and leadership while watching the living world continue around them in a blur.

Since Nick's defeat of Mary Hightower in Everlost, Mary has decided to strengthen her influence on the Afterlights of Everlost and expand her control. She takes every opportunity to slander Nick, calling him an ogre and claiming that he is killing young Afterlights. Mary uses her toxic, infectious influence to build an army to take on Nick and his followers. Nick retaliates by building an army of his own. Meanwhile, Allie learns more about her unique ability to "skinjack" or possess a living being and uses it to find her family in the living world -only to discover a shocking revelation.

Filled with plenty of unexpected twists, fully-developed characters and a unique and engaging plot, Everwild is a phenomenal novel. Schusterman's writing is spot on -not too many details, but enough to set an eerie, unsettling tone that fits the world of Everlost perfectly. I was a little surprised that this is meant to be a YA novel since it can be incredibly dark at points, but these moments are what enhance the characters and help give them a life of their own.

I read this entire book in one day -I just couldn't stop. Schusterman hooked me from the very first page until the very last, and after such a shocking ending, I'll be hooked until the final novel hits shelves.
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710 reviews8 followers
October 2, 2014
Tämä trilogia vie minulta yöunet, kun en malta laskea näitä käsistäni. Everwild oli jopa vielä parempi kuin Everlost, vaikka oli huomattavasti synkempi. Edelleenkään kirjassa ei juuri ole väkivaltaa, vaikka pelottavan uhka on koko ajan läsnä ja juoni on kynsiäpureskeltavan jännittävä.

Näissä kirjoissa kuvataan elämää kuoleman jälkeen, sitä kuinka jotkut kuolleet palaavat kukin tavallaan elävien joukkoon ja sitä, kuinka Everlostin lapset pärjäävät, kukin tavallaan, elämän ja kuoleman välimaastossa.

Everlost on muokannut kirjan päähenkilöistä entistä mielenkiintoisempia, Allie oppii lisää skinjackingistä, elävien ihmisten ruumiiden kaappaamisesta, Nickin suklaatahra on levinnyt lähes koko pojan päälle, Marystä on muotoutumassa todellinen Sky Witch, uskomaton Everlostin pahis, joka kerää uusia lapsia joukkoihinsa valloittaakseen maailman ja the McGill-hirviö on jälleen valloillaan. Lisäksi joukossa on entisiä ja uusia henkilöitä, joiden tekoset vaikuttavat asioiden kulkuun. Neal Shusterman on antanut mielikuvituksensa jälleen laukata ja juoni elää aivan omaa, arvaamatonta elämäänsä. Everwild tarkoittaa Everlostin tuntemattomia paikkoja. Allie lähtee Memphisiin etsimään vanhempiaan ja muutkin lapset ovat liikekannalla. Matkaa tehdään elävien ihmisten ruumiissa, aavehevosella, aavejunassa ja Hindenburg-ilmalaivalla. Lapset löytävät uusia paikkoja, mutta Mempihistä länteen ei kukaan pääse, koska siellä puhaltaa mahdoton tuuli, jota aavelapset eivät voi ohittaa.

Vaikka kirjalla on hitaahko alku, siinä tapahtuu todella paljon kaikkea, seikkailuita, jännitystä ja erikoisia juonenkäänteitä. Shusterman lisää jatkuvasti uusia mausteita ja lukija ei voi kuin vain ihmetellä, minne juoni seuraavaksi johtaa. Lämpimästi suosittelen tätä trilogiaa fantastisen ystäville.

Profile Image for Jessica Vazquez.
102 reviews9 followers
April 23, 2018
le falto algo de acción, pero sigue muy entretenido, me gusta el mundo que creo. Esa Mary es una loquilla y a Allí la quería ahorcar, pero va bien.
Profile Image for Clare Carter.
Author 2 books28 followers
July 26, 2020
So this book is definitely 3 stars, but Mikey (my fav) did some cool stuff at the end so I bumped it up just for him. This series is definitely super interesting and compelling just like all of the other Neal Shusterman books I've read, but I just honestly??? like don't like a lot of the characters at all lol. Like in Unwind I love the characters so even when they do stupid shit I'm still invested, but in this book Allie would be dumb and I would be like "guess who doesn't carreeeeeee?? ME" But luckily Mickey is helping me out haha.

Anyway, this is still my least favorite series by Shusterman, but still super readable and just good. He's a GOOD writer okay. I will absolutely be finishing the trilogy.
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38 reviews1 follower
August 2, 2020
Hehe, I kinda took forever to read this. Anyway, I think this book was really interesting because there were many characters, which means that there would be a switch in the setting and the “perspective" of the story depending on the chapter. It confused me sometimes because there was SO MUCH going on, but the end of the book wasn’t really a proper ending, which made me start the next book, Everfound, right after. I think that in this book, we’re introduced to more of the wonders of this world between life and death, and we get to know more about this strange place.
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57 reviews2 followers
July 2, 2021
This book took me awhile to read but toward the end I really got into it. I had a lot of mixed emotions reading it. I wanted to quit reading the book when one of the characters got over bearing and drunk on power when she thought she was “saving” children. The only other thing I can say is that I really hope 2 of the characters will get together and be happy in the end of the next book.
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Author 21 books115 followers
September 19, 2022
This is, like, a 3.5? Idk. It was fun. I didn’t love it as much as book one, but it’s also the second book in a series so that’s not too surprising. It was a classic Schusterman and I really enjoyed some of his reveals. He’s always so creative.
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1,902 reviews152 followers
April 18, 2018
Good second book in the trilogy.
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318 reviews27 followers
July 29, 2018
La razón detrás del skinjacking. I applaud you, Mr. Shusterman.
December 5, 2018
J'ai adoré lire la suite de cette aventure où les morts sont rois. Une excellente suite remplie d'action et intrigue avec juste assez te romance. J'ai encore une fois aimé me laisser surprendre par les tournant inattendu de cette histoire. J'ai bien hâte de lire la suite et la conclusion de cette trilogie.
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12 reviews
November 4, 2012
I couldn't stop!!!! even better than the first one! It was so addicting! Danny Rozelli was so cute... I hate Milos he makes me sick! Ha Mary is Alive!!!!!! but then Milos kills her again to get her back (which is very bad) I HAVE TO READ THE NEXT ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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290 reviews18 followers
April 9, 2010
A gripping, incredible sequel to Everlost and an extremely worthy middle novel that broadens the scope of Shusterman's afterlife world to epic proportions.

The characters of the first book are scattered now, each group with its own mission. Mary Hightower has become the Sky Witch, scouring Everlost for the souls of children to "save." Nick, immortalized as the Chocolate Ogre, fights against the consuming memory of chocolate in order to oppose everything Mary stands for, hoping to save Afterlights in a very different way. And Allie the Outcast has become a wandering finder, accompanied by Mikey, who was once the monstrous McGill. But Mary's plans grow darker every day, Nick is a leader without much direction, and Allie has some terrible lessons to learn about her bewitching skill of skinjacking.

But for each of these groups, the untamed Everwild is waiting to be explored. There are new characters, some allies, some enemies, most falling into both camps at one time another: the fiery Confederate ecto-ripper Zin, suave skinjacker Milos and his gang, power-hungry would-be-gangster Pugsy Malone.

And of course nearly everyone from Everlost returns, to the point where I felt so happy to be reuniting with them it was like coming back to old friends. Everyone has their own right and wrong, their own goals and motives. And more importantly, character flaws and weaknesses abound as well. They may be trapped between life and death, but these characters are so real. It is so easy to like and hate them, to feel pride and love and loathing at what they do. Shusterman's writing is a perfect mix of "show" and "tell," his dry wit showing through most often in sly allusions to the real world and its connections to Everlost. Some of these allusions, however, as in the previous novel, are downright touching, and the author also has a gift for stating truly emotional comments and scenes in a simple style that makes them all the more meaningful.

The complexity of Everlost itself is not the most impressive thing, however. That's the relationships between the characters. In the end, the denizens of Everlost form a shifting, twisted, beautifully human web of interconnected feelings. For me, the complicated, unorthodox, and stunning bond between Mikey and Allie was the crowning example of this. Rarely have I seen a romance so heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time.

There seems to be a pattern here. In the first novel, the author introduced Everlost and its people in gripping detail, and the ending promised more to come. In this book, the world is expanded, the characters grow monumentally, everything promised is delivered, and yet the ending hints at something even greater to come. I will eagerly await that coming.
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1,026 reviews147 followers
January 28, 2010
I loved it! I cannot tell you just how mind blowing the plot of Everwild is! Despite the obvious detail in the blurb, there were so many things that happened in this book that would literally have me gawping at the book. Everwild is written in the same style as Everlost, which I can only describe as sweet, so there is nothing graphic or too violent that actually happens in the book, which I think just makes these bombshells even more surprising!

There were moments in this book when I was close to tears, there were moments when I was so disturbed and disgusted I didn’t want to read anymore – but couldn’t put the book down at the same time. We find out more about Everlost, about skinjackers and ecto-rippers, and we see the characters we followed in Everlost evolve in surprising ways. I said in my review of Everlost that it was really unique in its world building; the world building didn’t stop with that book, it continues in Everwild, and there’s so much more to discover and be in awe of. It’s just fantastic.

There’s nothing I can really add about the great characters I mentioned in the last review than to say is that they get better in this book. We still have Nick, Allie, and Micky, and they’re great! Mary, however, is a whole different ball game. I said she was quite twisted and disturbing in my review of Everlost, but in Everwild, she goes above and beyond. She is just evil, there is no other word for it. She’s evil, and scary in her disturbing ways – and what’s even worse, she truly thinks she’s doing the right thing, and is as sickly sweet as ever. She’s actually lovely. It’s disgusting!

We meet some new characters along the way, too, and re-meet some older secondary characters who become more important. We re-meet Johnnie-O, Choo-Choo-Charlie, and Speedo, and I absolutely love Johnnie-O! He is just so funny! He’s great! The new characters we meet include a group of skinjackers; Milos, Squirrel and Moose. Milos is almost as disturbing as Mary, and will do anything for what he believes is love, and Squirrel and Moose take his lead. We also meet Zin, a ripper with the coolest way of speaking ever! I love her too, and I so hope we get to see her in the next book! And then there’s Jackin’ Jill, another skinjacker who starts the clogs turning in Mary’s mind for more sinister plots and schemes.

I love this series, and I was so completely wowed by the ending, that I don’t know how I’m going to wait until next year to read the next in the series, whenever it comes out. If you haven’t read this series, you really need to start!
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850 reviews45 followers
March 29, 2018
Everwild by Neal Shusterman - Audiobook If you haven't read Everlost, then you probably shouldn't read this review. But more importantly, don't read the synopsis of this book (Everwild) on Amazon as it gives away an important plot point that the book doesn't reveal until at least the 65% mark.
Everlost is populated by children who died and didn't find their way to the light. They are basically ghosts, who can't be seen or interact with the living world (with one interesting exception). Places (dead spots) and things also cross to Everlost, but only those that are truly loved by someone. The children in Everlost are called Afterlights, because they have a glow about them. Afterlights will sink to the center of the earth if they stand in one place for too long, unless they are on a dead spot. In the first book, we learn that large dead spots are rare, but can be found in places that were considered important to a lot of people, such as the Twin Towers in NYC. In Everwild, Allie, Nick, Mary, and Mikey continue their journeys, although their paths have changed. Some secrets have already been discovered about Everlost, but still more questions remain unanswered.
Shusterman is a magnificient writer and I love losing myself in his worlds. There is no black or white, no flat good and evil. The "good" characters make mistakes or wrong choices, and the "evil" characters have motives that might have started out as good. There is a constant struggle within each character to understand their own feelings and deal with all the crazinees Everlost throws at them. Over the course of this novel, all of the characters (even the secondary ones) develop, grow, and change. There is an overarching theme of "how do we stop the evil trying to destroy the world" and yet each character has their own feelings, hopes, and dreams to deal with.
The instant I finished listening to this book, I began the next (and final) book in the series. This shouldn't be a surprise considering my similar reaction to the first Shusterman series I read (Unwind).
I'm recommending this book to grades 7 and up. Some of the actions of the characters are a bit callous in their disregard for the living world, but there are also beautiful parts that stuck with me. Fans of the Delirium or Divergent series will enjoy this one.
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