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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  30,837 ratings  ·  2,889 reviews
Nick and Allie don't survive the car accident...

...but their souls don't exactly get where they're supposed to get either. Instead, they're caught halfway between life and death, in a sort of limbo known as Everlost: a shadow of the living world, filled with all the things and places that no longer exist. It's a magical, yet dangerous place where bands of lost children r
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Will M.
I honestly don't have the luxury of time to read novels as much as I want to because pre-med is draining the life out of me. That being said, I carefully choose the novels that I read because a bad novel would make me avoid reading even more. Everlost is one of those novels that destroys the reading slump. It also makes you want to read despite the draining day you've just had. My trust in the YA genre is slowly growing again.

Everlost is about being in a state of limbo. The catch though is that
Everlost reminded me of several books I felt rather lukewarm about - Elsewhere, Lord of the Flies and Gone. It deals with afterlife (specifically, the limbo between life and death) and kids behaving badly when left on their own.

I can see why fans of Unwind would be underwhelmed by Everlost. I was too, a little. It is a good book, but it is clearly a children's book. There are no adults in it, the characters are all under 15. Even when the story handles very serious matters (that scared and creep
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Let me begin by saying that . . . .

Nope. When I saw Will’s review and that Everlost was written by Shusterman I was all in. Unfortunately I was still floating on an Unwind high and failed to pay attention to the fact that this wasn’t quite going to push the envelope like that one did.

What we have here is an unfortunate meet and greet between Nick and Allie . . .

When they “wake up” they discover something new about themselves
Jun 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lauren
Recommended to Mariel by: what are you saving?
I swear on my dog's life that Neal Shusterman's Everlost is pure awesomeness.

Kids who die go to a sort of place but not a place existing between life and death called Everlost. If they stay there instead of passing on, they have to stay in areas called "dead spots", where a significant death has happened. (Main kids Allie and Nick's car accident took place by a forest that has burned down. Sometimes a spot is massive, such as the entire city of Atlanta (seen in the second in the Skinjacker tril
Neil (or bleed)
“But we can't choose what we forget. The more we try to forget something, the more we end up remembering it.”

I should've read Everlost before. Even I idolized and worshipped Neal Shusterman, I stalled myself to read this book because I thought I will not enjoy an afterlife novel. Guess, I was wrong. I really did enjoy reading this one.

Everlost is a limbo between life and death. It's where the dead children go. No adults. Just children up to the age of 14. It's like the afterlife but it is n
Apr 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, read-2009
Well there's one lesson I learned from this book, never teach your kids to stay put when they get lost. This book taught me the importance of trying to find your way to where you're going no matter what the challenges or obstacles you're faced with. I picked up Everlost because I was captivated by Shusterman's book Unwind. It's good, just not Unwind's caliber of great.

This story is about two souls, Allie and Nick, that are in a fatal car accident. Upon their death and on their way to the 'light
Oct 27, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
I'm having a hard time trying to determine how I feel about Everlost. After reading and greatly enjoying "Unwind", I was eager to read another book Shusterman had written.

On the one hand, as an adult reading it, I definitely found the writing style geared for juvenile readers around the age of 10-13 (which is who the book is marketed for). On the other hand, I also continually wondered at the appeal to these same readers based on the way Shusterman presented his ideas on the afterlife of dead c
"There's no easy way to tell new arrivals to Everlost that, technically, they are no longer alive."

If you like ghost stories and chocolate, you will love this book.

First, I'll say that I love the cover. It's simple, different and I just adore it.

Now, Everlost had me hooked from the first chapter. It was an amazing attention getter. Two children die in a car accident. Yes. And the story was just so intriguing and crazy. The whole premise of this book is about children dying, and the world t
Ashley Marie
3-3.5 stars

Similar to Neal Shusterman's other books, this one has a very unique and thought-provoking concept. Unfortunately, this one put me at a bit of a disadvantage as a reader due to my own personal reasons. Not long after picking up Everlost, I had a moment of pure, terrible clarity in facing my biggest fear: death. It still terrifies the wits out of me to think about for too long, but after that I couldn't pick this up for several weeks. So already partway into the book, I was battling wi
Nov 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: series, e-book
Everlost is a book that is written about the in-between stage of life and death. Not all souls leave the living world and head straight to heaven or hell. Some get stuck in this world known as Everlost and these souls that are trapped here are known as Afterlights.

I found the book captivating in the beginning portions and the plot was magnificent. I liked the excerpts that were written at the ends of each chapter. It gave more details on the Everlost world. The Everlost world is a place that is
Jun 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Addicting, creative, fascinating tale that weaves something that could have been either cliched or overly creepy into something brilliant and original.

Allie and Nick are dead, killed instantly in a car crash that involved their respective family's cars. According to the laws of the universe, they should have crossed over. But the thing is, not all children cross over. Some trip, stumble, or resist the journey into the light...and end up in Everlost, just like Allie and Nick have.

Everlost is a b
Mar 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this one took me by surprise. I've read Neal Shusterman before, but that didn't leave me prepared for this. There are lots of books out there that have takes on the afterlife, but I think this one is my favorite so far. There's a sense of mystery and discovery that some other great afterlife versions lack. By the end of the book, I didn't feel like I knew everything about the afterlife, but that I was willing to keep reading to find out more. One of the author blurbs on the book describes i ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I'm obsessed with all things Shusterman, so of course I had to pick this one up. It involves two teenagers who die in a car accident and end up in a sort of afterlife. Nick and Allie are essentially ghosts in a purgatory on Earth. There are some interesting concepts, like objects, food and even buildings coming through to "Everlost", becoming ghostly versions of themselves. The Twin Towers themselves are even available to the ghost children to live in. It reminded me a lot of Peter Pan and
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasia, reviewed, ya, 2014
I imagine the center of the Earth must be a crowded place by now, but perhaps it is the spirits of those of us residing there that keep the Earth alive and green.

It's really hard to find a good young adult novel. That's the genre I read most. However, it is also the one that displeases me most, because almost all of its books contain the same repetitive, tediuos and boring story that it's focused on a chiclé teenage romance. Neal Shusterman has done that weird thing: he wrote a young adult b
Jun 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Actual Rating: 3½ stars!
For the first half of this book I wasn't really enjoying it. I was just kind of reading and hoping I would start enjoying it more soon. I'm really glad I finished this and did not give up on it.
This book reminded me of Percy Jackson and the Lighting Theif, with the quests and adventurous feel to the story. It also reminded me of Shusterman's Unwind series. I really liked the Unwind series but I was not happy with how similar it felt to this series. Nick, Allie, and Leif r
Audrey Dry
May 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd like to be honest. I think the ending was great as well as the beginning. However, I think I'm too old for this kind of reading. I mean, the story was great, I loved the plot, Everlost was impressively well described and built, in fact I loved the idea about some buildings and ships and piers (I don't want to spoil anything, that's why I'm not being specific) were implemented in the story. The characters were too young, though. I know they were children and they had to act like that so I sup ...more
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Nick and Allie die together... And then wake up together in Everlost, a place between life and death. Together (and with their new friend, Lief) they travel the Everlost world.

Nick and Allie may not be the most likable characters at first, but they do start to grow on you. Especially when you realize how loyal they are to each other. Even though they were strangers before their deaths, they treat each other like long time friends. I suppose when you die with someone a certain bond must b
Aug 22, 2011 rated it liked it
3.5 stars An interesting spin on the afterlife from a teen perspective. The protagonists are stuck in a kind of in between place. Well written and the teen heroes are less annoying and better written than many others I've read. Their decisions for the most part make sense. I enjoyed it but think I would have liked it more when I was 12;) ...more
Gray Cox
Jun 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: meh-okay
I'm trying to figure out why this was in a young adult section of my library...

Anyways, this was okay, a little wacky but not in a good way.

This is my first time reading Neal's writing, and I still want to read his other books, but I'm definitely not going to continue this mess of a story.
The thing that attracted me to this book was its fascinasting idea and the name of the writer. I really loved his "Unwind" series so I went excitedly to this book.

I would say I got what I wanted from this book, be it an interesting story idea, a great setting, likeable characters or smooth writing. However there were some sides to the book which needed improvement. I feel like the idea of Everlost could have been explored more deeply, not within 300+ pages. Besides the character decisions and f
Jan 23, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Plot- 7/10
Characters- 7/10
Writing- 7.5/10
World Building- 9.5/10

TOTAL- 7.4/10

Quickie Review (no spoilers)- Neal Shusterman wowed me with Unwind. I seriously loved that book; the action, the great characters, and the scary, almost 1984-esque world building captivated me. So I went into Everlost with very high expectations, and I expected Neal Shusterman to deliver again.

I was disappointed. Now, 3.5 stars is by no means bad. But I guess I was expecting a bit more from the same author who
Robin (Bridge Four)
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, awesome-audio
3.5 Stars

“There are mysteries in Everlost. Some of them are wonderful, and others scary. They should all be explored, though- perhaps that's why we're here: to experience the good and the bad that Everlost has to offer.”

Everlost is a great story full of imagination and an abundance of different characters including Pirates, Collectors of kids, a monster and a haunter. This is a great book for middle grade and young adults alike. There are so many interesting things and action throughout it k
Courtney Wells
Apr 25, 2015 marked it as to-read
Now, I do not usual have any interest in books that start off with "so our protagonist is dead" because existential angst featuring teens is more drama than I can possibly find entertainment value in BUT if you're gonna give me a mystery land and the characters problems beyond being deceased, then you have my attention! ...more
Apr 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Delightful start of a new series for me.
Jun 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-fantasy
This book is about Allie and Nick journey through the world of everlost. They die in a car accident only they don’t reach where there are supposed to and instead get stuck in the eternal world of everlost.

First thing to keep in mind while reading the book is that one shouldn’t compare it to unwind, or you would be bitterly disappointed. It's nowhere near it in terms of emotional depth and characters. But the book in itself has a very very interesting concept. Neal Shusterman is a very creative a
Wendy F
Oct 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, neal-shusterman
I've had this on my shelf for a while now and I'm glad for the Pick Five thread in my YA group, otherwise I would have probably just kept pushing this off.

I really liked it. Oddly enough I wasn't quite into Mary, but I automatically felt something for The McGill. I suppose that is backwards, but there seemed to be something vulnerable about him. I also really really liked Lief. And Nick. Great book. I can't wait to read the next one.
Feb 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Book Review by Sam May

Death. It is one concept that quiets, that disturbs and is a source of anxiety for many. Cultures have each made distinct views on death from reincarnation to spending eternity in the Underworld. Nick, a pessimistic fourteen-year-old, knows these ideas very well, but he never had an opinion of his own. In Everlost, by Neal Shusterman, both Nick and Allie experience death for themselves; they throw each other off the right track and end up in a mid-zone--Everlost. After und
Pouya KHD
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
its a interesting read , and a interesting idea
Jennifer Wardrip
May 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Nick and Allie never would have met had their parents' cars not collided on a hairpin turn one day. If only Nick's parents had not hit a piece of steel lying in the road which caused them to blow a tire and head into the oncoming lane of traffic directly in the path of Allie's father. The accident happened so fast that neither felt any pain. The only recollection they have is of landing on the ground in the woods and feeling very tired.

What happens to
Duffy Pratt
Dec 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, childrens
Reread - 6/19/15

I don't have much to add on this reread. I enjoyed it as much the second time around. Having finished all three, it was good to see what a command Shusterman had over his overall story and characters from the very start. The introduction of each major character also gives the spine and motive of that character. Its all very well thought out and extremely well done. I've read a bunch of Shusterman since first having read this, and I still think this series is his best work.

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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 movi ...more

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