Monday, November 23, 2009

Everlost by Neal Shusterman

It is great when you find a book that works as well for adults as it does for teenagers.  This book, Everlost is one of those books.  Two teenagers (Nick and Ali) are thrown out of seperate cars in a head on collision on a road in the middle of nowhere.  They come to in a forest and are being watched by a small boy.  It seems they have ended up in a kind of alternative reality between normal life and the hereafter and are now the Everlost.  Only kids aged under 17 can end up in this place, they can see us but we can't see them, if they stand still for too long they sink through the earth, pulled towards it's core, the only places safe for them to spend anytime are 'dead spots' the place where someone has died.  Even inanimate objects such as buildings that have been loved can end up in Everlost, for example a beloved possession or a building, such as the Twin Towers!  Places such as this make ideal homes for the children of Everlost.
Everlost is rife with rumours of monsters and evil doers.  Nick and Ali and the boy who found them who has forgotten his original name, but who is renamed Leif, after the forest where they landed, start on a journey.  This leads them to the Twin Towers and the person who runs it - Mary Hightower, you learn the stories of many of the Everlost souls, how they came to be in this place and how they can escape it. 
This is a great book, lots of action, fighting the various bad guys and fighting against the forces that make you forget your real life on earth, even your name.  Highly recommended.

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