Everwild

Everwild

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...

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Title:Everwild
Author:Neal Shusterman
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Everwild Reviews

  • Brigid ✩

    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 r

    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. ;)

  • Amy

    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 agai

    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!

  • Thomas

    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.

    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

    , the fi

    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.

    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

    , the first book in the Skinjacker series, instead. If you’ve already read

    , then find a copy of

    IMMEDIATELY.

    Moving on… I don’t think I can express how much I loved

    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

    . 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

    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. :)

  • Tammie

    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.

  • Eve

    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

    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.

  • Sigurweissen

    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 dislik

    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.

  • Lynn

    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

    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!

  • Sarri

    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 välimaastoss

    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.

  • C.P. Cabaniss

    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 plent

    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.

  • Will M.

    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 wit

    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.

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