Thursday, September 9, 2010

Everwild by Neal Shusterman

 This review may contain spoilers if you haven't read Everlost.
Summary: 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 it's limbo for all eternity. Traveling in the memory of the Hindenburg, Mary is spreading her propaganda and attracting Afterlights to her cause at 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 learns a shocking secret: Those who skinjack are not actually dead.
Review: This is the second book in the Skinjackers Trilogy and so far I love it. This story is full of unique ideas and I enjoyed getting to learn about the world of Everlost and how it works.  There a lot of unique concepts in this story and getting to discover them really added a lot to the story.
I liked the fact that the story alternates point's of view between Nick, Allie and Mary. All three characters are on their own mission in this book. It makes it harder to decide which side to take when readers have come to know and love these characters.  I have to say that Nick is probably my favorite though. I love his detemination and belief that he is helping all the children in Everlost. Plus, I've always been a fan of chocolate. I always liked the way that Mary's character had developed so much over the course of two books. She at first came across as one of the good guys but at the end of this book I was a little afraid of her.
  My only complaint was the fact that by the end of this book it didn't feel like anything had really been accomplished by either side in the war. Of course, both Nick and Mary were affected by what happened it didn't really seem like there was actually a war between them.
Anyway, I really liked this unique and exciting series and can't wait to find out how it ends.

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