They want their lives back, and their search for a way home will take them deep into the uncharted areas of Everlost. But the longer they stay, the more they forget about their pasts. And if all memory of home is lost, they may never escape this strange, terrible world. Grade 8 Up-Nick and Allie are killed in an automobile accident and meet as they are heading down a tunnel toward the light.
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Jun 03, Mariel rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Lauren Recommended to Mariel by: what are you saving? 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. Sometimes a spot is massive, such as the entire city of Atlanta seen in the second in the Skinjacker trilogy, Everwild. These spots are what is still real to the kids, and the "live" spots they will sink right through if they stay there for any time.
Shusterman put a lot of thought into realizing the world of Everlost. The detail is half the fun. I must say I enjoyed the way he played with disasters from the past. Every kid has a coin on them representing the payment to pass on. If they have no unfinished business, their coin will take them back. An older kid Mary Hightower her name comes from her dominion of the world trade center thinks she knows what is best for everyone else, and it is in her best interest to keep kids from passing on.
She loves to be needed. The coins? Mary Her High and mighty Highness has them throw away in a wishing well. Mary Hightower is one of my favorite villains of ya fiction. She means well, but lord is she infuriating. Mary Hightower publishes manifestos to lead lost kiddos to her cause. Her propaganda is far reaching.
The lost kiddos have to remind themselves constantly of themselves. Most cannot remember their old names for long, let alone what they really looked like. They become what they feel like they look like, and that can lead to becoming something of a darker nature.
The other baddie of the book is the monster McGill, another Everlost legend, with a decidedly less than friendly reputation than that of Mary Hightower. There is more to Everlost than the inhabitants will have Nick and Allie believe.
The whole black market thing put me immediately in mind of prison. Something might be wrong with my mind. I enjoyed their story in this bizarre little death world.
Everlost (Skinjacker Trilogy Series #1)
Summary[ edit ] Nick and Allie, who have just awoken in a ghostly parallel to the real world, are saved by a boy named Lief, who tells them that they are called "Afterlights" who cannot be seen by living. They are somewhat like ghosts, and retain the exact appearance they had when they died. There, they meet Mary Hightower, the "mother" of Afterlights who keeps many Afterlights safe, and is the author of hundreds of books about living in Everlost. She lives with the children under her care in the destroyed World Trade Center , which exists because things that are much beloved in the world can cross into Everlost when they are destroyed.