Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Skinjacker Trilogy

By: Neil Shusterman
Location: FIC SCH
Genre: Fantasy, Life after Death, Paranormal
Series: #1 Everlost. #2 Everwild. # Everfound

This series gets better and better and the ratings just go up and up until the third book gets 4.3 on Goodreads.com with over 6000 reviews- believe  me that is very good.
I believe in the afterlife- heaven actually- but this series is about the afterlife in another spot and in another way!

Neal Shusterman explores questions of life, death, and what just might lie in between.

Nick and Allie don't survive the car accident..

Everlost is the in-between world of being alive and being in heaven. For some reason, kids are the only ones that get lost on their way to the light. When they awake nine months later, they find a coin in their pockets and a blurry world where the living continues around them. The only places where the children are safe are the places where a death has occurred. Standing too long in any other place causes the kids to slowly sink to the center of the Earth. Nick, Allie, and Lief begin their journey through this strange world, trying to understand the new rules of survival. 
The book has a very original plot and multi-dimensional characters that remind me of real poeople. You can enjoy the book on those merits, but subtly woven over the top of the story are philisophical questions about life and death. What does it mean to be alive? Can we make up for our past sins? Is it better to hold on tight to the ones we love or is better to let them go? This book made me question my own version of life.

“Great tragedies have great consequences. They ripple through the fabric of this world and the next. When the loss is too great for either world to bear, Everlost absorbs the shock, like a cushion between the two.” 

 I quite enjoyed Everlost and Everwild, but I was completely blown away by Everfound. This conclusion to Shusterman’s spectacular Skinjacker trilogy was its longest and most memorable installment by far.  This trilogy was such a pleasure to read that I am truly sad that it is coming to a close. It’s an epic story of life, love, and death that will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very satisfying end.

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