Find Adventure in EVERLOST by Neal Shusterman

Cover art for "Everlost"When Allie and Nick are killed in a head-on collision, they bump into each other on their way to the light that is literally at the end of the tunnel. They wake in a strange reality, a land dubbed Everlost. There are no adults, just kids who got sidetracked on the way to that light.

Existence in Everlost requires a crash course in survival. Although they can’t die again, they can suffer, and if they don’t avoid sinking into the ground or running into the wrong people, suffer they will. Together, with a wild child they call Lief, Allie and Nick go in search of answers to questions they could never have imagined when they were alive.

Everlost is an imaginative rendering of the afterlife. Shusterman’s work is reminiscent of Lord of the Flies, perhaps deliberately so. This occurs on a far more grand scale, with no hope of outside rescue. Classic themes, such as bullies, opportunistic scheming, and the struggle between good and evil are strongly represented. Readers will sympathize with the characters’ dilemmas. Very little is straight forward, like in real life. Without adult guidance, kids are left to their own devices in this world. Shusterman handles this situation in a masterful stroke. No one character is perfect, and their actions have believable consequences.

I recommend this novel for teens and more mature preteens. Parents who like dark fantasy may enjoy this novel, too. Everlost is a novel that can be shared between parents and teens, leading to discussions about the world, the characters’ choices, and life and death in general.


4.5 Books
Everlost by Neal Shusterman
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN-13 978-1-4169-9749-8

I’m back… Sort of

I haven’t done book reviews in a long while. Somehow, I keep getting books in the mail, even though it’s been a little over two years since I’ve posted much of anything.

The main site, Wantz Upon a Time, is no longer going to see book reviews posted there, other than what appear on the blog feed. I’m still working on the details, and the new site isn’t even close to up yet. There’s a blanket of dust on it right now. Behind the scenes, I’m working on art (see the awesome dragon banner up above) and layouts and such. WUAT’s main home is going to be the creative side of my web and graphic design business. I have another site, Studio Fix Design, that has a more formal look to it. The two sites will have feature the same portfolio selections and have all the same information, but the presentations will be very different.

All that said, I just can’t stay away from the reviews, apparently. And I know other people who dearly love to review and would love to join my ranks, so the review service is about to be taken off of life support. I’ll post more details soon. Very soon. Thank you for your patience!

By the way, if anyone can tell me how to change this tacky blue header bar from blue to the color I want, PLEASE let me know! I couldn’t find an option, and I don’t feel inclined to pay $15 a year for the right to do so in the CSS settings. I guess that’s how it goes. It’s my hope that I’ll be able to successfully embed this blog on the WUAT domain name. I haven’t tried in a long while and know a lot more about web development now, so maybe it’ll go better this time. We shall see!

Welcome!

Wantz Upon a Time (WUAT) Book Reviews has been around for almost three years. As the site owner, I figured it’s about time to get the reviews into blog format. I’ve always wanted to let people comment, so here we go. Have fun, and don’t be afraid to say what you think about a review. Please remember, though, to keep it rated PG. WUAT has a wide audience, so let’s keep that in mind.

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