The following does not include spoilers:
This is the 2nd book I've read by Neal Shusterman. I think I may be a fan. Both this book and UNWIND were both so creative, smart and tightly written. I can't wait to pick up another Shusterman book. I can't believe I've never heard of him until recently.
Everlost is about Nick and Allie, two teens who are killed in a car accident, but get lost in limbo in an afterlife called Everlost. Shusterman creates a believable world full of danger, mystery, love and there's also a magnificant monster called the McGill and a tough-as-nails female protagonist.
For writers: Neal is a master of using multiple points of view in his story telling. It's so seamless, it's easy not to notice what point of view he's using, unless you're looking for it.
This book is also a great examle of how to use a point in the story that the entire book revolves around, and weaves it through out. ie: take note of how the people in Everlost sink into the ground if they don't keep moving. At first it seems to be a small part of the alternate world, but it ends up being something important to the past of Everlost as well as the future and curent danger.
This wasn't just a fun read, I also feel that this kind of book has inspired me to be a better writer too!
Also . . . Beth Revis is hosting a book Giveaway for Carrie Ryan's debut novel "The Forrest of Hands and Teeth" that was just released this weekend. click here to go directly to Beth's blog.
Now. . . I'm off to fold laundry and blog surf. Hows that for multitasking? Helps laundry folding seem not quite so dull. :0)