Monday, March 23, 2009

A great book! Everlost by Neal Shusterman and a book giveaway link

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)

15 comments:

PJ Hoover said...

I loved this book! You know there's a sequel coming out. Everwild (I think it's called).

C.R. Evers said...

ohhh! I'll certainly want to read it when it comes out! YaY!

KT said...

I always love getting book recommendations from other writers. I'll definitely have to check this one out. B.T.W. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Shelli said...

this book sounds awesome.

D.A. Riser said...

I just got through studying multiple POVs in my blog. The great thing is that when it is done well, you really don't even realize it as a reader.

D.A. Riser said...

Hi Christy - I'm glad you pointed out that it offers multiple POV's. That's one thing I've been studying lately. Very cool!!

Carrie Harris said...

I love Shusterman. Well, I kinda "hate" him too, but that's only because I'm envious. ;) But anyway... I also really liked his book Downsiders if you're looking for another one to read.

Bish Denham said...

Oh boy! Another couple of books to put on my to read list! Sounds great.

Rena said...

Sounds like a great book!

adrienne said...

So many good books...so little time. I must need some lessons in multitasking from you. :D

Solvang Sherrie said...

I HATE folding laundry. I forced myself to do it before I started blog surfing. Or it would sit there for another day...

Everlost sounds very interesting. So does the Carrie Ryan book. Thanks for the link.

Anonymous said...

I just finished the book and can't wait for Everwild to come out!!!!

dborck said...

I too enjoyed this book. Other great ones are The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Found by Magaret Peterson Haddix.
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Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

i loved this book but this is the only one in the library at school.me and emily want to read more of his books the book everlost means a lot to me i love it i cant wait till i get to read everwild and other novels by neal shusterman.this is the most creative book ever i loved the creativity and how nick lief and mary taem up to make the mcgill(marls little brother) put all the children back in everlost in stead of on that but hanging upside down .best book ever!