I read Everlost last year, but I reread it this weekend so I could read the sequel. I was hooked from chapter one. I forgot how much I loved this book until I started reading it again. The language and descriptions are fabulous and I immediately got lost in this world.
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.
My favorite part was the fortune cookies. Fortune cookies all cross over to Everlost and all the fortunes come true. It was an interesting way to add foreshadowing to the book.
I love this book on many levels and definitely recommend this book to anyone over twelve.