Everlost is a fantasy book published in by the young adult author Neal Shusterman. The story is the first in the Skinjacker trilogy that takes place in Everlost. Everlost by Neal Shusterman – Nick and Allie don’t survive the car accident, but their souls don’t exactly get where they’re supposed to go either. Instead. Shusterman’s (Full Tilt) enigmatic novel imagines a purgatory where only children go, with its own vocabulary and body of literature plus a.

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Everlost is a fantasy book published in by the young adult author Neal Shusterman. The story is the first in the Skinjacker trilogy that takes place in Everlost, the place between life and death.

Nick and Allie, who have just awoken in a ghostly parallel to the real world, are saved by a boy named Lief, who tells them that they are called “Afterlights” who cannot be seen by living. They are somewhat like ghosts, and retain the exact appearance they had when they died. There, they meet Mary Hightower, the “mother” of Afterlights who keeps many Afterlights safe, and is the sshusterman of hundreds of books about living in Everlost.

She lives with the children under her care in the destroyed World Trade Centerwhich exists because things that are much beloved in the world can cross into Everlost when they are destroyed. They settle down, but Allie is not content. Allie notices other Afterlights at the Twin Towers keep repeating and doing the same exact thing everyday, becoming stuck in ruts.

Allie sets out with Nick and Lief to see whether he has special powers and they meet The Haunter. Allie gets Lief and Nick captured by The Haunter and learns that she can pick up living things and also possess living peopleor “Skinjack”. Allie explores her power while Nick begins to discover his own purpose.

Allie is captured by the McGill, a grotesque monster who controls a ship full of Afterlights who fear him. They ahusterman all hung by their ankles like pieces of meat.


Since fortune cookies in Everlost always tells the truth, the McGill believes he can come back to life if he collects a thousand souls. Allie is able to manipulate the McGill and grow close to him as she attempts to save Nick and Lief.

She makes him think that she can teach him to skinjack, even though only those who come to Everlost with the ability are able to.


Mikey and Megan died at the same time and after they awoke as Afterlights they went to their home. There, Megan watched as Mikey sank into the earth.

However, unbeknownst to her Mikey was able to claw his way out of the center of the Earth through pure force of will, but over time evolved into a hideous monster, reflective of his anger. Mary, also known by others as the Sky Witch, had been lying to the children. She stole the coins that all Afterlights invariably have when they wake up. The coins allow them to leave Everlost when they are ready, but Mary misguidedly believes that the light at the end everlst the tunnel is malicious and that children should stay in Everlost forever.

Nick receives the nickname “Chocolate Ogre” because of the chocolate stain on his face, and Mary spreads rumors about how he sends Afterlights away by luring them in with the smell of chocolate.

Allie outsmarts the McGill, who is unmasked by Mary and returned to the form of a human boy when Mary shows a picture of him. Allie, traveling home sinks through a bridge but is later saved by Mikey, who agrees to accompany her the rest of the way to her home.

The stories in the Everlost takes place in Everlost. Everlost is the place between life and death that all lost children end up after getting lost in their journey to the afterlife. These lost children, or Afterlights as they are called, are unseen by the real “living” world. The afterlights for the most part cannot interact with the real world and will sink to the Earth’s core if they stay still.


It is implied that this fate has befallen to a great many afterlights. They can interact with certain objects that are loved so much by their owners that, when the object breaks, it crosses over to Everlost, unbroken, and is given a place there for eternity. The same is for certain places that were destroyed the twin towers are used as an example that were loved and cherished by many people and will never be forgotten. There are no adults in Everlost presumably because they know where they are going [2] In Everlost all fortunes are supposedly true, thus fortune cookies are extremely valuable.

The novel Everwild was published in It follows Allie’s return home to her parents in order to put her restless mind at ease. Allie is accompanied by the reformed Mikey, the fearful monster “The McGill” who has been terrorizing Everlost for 30 years.

Everwild also follows Nick’s quest to save all new afterlights from Mary Hightower, who plans to recruit the new afterlights into her army and keep them in Everlost for eternity. The third and final book in the trilogy is Everfoundpublished in It concludes the series and ultimately describes the fate of all the main characters. They have to stop Mary now for she could be the one to extinguish the living world.

A new character also appears and the quest to go West continues with Milos. The book Everlost has won the following awards: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved January 19, Retrieved 21 January Caught Between the Pages. Retrieved 19 January Retrieved from ” https: Pages to import images to Wikidata.

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