**And just an FYI: if you see a book listed on my blog that is part of a series, just go ahead and assume that I've read all the books, or am working on reading ALL the books within that series. I may not always list them on here but trust me - they were read.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Everlost and Unwind

Author: Neal Shusterman

Okay, so I haven't written on here for a while...but I have an excuse. First, I was sick, then my daughters were sick and eventually my husband was sick. I don't know about you, but I don't feel like doing anything when I'm sick nor do I have the opportunity to read when anyone else is sick. Lucky me, it looks like we are all better now! So....on to what I have read.

Neal Shusterman is not an author that I have read before. I figured I would try someone new. Both of these book are so different from what I'm used to. Everlost is basically about death and what happens if you get stuck in a limbo and don't "cross over". It is the story of two kids, Nick and Allie, who died in a car accident and their journey together since they bumped into each other "crossing over" and neither of them made to where they were going. Their souls are trapped in a world where they sink into the ground if the stop walking or there is not a "dead spot", otherwise know as a place where someone else died. Nick and Allie try to find older kids who have more knowledge of what this place is and what they can do to get to where they were going....or better yet, get back home. This book was really different, I've never even considered some of the possibilities that are presented in this book. All in all it was a good read.

In Unwind Shusterman confronts us with the possibility of what happens in a world where organ donors are not plentiful, but unmanageable kids are. Unwanted teens are unwound for body parts, and I mean ALL body parts. You meet Conner, a troublemaker whose parents are done dealing with him. An orphan named Risa who is to be unwound to cut costs at the orphanage, and last you'll meet Lev. Lev is a planned unwind, a tithe, because his parents NEVER stray from their strict religion. This is their story of trying to survive till the age of 18, because if they make it that long, they cannot be unwound. This was a great book. I highly recommend it.

Neal Shusterman has a lot of books and I plan on reading more of his along the way. Below is a link to his website. Enjoy!


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