Neverworld Wake

Neverworld Wake

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"A group of teens who all attended the same elite prep school reunite a year after graduation. After a night on the town, the teens are faced with an impossible choice--only one of them can live and the decision must be unanimous"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780399553929
Characteristics: 327 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number: Y PESSL, M


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Genre: contemporary, science fiction/fantasy, thriller. Stand-alone. Releasing June 5th!

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Jun 04, 2019

Addictive and fast-paced. I could not put it down and the ending shook me.

Feb 06, 2019

Well written. Good story. The setting and dilemma was new, not like something I have read before.

Aug 19, 2018

I enjoyed this book. It takes plays in the Neverworld Wake, the place between life and death. Five friends are in the Wake and they have to vote which one of them will live. When I first started reading I thought well duh, the POV will live. Then as the story went along I thought how is she going to convince them to vote for her. They live the same day over and over trying to decide. A few of them go crazy, a few of them don't want to leave and a couple of them want answer. Beatrice, the POV, wants answer to how her boyfriend died. Did he commit suicide or was he murdered or was it an accident. There are lots of plot twists, revelations and kind of a Wizard of Oz feel at one point. If you read the book you will know what I'm talking about. This book is all about relationships, taking responsibility for your actions and taking a look at your life. Have you been living a good life or is it just selfish and unhealthy? I listened to the book and found it very fascinating. I always am fascinated with stories about bending time and space and possibly having alternative lives out there.

JCLChrisK Jul 23, 2018

Baffled amusement is the first reaction Bee and her friends have to the strange man who shows up at their retreat in the middle of a rainy night to tell them they are dead. Well, mostly dead. The five have been given a tiny mercy. They are stuck in the split second of a car accident that happened a few hours ago on their way back to the mansion, and will get to dwell in limbo indefinitely. They will live the last 11.2 hours over and over again until they can reach consensus on a vote to determine which one of them will survive the crash. Only one, and they all have to agree.

Thus begins a bizarre journey of repetition, second chances, investigation, and relationships. The five had been six until just over a year ago, when Jim, their leader, mysteriously disappeared and turned up dead right before high school graduation. The police ruled it a suicide. Bee, his girlfriend, has always suspected foul play. Possibly involving one or more of the others. She disappeared into her grief after his death, and this weekend away was her first time back with her old friends since. She had been hoping they could explore their experiences of Jim's death, but now it seems they have their own deaths to consider. And all of them, Bee included, are hiding secrets.

It's certainly an intriguing scenario, with suspense about how the friends will react and mystery about Jim's demise. I didn't want to put it down. But even more than the riddles, I was intrigued by the characters and their relationships. They are each interesting in their own way, and I was glad to join Bee in puzzling out what made them tick. That, and Pessl's skill with words. Her descriptions--whether of settings, people, events, or interactions--are vivid, resonant, and atmospheric. She knows how to give her story life.

I expect teen readers will find this highly enjoyable.


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Feb 24, 2019

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JCLChrisK Jul 23, 2018

I saw very little as it truly was. But that was what Martha taught me. We swear we see each other, but all we are ever able to make out is a tiny porthole view of an ocean. We think we remember the past as it was, but our memories are as fantastic and flimsy as dreams. It's so easy to hate the pretty one, worship the genius, love the rock star, trust the good girl.

That's never their only story.

We are all anthologies. We are each thousands of pages long, filled with fairy tales and poetry, mysteries and tragedy, forgotten stories in the back no one will ever read.

The most we can do is hold out our hands and help each other across the unknown. For in our held hands we find pathways through the dark, across jungles and cities, bridges suspended over the deepest caverns of this world. Your friends will walk with you, holding on with all their might, even when they're no longer there.


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