Everwild by Neal Shusterman

Everwild by Neal Shusterman; read in December, 2009.  Copy purchased for my high school library.

Description from Borders (GoodReads offered too short a description for me):

There was the rumor of a beautiful sky witch, who soared across the heavens in a great silver balloon. And there were whispers of a terrible ogre made entirely of chocolate, who lured unsuspecting souls with that rich promising smell, only to cast them down a bottomless pit from which there was no return. Everlost, the limbo land of dead children, is at war. Nick the “Chocolate Ogre” wants to help the children of Everlost reach the light at the end of the tunnel. Mary Hightower, self-proclaimed queen of lost children and dangerous fanatic, is determined to keep Everlost’s children trapped within its limbo for all eternity. Traveling in the memory of the Hindenburg, Mary is spreading her propaganda and attracting Afterlights to her cause at a frightening speed. Meanwhile, Allie the Outcast travels home to seek out her parents, along with Mikey, who was once the terrifying monster the McGill. Allie is tempted by the seductive thrill of skinjacking the living, until she learns a shocking secret.

Sadly, my memories of this book have fallen through the cracks over time, so I do not have a lot I can say.  (I really need to get better about reviewing books soon after reading them.)  Shusterman develops the world of Everlost further and adds a lot of twists to the story.  It is a satisfying sequel to Everlost, but I was felt myself less emotionally involved in this one.  I blame this on myself, though, feeling more attached to the story behind “Hightower” than any of the settings Shusterman reveals in Everwild.

I loved Allie just as much in this book, and Mary continues to give me the creeps in an irresistable way, but Nick was a disappointment.  I thought, from the first book, that he was a stronger person than he turns out to be.

Regardless, I look forward to the final book of the trilogy.

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