Feb 2, 2010

Review | The Everafter by Amy Huntley

Madison Stanton doesn't know where she is or how she got there. But she does know this—she is dead. And alone, in a vast, dark space. The only company she has in this place are luminescent objects that turn out to be all the things Maddy lost while she was alive. And soon she discovers that with these artifacts, she can reexperience—and sometimes even change—moments from her life.
Her first kiss.
A trip to Disney World.
Her sister's wedding.
A disastrous sleepover.
In reliving these moments, Maddy learns illuminating and sometimes frightening truths about her life—and death.
This is a haunting and ultimately hopeful novel about the beauty of even the most insignificant moments—and the strength of true love even beyond death.



Thoughts: This book was unlike anything I've ever read and the author's view on the afterlife is completely different.

The author used lost items to connect Madison back to her life and we begin to see who she is through the glimpses into her memories, slowly building a character you can relate to and understand. As the story develops, we experience happy, sad, confusing and funny moments that show us what her life was like, who were the people she loved, and keeps us guessing on how she died.

I loved the idea of The Everafter, especially being able to relive moments after dying. When the novel travels back to a certain time, there's no knowing what could happen.

The ending was a complete shock to me, and I did not see it coming. I was glad we find out what happens and how, but I was a bit disappointed there were so many unanswered questions left in the end.

Although it starts off a bit too slow for my like, it gets much better. This is an enjoyable and quick read, with a completely unique view on what happens when you die, and will leave you thinking even after you've put it down.

12 comments

  1. Great review...I can't wait to read this one...even if it does start off a bit too slow :)

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  2. I like the concept of looking back on your life. It's sad to hear though that it leaves you with unanswered questions, but it still seems like a nice book.

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  3. I've seen quite a range of reactions to this book. It sounds like such a cool idea but some haven't thought it was done as well as it could have been.

    I guess I'll just have to read it myself and see what I think ;-) It does have a very cool cover.

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  4. Such an awesome review, Miss Cindy! This is on my wishlist and I hope to read it ASAP!

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  5. I am still up in the air as to whether I want to read this or not. I don't know, kinda scared, not much for thinking about the afterlife.

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  6. I can't wait to read this book! The plot seems amazing!
    Will there be a sequel to answer all those questionS?

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  7. I loved the idea of The Everafter as well and thought this book was pretty great. Thanks for the review! :)

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  8. I was actually sort of disappointed in this book and had like a million questions that went unanswered that still bug me haha. The ending was a shock to me too though- great build up for that, and the reason she couldn't remember her death was so simplistically brilliant.

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  10. Hmm, I really like the sound of looking back at the things you've done in life. It intrigues me. Definitely a must read, then! :) Glad you enjoyed it!

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  11. Yeay Cindy! Congratulations.. I'm still a newbie..*sob2*

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  12. Ooh, I love a good surprise ending. Not a big fan of many unanswered questions but I'm picking this up from the library today so I guess I'll get to find out for myself. Nice review!

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