I received this book at no cost from the publisherNeverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
Published by Delacorte Press on June 5, 2018
Genres: Mystery, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Once upon a time, back at Darrow-Harker School, Beatrice Hartley and her six best friends were the cool kids, the beautiful ones. Then the shocking death of Jim—their creative genius and Beatrice’s boyfriend—changed everything.
One year after graduation, Beatrice is returning to Wincroft—the seaside estate where they spent so many nights sharing secrets, crushes, plans to change the world—hoping she’ll get to the bottom of the dark questions gnawing at her about Jim’s death. But as the night plays out in a haze of stilted jokes and unfathomable silence, Beatrice senses she’s never going to know what really happened.
Then a mysterious man knocks on the door. Blithely, he announces the impossible: time for them has become stuck, snagged on a splinter that can only be removed if the former friends make the harshest of decisions. Now Beatrice has one last shot at answers–and at life.
I was a huge fan of Pessl’s debut Special Topics in Calamity Physics since it was just such a quirky read. Neverworld Wake takes us to a science-fiction based mystery that keeps your interest through the main character of Beatrice, now 19 and recently distanced herself from her group of friends after her boyfriend, Jim, dies. With summer ending, the group reunites to celebrate a birthday. The party doesn’t go very well and ends up with an accident caused by alcohol.
The group ends up in the Neverworld, a sort of in between place of the living and the dead. Bee discovers that her friends all have secrets and the nightmare they are now in until they can vote for only one person to survive. OK, that part was a bit weird, but it made perfect sense for this story. I really liked the whole concept but I really think that this is more geared for an older teen audience.
Marisha Pessl grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, and now lives in New York City. Special Topics in Calamity Physics, her debut novel, was a bestseller in both hardcover and paperback. It won the 2006 John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize (now the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize), and was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review. Her new novel, Night Film, comes out August 20, 2013.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of NEVERWORLD WAKE, US Only.
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