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Everfound (Skinjacker Trilogy Series #3)
     

Everfound (Skinjacker Trilogy Series #3)

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by Neal Shusterman
 

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As Mary Hightower slumbers in a glass coffin waiting to be reborn back into Everlost, her allies and henchmen begin to carry out her terrible mission. Mary’s army is joined by a newcomer: Jix, a spy for the Mayan King of Everlost. A furjacker who skinjacks great cats, Jix has his own agenda.

Meanwhile, Mikey McGill desperately tries to rescue Allie the

Overview

As Mary Hightower slumbers in a glass coffin waiting to be reborn back into Everlost, her allies and henchmen begin to carry out her terrible mission. Mary’s army is joined by a newcomer: Jix, a spy for the Mayan King of Everlost. A furjacker who skinjacks great cats, Jix has his own agenda.

Meanwhile, Mikey McGill desperately tries to rescue Allie the Outcast. At his side is Nick the “Chocolate Ogre,” who has become pure chocolate and hardly remembers himself at all. Mikey encounters a creature that scares even the mighty McGill: a scar wraith, whose touch can extinguish an Afterlight forever.

It becomes clear that the outcome will determine not just the fate of Everlost, but the fate of the living world as well.

Critically acclaimed author Neal Shusterman brings to a close the trilogy that Kirkus Reviews called “beautiful and imaginative” with this stunning final volume.

Editorial Reviews

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* "Shusterman ends his provocative trilogy with a rock-solid adventure that manages to examine deep questions of faith and morality....Rich in detail, with exceptional characterization and shot through with unexpected (and very necessary) humor, this is an engrossing and thoroughly satisfying ending to a unique saga of life after death."—Kirkus Review, starred review

"Shusterman closes his trilogy with this epic installment...Everlost is an impressively built world with unique and likable characters."—School Library Journal

"Shusterman wraps up his Skinjacker trilogy with a satisfying, if long, concluding volume...the characters and action that will have fans of the series eager to find out how it all ends."—Booklist

"Shusterman’s richly complex world-building will intrigue initiates enough to go back and start with what they’ve missed. Each of the main characters ends up exactly as he or she should, making Everfound a satisfying conclusion to the series."—The Horn Book

"Everfound is compellingly readable and a worthy finale to the Skinjacker trilogy. The exciting plot twists and interesting characters will draw readers into the story, and those who enjoyed the first two novels in the series will likewise devour this final installment...Shusterman has worked his usual literary magic in this fantastic finale."—VOYA

Children's Literature - Veronica Bartles
Though Mary Hightower is asleep in a glass coffin, waiting the requisite 9 months before awaking into Everlost, Milos, Jill, Speedo, Moose, Squirrel and the rest of her children continue westward, determined to carry out her mission, even if they aren't quite sure of what that mission is. Allie the Outcast desperately wants to escape, so that she can stop Mary before she wakes. Mikey McGill and Nick, the "chocolate ogre," set out to rescue Allie, but they're stopped by a scar wraith, a man whose touch can extinguish an afterlight forever. When the scar wraith accidentally wakes Mary from her slumber early, and she moves forward with her plan to bring the living world into Everlost, the situation looks hopeless for Allie, Mikey, Nick and the entire living world. But with some help from the scar wraith, a man named Clarence who can both see and touch the living world and Everlost simultaneously, they can stop Mary's evil plan once and for all, freeing all of her children to go into the light. Shusterman wraps up his "Skinjacker Trilogy" with a compelling story about the choices we make and the far-reaching consequences of our actions. For anyone who hasn't read the first two books in the series, and for those who read them a while ago, this one begins with a FAQ by Allie the Outcast, outlining all the essentials of the world of Everlost, so you won't have to wonder what is going on in the story. Reviewer: Veronica Bartles
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Following the cataclysmic confrontation between Nick, the Chocolate Ogre, and Mary Hightower at Graceland's vortex in Everwild (2009), the lives of many Afterlights (those who have died and are living in an alternate afterlife) in Everlost are drastically changed. Since Nick melted, his Afterlights were captured by Mary's loyal skinjackers and forced into captivity. As they race to catch the skinjackers' train and free Allie the Outcast, Mikey McGill and the partially restored Nick have no idea that Mary will eventually reawaken. Jinx, a new skinjacker, joins the train, intending to assist his Mayan King in bringing down the Eastern Witch. Meanwhile, Mikey meets a scar wraith, a man who was burned badly enough that he is part of both the living world and Everlost and holds the power to extinguish Everlost souls permanently. While the struggles for power in Everlost multiply, Allie works to eliminate those skinjackers who could help Mary fulfill her twisted dream of destroying the living world before it is too late for everyone. Nick Podehl provides phenomenal narration for Neal Shusterman's imaginative and satisfying conclusion (2011, both S & S) to the "Skinjacker Trilogy". He perfectly transitions from one character to the next, bringing each one to life and easily evoking all their emotions. This exceptionally well-done production would be a wonderful addition to middle/high school and public library collections.—Jessica Miller, New Britain Public Library, CT
Kirkus Reviews

Shusterman ends his provocative trilogy with a rock-solid adventure that manages to examine deep questions of faith and morality.

At the end ofEverwild(2009), Nick the Chocolate Ogre had dissolved into a mass of chocolate pudding, Mary Hightower was asleep in a glass coffin waiting to be reborn, Allie the Outcast was strapped to the front of arunaway train and Mikey McGill (formerly the monstrous McGill) was searching for a way to rescue her. The adventures continue, with Mexican Afterlight Jix joining the cast of characters as a furjacker, slipping into the bodies of giant cats as he spies on Mary's army for the Mayan King. The rules of Everlost are unique, catering to the children who go there upon death and wait until they are ready to go into the light. But even those rules can be overset with the introduction of Clarence, the scar wraith, whose touch can extinguish anyone out of existence—forever.Alliances form and melt as characters decide between their own self-interest and what is right; the shifting third-person perspective gives readers glimpses into everybody's souls.

Rich in detail, with exceptional characterization and shot through with unexpected (and very necessary) humor, this is an engrossing and thoroughly satisfying ending to a unique saga of life after death.(Science fiction. 12 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455895106
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Series:
Skinjacker Trilogy Series , #3
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
12 - 14 Years

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Everfound Jix
The boy jacked a jaguar, slipping into its sleek body and sending its simple feline mind to sleep. He owned the beast now. Its flesh was his. Muscular magic in a compact four-legged frame, perfectly designed for running, stalking, and killing.

He had taken on the name “Jix”—one of the many Mayan words for “jaguar”—due to his inclination toward great cats, and he furjacked one every chance he got. He preferred wild jaguars, living in the jungles of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula—creatures that hadn’t lost their will to hunt.

Reconnaissance was Jix’s specialty: tracking and spying on Afterlights who His Excellency the King believed to be a threat. Afterlights such as the Eastern Witch—the one they called Mary Hightower.

His Excellency had created a barrier of wind upon the Mississippi River to keep her and other intruders out, but the Eastern Witch was shrewd and relentless. With the help of her own skinjackers, she had destroyed a living-world bridge, causing it to cross into Everlost. Then with a train full of followers and slaves, she rode a powerful locomotive across the river.

At least that was the story.

Others said that she never made the journey herself—that something strange and mysterious happened to her, but no one could agree as to what it was. She flew off into the sky. She melted. She turned to stone. She turned to flesh. Each rumor was more outlandish than the last, and no one knew for sure if any of them were true.

Jix was called in for closer surveillance. Discover their numbers, discover their intent, then report back to the king. If these trespassing Afterlights were truly a threat, they would be dealt with quickly, and would never see the light of day again. It all depended on Jix’s report.

“You should skinjack the pilot of a flying machine,” His Excellency had suggested to Jix, “for speed in this matter would greatly please us.”

Jix, however, had resisted. “But sir, my skill to stalk comes from the jaguar gods. If I make my journey impure, they will be angered, and take the skill away.”

His Excellency had then waved his hand dismissively. “Do as you will—as long as you bring us the results We require.” The king always said “us” and “we,” even when there was no one else but him in the room.

So, on a bright autumn day, Jix set out in the borrowed body of a jaguar, and within that speedy beast, he forged over mountains and rivers, resting when he had to, but never for long. When he came near human villages he heard many languages. Remnants of ancient tongues, Spanish, and finally English. Once he heard English, and saw signs written in that language, he knew he was getting close, yet never once was he spotted, for he had the best of both species now: the keen senses of the jaguar, and the full faculties of a human mind.

The ghost train had crossed the bridge in Memphis, so this was his destination. He was certain to pick up a scent of the supernatural there, and track them down. As he drew nearer, he could feel the thrill of the hunt filling him. The intruders wouldn’t stand a chance.

Meet the Author

Neal Shusterman is the author of many critically acclaimed novels for young adults, including the Skinjacker trilogy, Unwind, and Downsiders. He also writes screenplays for motion pictures and television shows. The father of four children, Neal lives in southern California.

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Everfound (Skinjacker Trilogy Series #3) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 119 reviews.
always_rightt21 More than 1 year ago
His words are moving and captive. This series, and book are ultimately one of the best I've EVER read. It was unbelievable. I jumped up and down! I shrieked when I saw it, grabbed it and rushed out of the store. I spent almost all night reading it and (I'm not encouraging this) I skipped school to read it. I just read and read this over 500 hundred page book. IT WAS UNBELIEVABLY AMAZING. Allie did something I would NEVER expect her to do, and someone disappeared in a completely unusual way that I've never heard of!!! And best of all the ending was such a twist, it ended in a way that finished everything off, but left me in love with it. If your looking for the next BEST BOOK EVER, here it is!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Neal Shushterman is one of the most amazing authors that I've had the grace of expierencing. His writing is crafty and laced with intricacy. He had me on the edge of my seat and living on every word, literally. The sly writing of this trilogy was filled with an air of elegance unlike any other. I don't believe that any reader would be disapointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book once again brought in new information on Everlost but also it had the same type of storyline. The ending though, was epic. If you liked the others, this is a MUST. I loved it, I could not put it down and this was the longest book in the series, slow at some parts but never non entertaining. It was a great ending to my favorite series.
Natalie Boyce More than 1 year ago
This series is really great and entertaining although it is obviously fiction. I hope you will be able to enjoy it but just remember that it is fiction and not necessarily meant to be taken seriously.
aly_loves-books More than 1 year ago
I stumbled over this author by accident or you could call it fate, or a skinjacker helping me.(haha) Honestly This series is a very thought provoking world that deals with the questions we all have about life and death and the things inbetween. I would highly recommened this and ALL of Neal Shusterman's books not for that fact that they are good, but that there is something about finding yourself and what your true purpose is in life in his books(the ones I've read so far). The fact that I wasn't able to put his books down or when I had to I couldn't stop thinking about them is a true writeres greatest hope. He captures everything he sets out to, wraps the entire series up in a nice fit and then lets your immagination wander to fill in the remaining "lives" of your favorite characters. You will not be dissapointed with this final book. Everyone has an ending(except for one, sorta). So get this book and the first two, everwild and everlost and READ till you finish, you'll be on a ride of your life. It's not all goose bumps, but it may happen, it could happen, but really we will never know until it does.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot wait. I will buy the first and second one just for this one. I have waited, and now, it is upon us. Buckle up for the final ride in Everlost!!! This... will... be... EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, the first book, and the second book were amzing! I wish there were more the three biooks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its all in the headline best book ever and best series ever you should definitley read this amazing, thrilling, action packed trilogy!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best series i have ever read! Neal Shustermans words are beautifully woven together!
Peg Sahagun More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! I turned 13 this year and my whole class loved and still loves it. We are all reading the rest of the trilogy since we all loved it so much. I finish very disapionted i had read it so fast and didn't hav anymore to read. You must read this book! If you don't it will be like never being able to see one of the wonders of the wonders of the world!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a really good book .It is the 3rd book of the skin jacking trilogy . If you enjoyed ever lost and ever wild you will enjoy ever found .
owlluver15 More than 1 year ago
Once I started reading this series I couldn't put it down. There was a character named Mary who got more annoy as the series went on, but if you really think about it she thought she was doing the right thing. Besides her the other character were wonderful and full of life. Great ending to a amazing series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since the beginning of the book, Allie is tied to the front of a train in Everlost. She was accompanied by a boy named Jix very often, he grew on a cat like look and was a very serious person. They talked about if he would set her free and why he was even on the train. Since Jix’s plan wasn’t to free her, he was still hesitant. Then, the train started moving and they were heading west again… until a mansion blocked their path. It was built directly on top of the old tracks, and nothing broke in everlost unless its purpose was to break. So when Milos was pressured by the raging Neons, he decided to ram the mansion off the tracks. But of course, it didn’t budge, the train smashed into the mansion ripping allie apart only to pull herself back together. The train derailed and sunk to the center of the Earth along with the afterlights inside it and the others that were pushed down by the Neons. Mary was captured and protected because she was in a glass coffin and they figured she was important. Then Jix skinjacked a coyote and brought it over to Allie for her to skinjack. once she skinjacked it, its instincts were too powerful for her to control and was permanently stuck in the coyote after the first day. Milos finds some of the spared afterlights and starts his journey to find Mary.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want to find out about how allie is. Do her and mikey find each other again!?!? I want to know. To much of a cliff hanger for me! Want another! Need more!
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Yep
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great ending to this series! I love love LOVED it! When I closed the book I smiled and said this is probably my favorite series. I was screaming and jumping while reading this book. I loved the creativity and the suspense. AMAZING BOOKS!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everfound Book Review: I very much enjoyed reading this series along with this book! It kept my attention very well with multiple events happening simultaneously. There are adventures happening with Allie in one moment and in the same moment the author explains what the resurrected “chocolate ogre” Nick is doing and how he is starting to remember his goal to find Allie and conquer Mary. There are many characters to follow in the story, but pretty much all of them are essential to the plot. Even though this book has many different fictional features to it, the author made it seem very real; this caught my attention while reading. The story wasn’t rushed and there was great detail put into much of the story, which made it easy to visualize. I love the fact that the story had many different themes along with love and good vs. evil. I also really like how some of the characters changed along the way, especially Mikey who came from being a monster and part-ruler of Everlost, but changed into his human self and fought for the good of Everlost alongside Allie. Great book, great series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book and a great series. Recommend the read. Also great for young teens.
AttyEve More than 1 year ago
Neal Shusterman does it again. He wrote a series that draws you in so deep that when it's over you feel lost and abandoned. The best way to cure this is to move on to another one of his books. He never disappoints.
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