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 re experience—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.
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My Rating: 3.5/5
I greatly enjoyed the concept in which The Everafter surrounds. I've read novels where the protagonist is overlooking their life and individuals that they've left behind after death, but I've never encountered a book where this character can go back and physically re-live those moments at the touch of a familiar object. I found it really fascinating to say the least, especially when the reader is given multiple glimpses into Madison's past which slowly help unravel the mysteries that seem to plague Madison when you first meet her.
There's quite a bit of anticipation that comes attached to this novel as well as an element of mystery. I love discovering new information that had previously been undisclosed as I read along. It didn't take me much time to get through this novel just because I couldn't wait to uncover more and more, my curiosity increasing when it came to Madison and her past, as well as how she wound up dead.
There are a few interesting twists in The Everafter that I didn't really see coming. To be honest, I didn't really know what to expect with this book because it was such unique territory for me. The end result as well as the in-betweens of this novel is distinctive and original. These qualities contributed to a constant guessing game while reading. I love when a book makes you think or when you come to a sudden halt, restructuring the information you've just come across in your head as if to conjure up possible theories or conclusions.
I find myself really drawn to novels where the main character is no longer living yet still has a story to tell. If you're like me, and you find books with such a concept interesting, I would definitely recommend The Everafter. It's mysterious, different, and it also brings up some interesting points and arguments about life which I found fascinating.