Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Everafter

Madison Stanton is in a very strange place.  She's not sure where, or when, or even why - the one thing that she is certain of, though, is that she is dead.

She cannot remember what happened, and she isn't sure she even wants to.  But in this strange place she encounters objects that are important to her in some way.  Each one has a story to tell, a specific story about how that object fit into her life, how it made her the girl she grew up to be.  As she floats through the strange void of the afterlife, learning a little bit from the objects she encounters, a picture begins to form of her life and the events leading up to her death.

This was another of the e-books I downloaded to read over vacation without knowing very much about it.  The story is a bit like a puzzle, with each object's story giving a clue about the way Madison died.

I'm not a huge fan of books with dead people as the main character because there isn't a whole lot there that can be changed or hoped for.  This one held my interest, but I didn't love it.  I found it tragic that Madison died so young, and while the climax of the book turns out to be the scene of her death, it just didn't hold that much interest for me because it was something that had already happened.  I did enjoy the storytelling, though, and would be interested to try other books by this author.  I think it would be appealing to many teen readers, and it certainly offers food for thought.

The Everafter by Amy Huntley (HarperCollins e-books, 2009)

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