Neverworld Wake

Neverworld Wake

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 c...

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Title:Neverworld Wake
Author:Marisha Pessl
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Edition Language:English

Neverworld Wake Reviews

  • Lala BooksandLala

    Fuck. yes.

  • Larry H
  • Emma Giordano

    I really enjoyed this book! I managed to remain intrigued throughout the entire story. So many twists and turns. A great first young adult novel from Marisha Pessl!

    CW: death, murder, suicide, depression

    If you’re going into this book expected a young adult rendition of

    , don’t pick this one up.

    does retain a similar air of mystery to

    , but other than that, the story is entirely different.

    I really enjoyed the world of

    . I expected this novel to h

    I really enjoyed this book! I managed to remain intrigued throughout the entire story. So many twists and turns. A great first young adult novel from Marisha Pessl!

    CW: death, murder, suicide, depression

    If you’re going into this book expected a young adult rendition of

    , don’t pick this one up.

    does retain a similar air of mystery to

    , but other than that, the story is entirely different.

    I really enjoyed the world of

    . I expected this novel to have a much higher level of science fiction influence than it did, which I think helped me to enjoy the book more. It reads like a typical mystery – other than the fact that the characters must solve it through the same 11-or-so hour period every day. It was bizarre, yet easy to understand and engaging all the same.

    I don’t have many critiques for

    . I was not totally blown away by the ending and there were certain reveals that felt unrealistic. Otherwise, the plot was thought-provoking and unique, the characters were interesting and well-developed, and I had a fantastic time reading it. Would definitely recommend!

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This was REALLY cool. Like, way cooler than I expected it to be. Definitely recommend if you're interested in a YA thriller that thinks outside the box!

  • karen

    hm. yeah, i think i am going to stick with a flat three on this one. it’s a shame, because i was looking forward to this with hearts in my eyes and a quiver in my loins and i even got a sweet

    copy, but while it is a thoroughly enjoyable, medium book, it stays right there in the middle.

    in the positive column, pessl makes the transition to YA very well - this is perfectly suited for its audience and the pacing, the themes, the characters, the nonlinear structural juggernaut are all comparab

    hm. yeah, i think i am going to stick with a flat three on this one. it’s a shame, because i was looking forward to this with hearts in my eyes and a quiver in my loins and i even got a sweet

    copy, but while it is a thoroughly enjoyable, medium book, it stays right there in the middle.

    in the positive column, pessl makes the transition to YA very well - this is perfectly suited for its audience and the pacing, the themes, the characters, the nonlinear structural juggernaut are all comparable to other YA fiction, reminiscent of

    ,

    ,

    , etc. and if the characters sometimes speak beyond their years in some utterly romanticized casual bravado vision of young adulthood, saying things like “You have to design your life like it’s a fresh America” &etc, that's so common in YA lit that it doesn’t feel out of place at all - it’s just part of the territory. there’s definitely crossover appeal here - teens will enjoy it, adults who already read YA will enjoy it, but it’s not going to be the book that opens the door to YA for an exclusively adult-fiction reader, despite the author’s success in that market.

    because like each of those books mentioned above, the journey to the mystery is ultimately better than its resolution, and the reveal is pretty straightforward, considering the afterlife limbo/time travel/groundhog day chowder of the bulk of it. there was a moment about 2/3 of the way through when i stopped and squinted at the book and said, “holy shit, did i just figure this out?,” getting this huge brain boner over what i thought was about to become a conceptual masterpiece of a twist on the same level (but different ballpark) of

    , but it went a different way and ended up being perfectly satisfying, but not a game-changer that would ruin the next five books by comparison.

    but back in the positive column: she controls the story very well, doling out the dripping-clue backstory and “do you know what’s happening?” glee very sparingly, which makes this a real suspenseful page-turner, it's just not the kind you finish and want to start over from the beginning.

    a fast and fun leisure read, but pack two more in your suitcase. (LGM)

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    probably a 3.5 - lemme think on it...

    review TK.

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    why did no one tell me this took place in rhode island???? they have already mentioned del's lemonade!!! my HEART!

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    I WOULD STILL LIKE TO READ YOU, PLEASE, NOW THAT YOU HAVE A TITLE AND A COVER AND A SYNOPSIS JUST LIKE A REAL BOOK!!

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    I WOULD LIKE TO READ YOU, PLEASE, MYSTERIOUS UNTITLED NOVEL!!!

  • bran (brandonthebookaddict)

    I feel like a lot of people going into this book will come in with high expectations and somewhat of a buzz, especially if one has already read Marisha Pessl's raved thriller,

    . I think a lot of people going in will expect something.....

    , but will end up with something

    , instead.

    This book was so biz

    I feel like a lot of people going into this book will come in with high expectations and somewhat of a buzz, especially if one has already read Marisha Pessl's raved thriller,

    . I think a lot of people going in will expect something.....

    , but will end up with something

    , instead.

    This book was so bizarre and strange, but

    . But more like.....an 'ambiguous' good.

    To say that I've never read anything like this before is an understatement.

    was astonishingly surprising, but in a subtle way. It's like a light switch that no one has ever turned on, but it lights up something we've never fully seen before.....**vague hand gestures**

    I was super pumped to get my hands on this book and I was lucky enough to get an arc and upon reading it, I simply devoured it in a day. And finished it. And oh boy.

    Since it isn't publicly out yet (at the time of this review/date read), I fully can't express my feelings or talk about it with someone since it's still months away from its release date.

    but

    I think this is one of the rare times where I'm actually glad that I don't have anyone to talk about it yet. This feeling that I have, really resonated with the same 'feeling' I had

    reading it. Weird, I know. But it's like a sleeping secret. A dream waiting to happen.....(I'm being hella dramatic right now about this, but....)

    I think where it fell a little for me was the middle of the book. But I really liked the beginning, how it all started. And the ending.

    .

    After finishing it, I didn't really know how to rate this book, actually. But now a week later, I don't think it really matters on whether I give this book five stars, one star, or even three stars.

    I think it's just simply-- one of those books that you're glad to have read.

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  • Warda

    I was absolutely captivated by the synopsis for this book initially. It had intrigue, mystery and sounded dark. My kinda thing!

    I won’t give too much of the plot away since it’s always best to go in blind with these types of books.

    It’s safe to say, the plot pulled me in. The mystery surrounding it had me turning the pages and what kept me reading. The writing did an amazing job at making me envision the world quite vividly.

    However, the characters fell flat for me. There was no substance to them

    I was absolutely captivated by the synopsis for this book initially. It had intrigue, mystery and sounded dark. My kinda thing!

    I won’t give too much of the plot away since it’s always best to go in blind with these types of books.

    It’s safe to say, the plot pulled me in. The mystery surrounding it had me turning the pages and what kept me reading. The writing did an amazing job at making me envision the world quite vividly.

    However, the characters fell flat for me. There was no substance to them... they felt pretentious and privileged and I couldn’t connect or sympathise with them. And that was its biggest downfall for me. It doesn’t matter how compelling the plot may be; if I can’t bring myself to care for the characters, then that ruins the reading experience.

    I’d still recommend this though if you’re into sci-fi, time travel, good old murder mystery and plot driven story.

    Thank you, Scholastic, for this book!

  • Raeleen Lemay

    Let me start out by saying I don't think this is a bad book, as I think it was pretty clever and unique in a lot of ways, but the plot and characters just didn't appeal to me AT ALL. So I would recommend this to people who like time travel and mystery/thrillers, as the main focus of the book is the characters trying to solve the mystery of their friend's death.

    So, this book sort of reads like All You Need is Kill (or Edge of

    Let me start out by saying I don't think this is a bad book, as I think it was pretty clever and unique in a lot of ways, but the plot and characters just didn't appeal to me AT ALL. So I would recommend this to people who like time travel and mystery/thrillers, as the main focus of the book is the characters trying to solve the mystery of their friend's death.

    So, this book sort of reads like All You Need is Kill (or Edge of Tomorrow for movie peeps) meets Pretty Little Liars. It's full of teen drama and secrets, but it all takes place inside a time loop. I won't get too much into detail about that because it's fun to discover it on your own, but that's the basic gist of this book. Boy dies, then a year later his five friends all get back together, and circumstances lead to the five of them being trapped in a time loop, desperate to find a way out (but also solve the mystery of his death of course).

    I really liked the premise and the complicated time travel situation was set up really well, and was written in such a way that it wasn't confusing at all, so props to Pessl on that. However, that's pretty much where my praise ends. While the time loop was cool, my interest in it fluctuated quite a bit, where it was sometimes very fascinating, but mostly repetitive and boring. The book relied heavily on the teens trying over and over to accomplish a task in the loop, which reminded me of All You Need is Kill/Edge of Tomorrow (big fan of those), but the other half was the teens throwing tantrums or running off, leaving the main character alone much of the time.

    Bee (the protagonist) spends much of her time agonizing over her friends not welcoming her back the way she wanted and thinking about Jim, the friend who died. The rest of the characters are all pretty one-note, stereotypical (Kip, the Southern gay character who called everyone "child" really got on my nerves) and all in all left very little impact on me.

    My other big complaint is that this book was marketed as this big prep school sci fi thriller, which obviously got me VERY excited since I'm obsessed with boarding/prep schools. However, the only connection to the prep school in this story is that the friends all went there together. In the time the book takes place, they aren't even at the school and they hardly talk about it, which was a huge disappointment for me. I also found Pessl's overuse of similes to be quite annoying, which I know a lot of people didn't like about

    , but for some reason it bugged me way more in this novel.

    All in all, a bit of a flop for me. Like I said though, the premise is fantastic and if you're on the lookout for a cool sci fi/time travel romp, give this a go! Just don't go into it with super high expectations, as it is a very very young adulty book, and by that I just mean it's full of teen angst and drama (which I'm not a fan of generally).

    OH HELL YEAH I AM SO HERE FOR THIS COVER

    Prep school, psychological suspense,

    Sci-Fi? Not to mention it's written by the amazing Marisha Pessl? Pretty sure this book was made for me.

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    Unfortunately I just haven’t been able to make it past the 50 page mark in this one, so I’m gonna have to put it aside and see if I can push through at a later date. 😔☹

    Unfortunately I just haven’t been able to make it past the 50 page mark in this one, so I’m gonna have to put it aside and see if I can push through at a later date. 😔☹️

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