Title: Neverworld Wake
Author: Marisha Pessl
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-fi, Romance, Mystery/Thrillers
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication date: June 5th, 2018
Once upon a time, back at Darrow-Harker School, Beatrice Hartley and her five 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.
And so begins the Neverworld Wake.
“We tried every one of these things in the beginning. Every time, we woke up in the exact same place, exact same time. We were songs on repeat, flies in a mason jar, echoing screams in a canyon that could not fade.”
Okay, I was super impressed by this book. I immediately added it to my TBR after hearing Marisha Pessl would publish it, because Night Film was such a surprising read to me and I ended up really enjoying it, so I was so curious to see what would this book be about. Turns out, it was actually really good, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
First of all, I really enjoyed the whole plot and getting to know what Neverworld Wake was. I think it was such an interesting idea and concept, and though I was a bit sad that the whole book wasn’t really that focused on the characters trying to understand that world they were in (though I still had a fair idea of how it worked), I was so engrossed in the story. I loved how eerie and mysterious the writing and the story was, and I was super captivated by the whole plot that I couldn’t put it down.
I also liked the character arc and the evolution of the cast of characters throughout the story. They were very flawed and realistic characters, so different from each other, and even if you didn’t connect with any of them, everything was so well done that you somehow felt bad for what they were going through. The dynamics between them and the relationship between some of them were so well written.
“You could feel life burning us, our scars real as the wind whipping our faces. We knew that nothing would ever be the same, that youth was here and nearly gone already, that love was fragile and death was real.”
Now I would say that despite being completely in love with the world and enjoying what I was reading about the characters, I was a bit disappointed by the mystery. Don’t get me wrong, I think the author did a really good job at building up that enigma, but I guess I was expecting more about that, and the whole revelation was a bit anticlimactic to me, despite enjoying the journey.
It took me a few chapters to fully get into the story, but I think that’s normal with her books, because it happened the same to me with Night Film. Once I passed those chapters and started to continue reading the novel I became so invested in it.
And I absolutely adored Marisha Pessl’s writing. I think her way of telling a story was so whimsical and dark, and I overall liked how she wrote this one and the descriptions of places.
Overall, I was surprised again by how much I loved this book. It was super fast paced and I couldn’t put it down, and though the whole mystery and revelations turned to be a bit disappointing to me, I still loved the whole plot and dynamics between characters.
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