Everlost by Neal Schusterman (313 pgs) 2006
Writers who have no idea how teenagers think or talk should not be allowed to write YA. An interesting premise: kids under 17 are stranded in a no man’s land afterlife if they get distracted and miss the white light at the end of the tunnel. The author does build the world in interesting ways: if you stop moving anywhere but a ‘dead spot’ you start sinking, kids who forget what they look like alter their bodies, if you have the talent you can ‘skin-jack’ the living. Disappointingly, the dialogue is literally eye-rolling. I’d recommend it to kids looking for a cool adventure or with an interest in the afterlife. While definitely not for the critical or ‘literate’ (hate that word) reader, the story was interesting enough for me to skim-read.