Tuesday October 6, 2009
by Amy Huntley
Available September 29, 2009
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.
There is way more to this book than even the cover or summary can tell you. I seriously read this book in one sitting because I couldn't put it down!
As the reader you travel with Maddy as she travels through The Everafter and re-experiences parts of her life based on the artifacts that are floating around her. From the beginning you can sense that there are more to these objects than meets the eye.
Going back and reliving certain moments allows Maddy to follow the trail to her eventual death, like clues in a mystery that she is trying to solve. Along the way Maddy learns how to sit back and watch the events reenacted instead of personifying her previous self. This lets her see if anyone else is in The Everafter with her and what she finds out amazes her.
This is one of those books that I really don't want to say much about other than it is a great read. I was immediately swept into Maddy's story and I became as desperate as she was to find out what happened.
Great writing and a heart-warming (and at times heart-breaking) story that you won't want to put down!
Appropriate for 7th grade and up!