The Skinjacker Trilogy
A trilogy of the adventures of Nick and Allie through the mysterious world of Everlost by Neal Shusterman.
Nick and Allie don't survive the car accident...
... but their souls don't exactly get to where they're supposed to either. Instead, they're caught halfway between life and death, in a sort of limbo known as Everlost: a shadow of the living world, filled with things and places that no longer exist. It's a magical, yet dangerous place where bandits of lost children run wild and anyone who stands in the same place too long sinks to the center of the Earth.
There was a rumor of a beautiful sky witch, who soared across the heavens in a great silver balloon. And there were whispers of a terrible ogre made entirely of chocolate, who lured unsuspecting souls with that rich promising smell, only to cast them down a bottomless pit from which there was no return.
Everlost, the limbo land of dead children, is at war.
It becomes clear that the outcome will determine not just the fate of Everlost, but the fate of the living world as well.
- Alliterative Name: Megan Mary McGill and her younger brother Mikey McGill.
- An Astral Projection, Not a Ghost
- Body Surf: Skinjacking.
- Character Focus
- Cliff Hanger
- Conveniently Coherent Thoughts: Averted - when 'skinjacking' a human, random disjointed thoughts just bounce around.
- Earn Your Happy Ending
- Jacob Marley Apparel/Limited Wardrobe: Afterlights are forced to wear the clothes they died in.
- Kid Hero
- Meaningful Name: Since memories of the living world fade so quickly in Everlost, most kids forget their own names within a year. Therefore, they're often named something that has to do with their appearance in Everlost. Kids named Pugsy (looks like a pug), Bedhair (self-explanatory), and Speedo (drowned in a pool) are just a few.
- Older Than They Look: Since no one in Everlost is over seventeen, kids who died hundreds of years ago can look like eight-year-olds. For example, Mary Hightower looks fifteen, but actually died almost a hundred years before the start of the series.
- Our Ghosts Are Different
- Sequel Hook
- Story Within a Story: Each chapter is prefaced with an excerpt from either one of the many books written by Mary, or Allie the Outcast's book Everything Mary Says is Wrong. They can be quite creepy, at times, when juxtaposed against the story. Especially in Everlost.
- Trapped in Another World
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Mary Hightower, who, by the end of the second book, is planning to kill everyone in the world in order to spare them the misery of being alive, and bring all the children to Everlost. Before that, she was trying to bring every child in Everlost under her wing and set them in a rut for eternity, so they'd be happy and trapped in Everlost. Mary also ended up telling a skinjacker to go kill children and bring them into Everlost.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: What happened to Zin? She lived and we never saw her again.