Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
Review: Wow what a book. I read The Night Film by Marisha Pessl so when I saw that she had a YA book out I was intrigued. I was hooked from the beginning and once the Neverworld Wake came to be I couldn’t put it down. I’m so glad I went into this blind.
I don’t want to go into the plot as I find the not knowing a great aspect. The atmosphere of the book was crazy. Not only was I able to understand the science fiction elements involved but I could visually see the landscapes being played out in my mind. I felt like I was right there watching it all play out in my mind.
I couldn’t imagine what I would do if I had to live the 11 hours of the same day on repeat. Learn languages? Read all the books? Get all the skills? After a while, it would get pretty boring.
The reason why this book didn’t get the full 5 stars was the characters. Unfortunately, I didn’t find myself rooting for any of them and at times I got some of them confused with others. As well, once the reveal of how to end the loops was mentioned it was pretty easy to guess the outcome.
Overall, really enjoyed this one! Can’t wait to pick up another book by Pessl.