Neverworld Wake

Neverworld Wake

by Marisha Pessl

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Neverworld Wake 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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224perweek More than 1 year ago
Well...……….this story was a little hard to follow at times but it was still good. A little confusing about the wakes but I kinda caught on after a while.
ahyperboliclife More than 1 year ago
“Our friendship was born there…. You could feel life burning us, our scars as 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 gradile and death was real.” So I guess I read mysteries now? Mysteries, as a genre, aren’t something I normally reach for. Though I do love the inclusion of mysteries in other genres. So I guess it’s no surprise I loved this mystery story with a science fiction fusion. Neverworld Wake explores the struggles of friendships, life, and the ever looming “what if”. Things I Liked This is obviously a mystery story, but it’s heart is about friendship which I LOVED. I’m always here for friendship stories and Neverworld Wake weaves a delicate and realistic story about friendships, secrets, and personal connection. I also really loved seeing how the friendship had changed after the tragic loss of Jim the year before and there’s these new dynamics and a bit of uncertainty. I loved the setting of the Neverworld and experiencing the wakes with the different outcomes. It hooked me immediately and never felt repetitive, despite reliving the same day countless times. I liked seeing what each person brought to the Neverworld and how they shaped their new reality. And I thought the time travel theory, adapted from Martha’s favorite book, The Bend, was unique and fascinating. There was a recklessness and abandonment to the story that was perfect. I think the time repetition really allowed the characters to explore themselves in every possible way and try to rectify who they are and what they’ve done. It was both freeing and maddening. The writing was stunning and there were so many incredible quotes “Friendship, when it runs deep, blinds you to the outside world.” “This phenomenon is not specific to you. There are such moments occurring simultaneously in the past, present, and future all around the world across the universe, known and unknown, crumpled and unfolded. Time does not travel in a straight line. It bends and barrels across tunnels and bridges. It speeds up. Slows down. It even derails.” “...I saw very little as it truly was… We swear we see each other, but all we are ever able to make out is the tiny porthole view of an ocean. We think we remember the past as it was, but our memories are as fantastic and flimsy as dreams. It’s so easy to hate the pretty one, worship the genius, love the rock star, trust the good girl. That’s never their only story. We are all anthologies. We are each thousands of pages long, filled with fairy tales and poetry, mysteries and tragedy, forgotten stories in the back no one will even read.” Things I Didn’t Like There’s honestly not much, but I did think the ending was a little lackluster. I really liked the revel surrounding Jim’s death, but the conclusion of the Neverworld was exactly what I expected, which isn’t ideal in a mystery. Despite some tiny squabbles with the ending, I still loved this story - complex characters, dimensional relationships, unanswered questions - And I will definitely be reading more from Marisha Pessl in the future. Neverworld Wake is a YA debut that is defnitely worth the read.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
What was that? I went into this novel thinking that I was going to read something mysterious and creepy but it was nothing like that, this novel was different. I found myself chuckling at times, puzzled and analytical at others and even shocked as I followed the fate of these young college students. This novel kept me on my toes. The novel begins with a group of college students who reunite to celebrate a birthday. In high school, they were the “in-crowd” and while in high school, one in their group dies, his death is ruled a suicide. Beatrice, cannot seem to get past this specific tragedy, the night that her boyfriend died. As this group gathers and the conversations swells, Jim becomes a topic of discussion. When a knock at the door distracts the party, the individual behind the door transforms the whole group. They think that the words that leave the man’s lips are nonsense yet as the sun rises the next morning, the calendar date stays the same. It was like Groundhog Day only these characters had a different objective, they wanted more information into Jim’s death. I cringed as the “wakes” occurred and the character’s antics became costlier. I feared how it would all play out in the end and I even wondered how they would find their answer. I heard in my head, the song “I Got You Babe” as I read through their “wakes” and I found myself laughing yet their struggles felt real and their answers were slow to materialize. I have mixed feeling about the ending. I liked how it ended but part of it felt cheesy to me. I started to question the sci-fiction part of the novel and the characters themselves. It was definitely a unique novel and one that I am glad that I read. I received a copy of this novel from a Goodreads Giveaway- thank you so much for sharing this title with me.
bookishgay17 More than 1 year ago
I picked up this ARC from the ARC shelf in the library I work at, and I was so excited to find it. Things I liked: - the set-up and premise is super interesting, and the book wastes no time getting into it - it kept me guessing and kept me intrigued and actually caring what happened - those last 30 pages oh my GOD - I enjoyed the writing style, although it doesn’t particularly stick out to me Things that could use some work: - I wanted more of the relationships between the characters, both in the past and in the wake. There was some, but I feel like I didn’t fully grasp the intricacies of the group dynamic - the resolution should’ve been more fleshed out. Specifically, and without giving anything away, the group decision that was made at the end...idk. Maybe I wanted more discussion or arguing or explanation...anything. Overall, the concept and the intrigue kept me hooked. I think maybe I was expecting more of a psychological thriller and for them to focus more on group dynamics/the vote than it was, but that expectation didn’t really hinder my enjoyment. I would definitely recommend this if you’re looking for a YA mystery with a little “magic” thrown in.