What happens after you die? Where do you go? What is it like? These are questions long discussed; even in other books I’ve blogged here. The Everafter, by Amy Huntley, has its own theory. Our guide through the afterlife is Madison Stanton. As the book begins, Madison is sure she is dead, but she doesn’t know anything more than that. She is floating in a vast emptiness, unsure of who she is, where she came from, or anything else about herself. It is only when she notices other things floating in the abyss that things begin to come back to her. The other things are seemingly unrelated objects: “A spoon. A pair of socks, hair clips, pieces of paper, peas, a cell phone, keys, flowers, a handbag, a doll’s shoe.” But each is special to Madison in a particular way. They are all items she had lost throughout her life.
As Madison gets closer to each object, she is thrown back into the time and place she lost it. In this manner she is able to relive events from her life. She can act as an observer, or become a participant by reentering her body. Madison can even change the events of her life by choosing to find the object, although that prevents her from returning to the moment. And some moments, those with her mother, father, best friend Sandra, and boyfriend Gabe, are times she wants to be able to relive again and again. Madison must decide how to use these objects, and determine if they can help her learn how she died.
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