THE EVERAFTER by Amy Huntley
HarperCollins: Balzer + Bray
released September 29, 2009
rating: IT WAS OKAY
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 Maddy has in this place are luminescent objects that turn out to be all the things she lost while she was alive. And soon she discovers that, with these artifacts, she can reexperience - and 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 frightening truths about her life - and death.
I picked up this book because Amy Huntley is coming to Ann Arbor (not my city, but close enough), Michigan, for a book signing on September 22nd. Please see this website for more information. Colleen Gleason, Jennifer Armintrout, and Toby Barlow will also be participating in the same discussion / signing event.
The Everafter is the story of Madison Stanton and her exploration of her life through various objects she lost along the way. The concept is interesting, but it falls a little flat, and its disjointed nature makes it a jarring read. It's also a little difficult to get attached to the characters when, as the reader, you're constantly jumping from one point in time to another.
That said, I did enjoy reading the book, even if it was only to get to the end. After the first few chapters, learning about Maddy's life through her lost objects turned into something of a challenge. And it was refreshing to think I had everything figured out, only to have Huntley throw me for a loop.