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Neverworld Wake

Neverworld Wake - Marisha Pessl
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.