Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

Neverworld Wake

Once upon a time, back at Darrow-Harker School, Beatrice Hartley and her six 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 questio...

Details Neverworld Wake

TitleNeverworld Wake
Release DateJun 5th, 2018
PublisherDelacorte Press
GenreYoung Adult, Mystery, Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Reviews Neverworld Wake

  • Emma Giordano
    I really enjoyed this book! I managed to remain intrigued throughout the entire story. So many twists and turns. A great first young adult novel from Marisha Pessl!CW: death, murder, suicide, depressionIf you’re going into this book expected a young adult rendition of Night Film, don’t pick this one up. Neverworld Wake does retain a similar air of mystery to Night Film, but other than that, the story is entirely different. I really enjoyed th...
  • karen
    hm. yeah, i think i am going to stick with a flat three on this one. it’s a shame, because i was looking forward to this with hearts in my eyes and a quiver in my loins and i even got a sweet signed copy, but while it is a thoroughly enjoyable, medium book, it stays right there in the the positive column, pessl makes the transition to YA very well - this is perfectly suited for its audience and the pacing, the themes, the characters, ...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    Read for Popsugar's 2018 Reading Challenge #23: A Book About Time TravelLet me start out by saying I don't think this is a bad book, as I think it was pretty clever and unique in a lot of ways, but the plot and characters just didn't appeal to me AT ALL. So I would recommend this to people who like time travel and mystery/thrillers, as the main focus of the book is the characters trying to solve the mystery of their friend's death.So, this book s...
  • Warda
    I was absolutely captivated by the synopsis for this book initially. It had intrigue, mystery and sounded dark. My kinda thing!I won’t give too much of the plot away since it’s always best to go in blind with these types of books. It’s safe to say, the plot pulled me in. The mystery surrounding it had me turning the pages and what kept me reading. The writing did an amazing job at making me envision the world quite vividly. However, the cha...
  • bran (brandonthebookaddict)
    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 ever read. I feel like a lot of people going into this book will come in with high expectations and somewhat of a buzz, especially if one has already read Marisha Pessl's raved thriller, Night Film. I think a lot of people going in will expect something.....else, but will end up with so...
  • Edward Lorn
    The first thing you need to know, before I type anything else, is that this book is not bad because it's YA. This book is bad because it's bad. Period.It is with a heavy heart that I must deem this book a complete failure. I've thought about it for the past few days (the book only took two days to read) and I've come to the conclusion that I wasted my time reading it. There are several reasons for this, and I'm going to try and be level-headed, b...
  • Chelsea
    Trust me, no one is more disappointed than I am right now.Considering that Night Film is one of my top three books of all time, I was so excited to get my hands on an early copy of Pessl’s third novel.I didn’t hate it, and I was engaged throughout the book. However, I think this could have been so much more, which is why I’m coming away feeling more disappointed than anything. The Plot I went into this having absolutely no clue what this wa...
  • Caroline
    ***SPOILERS HIDDEN***Marisha Pessl’s third book is her first offering not only in the young adult genre but also science fiction, and it’s a success. The story is a balanced blend of the solid (a murder-mystery element) and the fantastical (the “Neverworld” sci-fi element, also a mystery). Pessl has proven herself a masterful writer who goes above and beyond in her work. Although Neverworld Wake is modest compared to her Special Topics in...
  • Karima chermiti
    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 ever read. Neverworld Wake confirmed it for me, Marisha Pessl is one of a kind. No one writes atmospheric, spooky and powerful profound story with a thought...
  • Michael
    I am confusion.
  • Amelia
    I really enjoyed this book. It was well-crafted and you can tell it was thought out right down to every detail. The reason why it lost a star is that it was a little hard to get into. I had to read the first few chapters before I was really invested with the story. Highly recommend!
  • Rachel
    I don't usually write long reviews, but I started to type up everything that was annoying me about this book, so here you go.Yeah, it's rambling and whatever. I'm just so disappointed that the author of one of my favorite books (Night Film) wrote this... The Plot I noticed a lot of people were anticipating this book because they think it's a boarding school supernatural mystery. It's not. The characters did go to a boarding school and that's how ...
  • j
    what if the secret history, but time travel?
  • Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
    Plot: 2.5 starsNarrator: 4 starsI am not sure if I would have had a different experience with the story had I chose to read it versus listen to it; there was too much going on. I found myself losing interest and it was almost a DNF had I not wanted to figure out what the heck was going on.I will preface my review with: I typically do not read supernatural and found myself feeling the story was a bit farfetched, but still with a rather interesting...
  • Bill Kupersmith
    Though generically a YA, Neverworld Wake should appeal to older readers; it certainly does to this one. It is the book that I’d waited for Marisha Pessl to write, a school-story version of Donna Tartt’s The Secret History with teen-aged characters and set in New England. Pessl has delivered the whole shooting match. Five BFs, graduates of Darrow School in Rhode Island, have a reunion the summer after their first year in college: the wealthy W...
  • Marianna Neal
    New releases this year... What's going on?Loved the idea behind this, couldn't care less about the characters. As a result, didn't really care much for the novel overall, which is sad because Night Film is one of my favorites books. The writing style didn't do much for me either, and honestly, I wouldn't have guessed the same person wrote Night Film and Neverworld Wake. Also, if I ever meet anyone who actually calls everyone "child" and isn't at ...
  • Tori (InToriLex)
    Content Warning: Suicide, Murder, Mental Illness, Drug UseThis book pulled me out of my reading slump because I had such a good time with this book. Beatrice/ Bee sets out to find answers from her ex-group of friends about her boyfriend Jim , who died suddenly. After a night out they find out they are stuck in time by a mysterious man. While stuck in time the mystery of what happened to Jim begins to unravel while secrets the friends have held cl...
  • Dennis
    3.5 starsFolks, before you even think about picking up Neverworld Wake , throw out what you know about Marisha Pessl and Night Film right out the window. If you compare the two works of Ms. Pessl, you will be completely and utterly disappointed. Night Film is a mature, atmospheric, suspense/crime fiction masterpiece, while Neverworld Wake is a young adult driven whodunnit/supernatural novel. Beatrice Hartley is still recovering from the shocki...
  • Kate
    4.5/5starsI LOVED THIS. normally i would give a 4.5 star book a 4 star but i want everyone to understand how much i enjoyed this so i'm giving it the full 5 for GR rating.This book, I legit couldn't put it down. I didn't even mean to read it all at once and even TRIED to set a stopping point for myself and failed THREE TIMES. I didn't eat or play with my cat or do anything but READ while I was absorbing this. I. Loved. It.This book is about a gro...
  • Carlos
    I liked this book a lot , from the setup to the settings and to all of the minor characters and the plot. It was such a wild ride listening to this audiobook, I had read some reviews and thought it was going to be a poor read but I was pleasantly surprised.
  • Maria (Big City Bookworm)
    *Disclaimer: A copy of Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl was provided to me by Indigo Books & Music as part of their monthly teen #IndigoStaffPicks promotion. This does not effect my opinion in any way.--Actual rating: 4.5 Stars!--“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 ever read.”--What I LikedThe complexity. This is one ...
  • Cyn (semi-hiatus)
    2.5 rounded upIntriguing at times but also bland at times.
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    Beatrice Hartley and her five best friends ruled Darrow-Harker School.  Sure there were secrets and alliances and love or something like it, but they'd do anything for each other.Then Jim, the brilliant writer and Beatrice's boyfriend, is found dead at the bottom of the quarry near campus just weeks before graduation.  His death is ruled a suicide.Beatrice never believed Jim committed suicide and after a year of grieving, she finally returns to...
  • Doug
    Pessl's first two books were marvels in both construction and innovation, but after finishing them, I felt like I had just completed a 100,000 piece jigsaw puzzle... and was left with either a few extra pieces ... or a few gaping holes and no pieces to fill them. They also felt (at 514 and 640 pages respectively) a bit bloated and in need of judicious editing. No such problem blights Pessl's third endeavor - which is both a blessing and a curse. ...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    “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...
  • Sheila
    2 stars--meh. So disappointed! I normally love Marisha Pessl, but this had mediocre writing, a premise that didn't hold up under too much thought (and a premise I couldn't suspend my disbelief for), and characters that were caricatures and unlikable (seriously, why were they friends?). I'll give this 2 stars instead of 1 because I kept reading to find out the answer to the murder mystery--but the answer was dumb and annoying. Everything just felt...
  • hayden
    THIS is how you leap from adult fiction to YA.YES, marisha!this book put me in its pocket and kept me there until i'd made it through all three-hundred-something pages, at which point i emerged, disoriented, unsure where the book ended and my world began. a wonderful combination of twisty-turny christie-like mystery, sci-fi, character study, and tartt-y school drama.if marisha could hurry up with that next book, that'd be great.