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Neverworld Wake

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,913 Ratings  ·  471 Reviews
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 c
Hardcover, 327 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Delacorte Press
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Emma Giordano
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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, depression

If 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 the world of Neverworld Wake. I expected this novel to h
Raeleen Lemay
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, own, 2018
Read for Popsugar's 2018 Reading Challenge #23: A Book About Time Travel

Let 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 sort of reads like All You Need is Kill (or Edge of
Apr 26, 2017 marked it as to-read


Chelsea Humphrey
Nov 04, 2017 marked it as to-read
Someone please hold me. This is not a drill, I REPEAT THIS IS NOT A DRILL! I need this more than anything else in 2018!!!!!!! Haaaallllpppp!!!
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 characters fell flat for me. There was no substance to them
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 something different, instead.

This book was so biz
Edward Lorn
Jun 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
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, because I'm a huge (fucking massive) fan of Marisha
Lala BooksandLala
Fuck. yes. that. cover.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star
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 was about other than that the blurb sounded weird, so I’m

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 Calamity Physics and Night Film--it doesn’t contain illus
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-provoking ending and memorable sense of doom like s
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018
I am confusion.
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!
Mar 19, 2018 rated it liked it
what if the secret history, but time travel?
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 they know each other, but nothing takes place ther
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 Whitley and her boy friend Cannon, Martha a science gee ...more
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Content Warning: Suicide, Murder, Mental Illness, Drug Use

This 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 close are
Jul 04, 2017 marked it as to-read
June 5, 2018! I can't wait!
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018

I 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 group of ex best friends who find themselves in betwe
3.5 stars

Folks, 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 shocking suicide of her boyfriend Jim, but still hasn't
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 Liked

The complexity. This is one complicated story. It’s one of those stories that
Cyn (semi-hiatus)
2.5 rounded up
Intriguing 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 the seaside estate of Wincroft to see her friends,
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. The ending doesn't leave any loose strands or pond
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 this mystery story with a science fiction fusion. Neverwo
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 shallow and unexplored.

I was so looking forward t
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.
Jacqueline Smith
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My sister and I received an ARC of this book. Oh my goodness... It's amazing!
Ali (the bandar blog)
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Reasons I enjoyed Neverworld Wake:
1. There's something so easy about young adult stories. I don't know what it is, but they're no work to comprehend, and I love it. You open it up and you're basically already settled into things. Maybe it's because of the formatting of YA novels? Maybe it's that the writing is generally less sophisticated? I have no idea, but this book was wonderfully easy to read.

2. The concept of the novel is quickly gripping (read the synopsis!!). The suspense aspect of the s
Victoria E. Ellis
I was super excited to read this because of how much I love, love, love Night Film. Unfortunately it did not live up to my expectations. Essentially this is a Groundhog Day sort of situation, where only one of the five friends will leave the cycle, and they have to vote on who. The biggest difference between this and her previous book is that it's a YA novel, and it read very stereotypically YA, whereas Night Film felt so unique. If you like Sara Shepard, especially her Perfectionists duology, t ...more
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Marisha Pessl grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, and now lives in New York City. Special Topics in Calamity Physics, her debut novel, was a bestseller in both hardcover and paperback. It won the 2006 John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize (now the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize), and was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review. Her ...more
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“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.” 1 likes
“Those were the best nights of my life. I couldn’t say why, exactly, this was so—only that I knew that as an old woman, when I thought back to my youth, I’d remember these nights, sitting with these five people along the harrowing window ledge of the Foreman’s Lookout, gazing into that clear blue lake hundreds of feet below. Our friendship was born there. There we were bound together. Something about seeing each other against that spare, alien backdrop of rock, water, and sky—not to mention the prohibited, dangerous thing we were doing—it X-rayed us, revealed the unspoken questions we each were asking. 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 fragile and death was real.” 1 likes
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