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Neverworld Wake

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  317 Ratings  ·  108 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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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!!!
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
Raeleen Lemay
Jun 21, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: wishlist, young-adult

Prep school, psychological suspense, and Sci-Fi? Not to mention it's written by the amazing Marisha Pessl? Pretty sure this book was made for me.
Lala BooksandLala
Fuck. yes. that. cover.

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
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018
I am confusion.
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
Mar 19, 2018 rated it liked it
what if the secret history, but time travel?
Jul 04, 2017 marked it as to-read
June 5, 2018! I can't wait!
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
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!
Tori (InToriLex)
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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
Sep 01, 2017 is currently reading it
just pre-ordered this and i'm super excited. hoping it goes better than meg wolitzer's foray into YA.
Jillian (bookishandnerdy)
3.5 stars

well this was super interesting...i sort of saw the actual ending coming. i pretty much predicted it but the whole concept of the neverworld was cool and the characters are interesting. there is a bit of a disconnect that i felt towards the characters. overall, i liked it.

arc provided by delacorte press at yallwest 2018

Stacy Fetters
"There are rules of this world, and there is what you do when life comes crashing down around you."

This was my first experience with this author and my expectations were high. Readers lead me in a direction that this author was the best at what she does, but this was such a huge letdown.

From page one I knew that it was going to be a strange read and I’m not denying that it wasn’t. The story just reminded me of things I have read before with a mix of an episode of the Twilight Zone with a dash o
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Night Film is in my top five favorite books, and I am honestly jealous of anyone who has yet to read it for the first time. I have been anxiously anticipating Marisha Pessl’s next novel, and was thrilled to get my hands on an ARC of Neverworld Wake.

Contrary to how I was with Night Film - trying to savor it to make it last longer - I flew through Neverworld Wake over this past weekend. I will admit when I found out it was YA, I was slightly disappointed that it might not be the winding and compul
Viola ☾
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"We swear we see each other, but all we are ever able to make out is a tiny porthole view of an ocean."

I loved this book with all of my heart. It has been months since I read a book that truly gripped me as much as this one. Everything about it was just perfect. The protagonists with all their flaws, the idea behind it and the story itself. I think it would be wrong to classify this one as a psychological thriller since it is so much more: it is also a book about friendship, love, time and memor
May 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
I am going to be blunt: Pessl's ideas have so much potential, but the execution is absolutely terrible.

The concept of the "Neverworld Wake" was fascinating to me, especially the concept of time stopping and the characters living the same day over and over again. This is the type of Twilight Zone eeriness I live for!

However, I constantly lost track of where the plot was supposed to be going. Pessl seems to struggle with pacing, as the book seems to drag in places and rush through others. For in
This is my first novel by Marisha Pessl, but it certainly won't be my last! After a near-collision driving back to Wincroft house, a strange man knocks on the door and tells our characters that the near-collision was anything but and they're all dead - but they don't need to all stay dead. Due to certain circumstances, they are in the Neverworld Wake. A dark and twisted version of Groundhog's Day.

They experience the same day over again - with chances to "re-do" things or experience events in a
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I inhaled this is pretty much two sittings. Suspenseful, weird and twisty. It's not the best Pessl so far but it's really enjoyable. 3.5 out of 5.
Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)
This was the novel I’ve been waiting for at Yallwest, or the very reason why I wanted to attend Yallwest. I was lucky enough to snag a copy of this novel!

Now onto my review:

I loved Marisha Pessl’s entrancing writing in Neverworld Wake. I felt as though I was taken into a different world. Her writing just resonated with me because she “had a way with words,” eliciting all kinds of emotions from me. I was bawling near the end of the novel. Needless to say, the story was gripping and I also can’t
Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide/Novelly Yours)
Initial Impressions 5/14/18: 3.5 stars
I was not quite sure what to expect from NEVERWORLD WAKE and from the cover and synopsis, I was picturing a much more atmospheric read with a spooky, twisty vibe. There were definitely twists in this book but I think I would have enjoyed it much more if it had been a straight mystery/thriller or straight magical realism with no mystery. I think magical realism is probably the most accurate way to describe what the Neverworld Wake is in this book... it's a tr
Jen Ryland
Loved this!!!!

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May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
SO good. I loved Night Film but thought it was almost over done in a way, trying to be as weird as possible. Neverworld Wake is like the perfect mix of If We Were Villains, We Were Liars, Before I Fall, and A Wrinkle in Time, and even those don’t sum it up. A group of six best friends. One of them dead, surrounded by lingering questions and suspicions. One night gone awry, leaving the remaining five trapped in time with each other. Amazingly written and will leave you on the literal edge of your ...more
David Edmonds
OK, so I've now been trying to write a review that doesn't give anything away about this book, and I can't. So I'll just give you my general impressions about aspects of the book. I've been sitting on my review of Marisha Pessl's Neverworld Wake for a couple of days now, wondering how I wanted to write this. On the one hand, this is typical Pessl, with a twisting, unpredictable story that doesn't necessarily end up where you think it will. On the other, this is Pessl's first foray into YA, and I ...more
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Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

When a text invitation arrives from one of her forsaken friends on her last day of freshman college, Beatrice “Bumblebee” knows she must go. It’s a healing needed, a closure. Having lost her boyfriend to an as yet unsolved death, she wants to find out what they know, how they can help her find the answers.

She heads out for to Wincroft, a mansion owned by relatives to whom she was about to visit. The old clique is rich, a tad haughty and somewhat eccentric. Beatric
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. (It was not a Goodreads giveaway - if you are the person/publisher who sent it to me, please let me know so I can thank you! It arrived with very little information.)

I've been kind of obsessed with Marisha Pessl since reading Night Film, and I was really hoping that this would be the same kind of creepy. It's not quite that.

After the unexpected death of one of their group, five teenage friends get together for one last hurrah. The
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it
i guess the best way to describe marisha pessl's writing is 'uneven'. which sucks!! i wanted to love this book so bad!! i read the first forty pages and was sucked right in and then all of that momentum was squandered. it's a great set up, not wholly original but engrossing, but the problem i kept having was the skimming. pessl does this thing where she skims through things, like a literary montage, but i found every time she did i was a) irritated and b) bored, and it KEPT HAPPENING, popping up ...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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