Over the past few years I’ve noticed a trend in young adult (YA) fiction in the Fantasy genre that seems to be going strong. Retellings of classical mythological figures, angels and demons, and explorations of death as the netherworld (instead of all that fire and brimstone) are increasing in popularity.
I’ve blogged about Meg Cabot’s Abandon series (Abandon, Underworld) which re-imagines the Hades and Persephone myth. There’s also Aimee Carter’s The Goddess Test (series) which I’ve been meaning to read/review as well (same concept). If you lean towards the angel stories, I recommend the Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick.
The display racks in the Teen Lounge (at my local library) are one of my guilty pleasures. I try to slip in an hour before closing, or just before opening, when it’s usually just me and the books. Kudos to library staff who seem to devour YA Fiction and have the newest, most popular titles on the shelves. I love discovering a great new read!
That’s how I found Brodi Ashton’s Everneath. So today, I’m blogging a bit about what exactly there is to love about this book (and there’s a lot!).
Nikki Beckett, the girl in red, is gorgeous in a red ethereal gown as elemental forces sweep around her feet and almost seem to be tearing her gown from her (which, actually, they are). I adore this cover but in fairness to The Sweetest Dark, this is another of those depictions that you really need to read the book to understand.
It takes a bit of explaining to understand the world concept of the Everneath but it’s important to get a feel for the setting of the story and what’s at stake so here goes, in as brief as possible:
In a parallel world to ours, there exists the Everneath (think: Hades) where there are cities of immortals who live and serve a Queen. These beings get their immortality during ‘the feed’, a one-hundred year period spent absorbing the life force of a human from the Surface (Earth) that’s been lured below. Humans are kind of like batteries (whoa, Matrix back flash there) and at the end of this century-long process, no longer remember their life in the Surface world, or even their names
Nikki Beckett is drawn to one of these immortals, Cole, and awakens from ‘the feed’ with a condition no other human has: she remembers who she is. Nikki makes a damning choice to spend six months on the Surface with her family, to say goodbye before she will be sentenced to the Tunnels, where banshee-like forces called The Shades make sure no-one escapes… for eternity. Nikki is determined to use her six-month (real-time) grace period to find a way to escape her fate. But can Nikki answer the big question her parents, friends and classmates want to know: where the hades did she disappear to for six months?**
I love this series. It’s clever, it’s a great new look at the underworld mythos. I love the idea of incorporating more mythology into stories. There’s a timelessness about it that fits. So, what did you think of Everneath?
Grab a cuppa and let’s chat!