I love me some Marisha Pessl. I've read (and devoured) her two previous books - CALAMITY PHYSICS is one of my all-time favorites. I love Marisha's love for books - it's evident on every page of her writing, and this was no different. THE BEND was a central hinge of the storytelling, and layered in a unique literary element to what was happening in the Neverworld. The characters were all fully-fleshed out humans, not always the case in ensemble novels, and I quickly gained affinity for both Bea and Martha.
NEVERWORLD WAKE made me think about a lot of big picture issues, and fathom what I myself would do if stuck in this situation. Enumerating the endless number of days that they found ways to infiltrate the police department, onto rich folks' yachts, and other ways to buck the system was one of my favorite chapters.
Marisha's foray into YA is definitely a successful one.
I could not have loved this book any more that I do right at this moment. It was beautifully charted, masterfully written, and full of epigram-esque sentences that will stay with me for time to come. Haig has written a novel that jumps in time, yet always feels present, and kept me invested in Tom’s journey throughout his hundreds of years of life. I can only say that I wish this novel was twice as long; I yearned to hear more about his adventures with Omai, his time in Shakespearean England and dalliances at famed piano bars.
I cannot recommend this novel highly enough. I can’t wait to share it with all my close friends and family, the highest honor I can bestow to a book.
I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway.