Books by Neal Shusterman

THUNDERHEAD by Neal Shusterman
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Fear the reaper(s)…but relish this intelligent and entertaining blend of dark humor and high death tolls. (Science fiction. 14-adult)"
Death proves impermanent in this sequel to Scythe (2016). Read full book review >
SCYTHE by Neal Shusterman
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"A thoughtful and thrilling story of life, death, and meaning. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
Two teens train to be society-sanctioned killers in an otherwise immortal world. Read full book review >
UNBOUND by Neal Shusterman
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"A competently produced set of stories that will send fans over the moon and swiftly intrigue newcomers. (Dystopia. 12-16)"
The Unwind world is thoroughly explored in this companion piece. Read full book review >
CHALLENGER DEEP by Neal Shusterman
Released: April 21, 2015

"An adventure in perspective as well as plot, this unusual foray into schizophrenia should leave readers with a deeper understanding of the condition. (author's note) (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Fantasy becomes reality in an exploration of mental illness based partly on the experiences of the author's son, who is also the book's illustrator. Read full book review >
UNDIVIDED by Neal Shusterman
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Everything culminates in an action-packed, heart-wrenching conclusion guaranteed to chill readers to the bone. (Dystopian adventure. 12-15)"
The grisly conclusion to the Unwind Dystology. Read full book review >
TESLA'S ATTIC by Neal Shusterman
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"A wild tale in the spirit of Back to the Future, with a hint of Malamud's The Natural tossed in. (Science fiction. 8-14)"
In Book 1 of the Accelerati Trilogy, Nick Slate cleans out his attic, holds a garage sale and changes "the very course of human existence." Read full book review >
UNSOULED by Neal Shusterman
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"A meandering, stop-and-start continuation of the Unwind Dystology. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
The third book of Shusterman's best-selling series finds legendary "Akron AWOL" Connor and former tithe Lev making their way across the country to Ohio to find a woman who may be able to help them stop the Unwinding forever. Read full book review >
SHIP OUT OF LUCK by Neal Shusterman
Released: June 13, 2013

"Nevertheless, a highly enjoyable ride. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Teenager Antsy Bonano gets into an amazing amount of trouble while spending a week on a luxurious Caribbean cruise ship in this agreeable companion to The Schwa Was Here (2004). Read full book review >
UNWHOLLY by Neal Shusterman
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"A breathless, unsettling read. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
After surviving the attack on the Happy Jack Harvest Camp, the heroes from Unwind (2007) lead the revolt against the Unwind Accord. Read full book review >
EVERFOUND by Neal Shusterman
Released: May 3, 2011

"Rich in detail, with exceptional characterization and shot through with unexpected (and very necessary) humor, this is an engrossing and thoroughly satisfying ending to a unique saga of life after death. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Shusterman ends his provocative trilogy with a rock-solid adventure that manages to examine deep questions of faith and morality. Read full book review >
BRUISER by Neal Shusterman
Released: July 1, 2010

"Once again, Shusterman spins a fantastic tale that sheds light on everyday life. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Shusterman's latest is an unlikely love story. Read full book review >
EVERWILD by Neal Shusterman
Released: Nov. 10, 2009

"A fascinating read penned by an expert hand. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Everlost is where children go when they die, if they miss their chance to go into the light or are just not ready to transition into the hereafter. Read full book review >
ANTSY DOES TIME by Neal Shusterman
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Silliness balances out the maudlin, keeping Antsy's story from either bathos or antic excess. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Antsy Bonano of The Schwa Was Here (2004) continues his trend of befriending boys named after vowel sounds and diacritics, when he strikes up a strange relationship with classmate Gunnar Ümlaut. Read full book review >
UNWIND by Neal Shusterman
Released: Nov. 6, 2007

"As with classics such as 1984 and Fahrenheit 451, one can only hope that this vision of the future never becomes reality. (Science fiction. YA)"
Shusterman's Everlost (2006) dealt with death and children with a sense of innocence, redemption and even humor. Read full book review >
EVERLOST by Neal Shusterman
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"For anyone who has lost a friend or loved one at an early age, this is a good read. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Death isn't an easy subject to write about, but Shusterman handles it deftly, as he explores what happens to two children who are "lost" on their way "towards the light." Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2006

"Nicely disquieting. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
For the third entry in his Dark Fusion series, Shusterman gives another familiar tale both a contemporary setting (with some magic thrown in) and an ingenious, eerie twist. Read full book review >
DARK FUSION by Neal Shusterman
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Fine fare for a solitary evening's reading, and middle range on the gruesomeness scale. (Fantasy. YA)"
Shusterman's second Dark Fusion outing follows Dread Locks (April 15, 2005) in adding folktale elements to a contemporary teen horror tale. Read full book review >
DREAD LOCKS by Neal Shusterman
Released: May 1, 2005

"Though there's nothing appealing about the thoroughly flat characters, the tension-filled climax puts a fascinating twist on the traditional way to defeat a gorgon. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
Goldilocks and the Three Bears doesn't blend well with the story of Medusa, but suspense keeps this thriller going until the end. Read full book review >
THE SCHWA WAS HERE by Neal Shusterman
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"The presence of stock characters and subplots doesn't detract from the cleverness and humor of this tall tale. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Calvin Schwa is special, see? Read full book review >
FULL TILT by Neal Shusterman
Released: June 1, 2003

"Since only Blake has any depth of character, it's not much of a trip. (Fiction. 10-15)"
In this not-very-thrilling magical thriller, 16-year-old Blake comes to terms with old fears. Read full book review >
SHATTERED SKY by Neal Shusterman
Released: June 1, 2001

"Fans will wish to investigate, and it might tempt some of the Lahaye & Jenkins crowd; otherwise, this erratic and sometimes wearisome vampire variant has little to offer."
Apocalyptic just-about-independently-intelligible final installment of Shusterman's Star Shards trilogy (Scorpion Shards, 1995, and Thief of Souls, not reviewed, were both published as YA titles). Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"The mystery and nonstop action will draw teens in; but the uncomfortable questions raised about guilt and responsibility will linger on. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Coinciding with the re-release of Shusterman's first novel (The Shadow Club, 1988), this sequel addresses the lingering consequences of hatred and revenge. Read full book review >
DOWNSIDERS by Neal Shusterman
Released: June 1, 1999

"Urban readers, at least, will be checking the storm drains for peering faces in the wake of this cleverly envisioned romp. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Shusterman (The Dark Side of Nowhere, 1997, etc.) twines suspense and satire through this ingenious tale of a secret community living deep beneath the streets of New York City. Read full book review >
SCORPION SHARDS by Neal Shusterman
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Shusterman's dead-on portrayal of teenage phobias and his engaging, sympathetic characters combine in a haunting but ultimately reassuring novel. (Fiction. 12+)"
Shusterman (The Eye of Kid Midas, 1992, etc.) turns the pitfalls of adolescence into a landscape of nightmares, demonstrating that anyone can become a hero just by confronting old fears. Read full book review >
THE EYES OF KID MIDAS by Neal Shusterman
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"The story resembles Beatrice Gormley's tales of magic gone wrong, but it's much more sobering: The frequent gags and gaffes seem pale compared to the nightmarish plot; and it's hard to know whether to laugh at—or be chilled by—Kevin's predicament. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A terrifying, somewhat confused reworking of a familiar theme: When Kevin Midas, smallest kid in class, finds a talisman that grants wishes but can't reverse them, events quickly escape his control. Read full book review >
WHAT DADDY DID by Neal Shusterman
Released: May 1, 1991

"Though the story is based in truth, it doesn't feel true; fiction or fact, that's a crime. (Fiction. 11+)"
Readers won't need to know the true story behind Shusterman's latest; as fiction, the premise of a boy's coming to grips with his mother's murder by his father is compelling stuff. Read full book review >
SPEEDING BULLET by Neal Shusterman
Released: Jan. 1, 1990

In a well-told melodrama, heroism is thrust on an N.Y.C. teen-ager who must then bear its consequences. Read full book review >