NEVERWAS by Kelly Moore


From the "Amber House Trilogy" series, volume 2
Age Range: 13 - 18
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In this sequel to Amber House (2012), the creepy atmosphere of its predecessor segues into full-blown terror when its heroine finds herself in a world where Nazis and racism prevail.

Picking up where Amber House left off, Sarah Parsons finds herself in a new version of history, created when she altered time by saving her beloved brother, Sammy, and her aunt, Maggie. While the people in her life are the same, the backdrop is different: Racism reigns where she lives in Maryland, part of what is now known as the American Confederation of States. As confusing memories and an overwhelming sense of déjà vu set in, Sarah realizes what she has done—and what she must now do. With the help of Amber House, the “echoes” of her ancestors, and her clairvoyant love interest, Jackson, she vows to once again change history and right the wrongs she inadvertently caused. This installment presents a stark departure from the preceding volume; gone are the creepy ghost children and specters in mirrors, now replaced by Sarah’s confident knowledge that these ghosts are there to guide her. The authors’ vision of this alternate, broken United States slowly comes into focus, rather as a ghost might materialize in the background. Sure, ghosts are scary, but a world where the Holocaust lasted for 75 years and may continue? That’s inconceivably frightening.

A wild ride that leaves its readers breathless for the final installment. (Supernatural thriller. 13 & up)

Pub Date: Jan. 7th, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-545-43418-8
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Levine/Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2013


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