From School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-The second entry in the trilogy, a modern interpretation of the Persephone myth, picks up two months after the heartbreaking ending of Everneath (HarperCollins, 2012). Nikki Beckett is determined to save her true love, who selflessly gave himself to the life-sucking Tunnels of the Everneath in her place. Unfortunately, rescuing Jack requires the assistance of Cole, the Everliving being who originally lured Nikki into the Everneath, fed on her emotional pain, and now wants to use her to usurp its queen. As wary allies, Nikki and Cole agree to face the perils of the labyrinthine landscape guarding the entrance to the Tunnels where Jack is slowly wasting away. While the complexities of this frightening realm are richly explored and the murky intentions of Cole create tension, it's the memories of first love blossoming between Nikki and Jack that act as a compass in the dangerous underworld that give the novel its emotional core. The breakneck plotting never falters and perfectly sets up the cliff-hanger ending and final twist. Expect readers to be panting for the final installment.-Caroline Tesauro, Radford Public Library, VAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Two months after the events of the Everneath, Nikki Beckett is desperate to save her boyfriend, Jack, who took her place in the Tunnels. Her only way in is with Cole, the Everliving who fed off of her during her 100 years in the Everneath. Nikki doesn’t trust Cole, but she needs his help. The story builds on the groundwork laid by Ashton in the first book of this trilogy (Everneath, 2012), based on the Persephone myth. The majority of the book is set in the Everneath, which resembles an Elemental version of Dante’s circles of hell. The power of stories—a person’s personal mythology—is a recurring theme, as Nikki recalls memories of Jack to tether her and guide her to him. We even hear a few tales from Cole’s own long history. Despite Nikki’s devotion, Jack is the disadvantaged side of the love triangle because he is just a story throughout, whereas Cole is an active antihero readers can journey alongside. A devastating cliff-hanger sets the stage for this Persephone’s final story. Grades 9-12, --Kara Dean