"There are about three hundred billion stars to a galaxy, and more than eighty billion galaxies in the known universe. That means that if only one in a million planets can support life, and one in a million of those actually HAS life, and one in a million of THOSE planets has INTELLIGENT life… then there are at least one and a half million civilizations out there."

—Neal Shusterman, “Everfound”

Books of the moment

• Everwild / Everfound by Neal Shusterman
• The Vampire in the Basement (fanfic)

FLYING through this book right now. It’s the first in a trilogy. Here’s the description:

"Nick and Allie don’t survive the car accident, but their souls don’t exactly get where they’re supposed to get either. Instead, they’re caught halfway between life and death, in a sort of limbo known as Everlost: a shadow of the living world, filled with all the things and places that no onger exist. It’s a magical, yet dangerous place where bands of lost children run wild and anyone who stands in the same place too long sinks to the center of the Earth.

When they find Mary, the self-proclaimed queen of lost kids, Nick feels like he he’s found a home, but allie isn’t satisfied spending eternity between worlds. Against all warnings, Allie begins learning the “Criminal Art” of haunting, and ventures into dangerous territory, where a monster called the McGill threatens all the souls of Everlost.”

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