Brody Fair feels like nobody gets him: not his overworked parents, not his genius older brother, and definitely not the girls in the projects set on making his life miserable. Then he meets Nico, an art student who takes Brody to Everland, a “knock-off Narnia” that opens its door at 11:21pm each Thursday for Nico and his band of present-day misfits and miscreants.
Here Brody finds his tribe and a weekly respite from a world where he feels out of place. But when the doors to Everland begin to disappear, Brody is forced to make a decision: He can say goodbye to Everland and to Nico, or stay there and risk never seeing his family again.
I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
I really loved the feel of this book – it’s sort of gently whimsical but still dealing with teenage life. Brody doesn’t feel like he fits in really, but finds Nico and Everland and begins to drift from his real life into the wonderful fantasy that is Everland.
Much like Cameron’s previous book, this is a perfect blend of contemporary and fantastical. Everland is the perfect foil to the reality of Brody’s real life, and feeling like he doesn’t know where he’s heading. In some ways that doesn’t change in the book, he just becomes more comfortable with it, which I really like.
The book is also casually inclusive – lots of different races and sexualities, which is awesome.
Really lovely and enjoyable read.
Buy Last Bus to Everland from Amazon UK.