The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare

The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare

3.93 (1,356 ratings by Goodreads)
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For as long as 17-year-old Alex Wayfare can remember, she has had visions of the past. Visions that make her feel like she's really on a ship bound for America, living in Jamestown during the Starving Time, or riding the original Ferris wheel at the World's Fair.
But these brushes with history pull her from her daily life without warning, sometimes leaving her with strange lasting effects and wounds she can't explain. Trying to excuse away the aftereffects has booked her more time in the principal's office than in any of her classes and a permanent place at the bottom of the social hierarchy. Alex is desperate to find out what her visions mean and get rid of them.
It isn't until she meets Porter, a stranger who knows more than should be possible about her, that she learns the truth: Her visions aren't really visions. Alex is a Descender - capable of traveling back in time by accessing Limbo, the space between Life and Afterlife. Alex is one soul with fifty-six past lives, fifty-six histories.
Fifty-six lifetimes to explore: the prospect is irresistible to Alex, especially when the same mysterious boy with soulful blue eyes keeps showing up in each of them. But the more she descends, the more it becomes apparent that someone doesn't want Alex to travel again. Ever.
And will stop at nothing to make this life her last.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 414 pages
  • 131 x 200 x 28mm | 354g
  • Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1908844930
  • 9781908844934
  • 509,797

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"I never expected "The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare" to be as good as it was. It took me completely by surprise and turned out to be quite possibly one of the best novels from Strange Chemistry books to date. Forget popular books like "The Hunger Games & Twilight", M.G. Buehrlen's debut novel is something that every young adult fan should read."
- Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

"It is addictive and completely unputdownable. M.G. Buehrlen has astounded me; she's a genius. I couldn't put this book down, couldn't stop. There's mystery and intrigue and about a thousand hints and red herrings to throw you off. This is the kind of book that needs to be read, book-club style, and talked about: "what's going on?," "who did this?" "whyyyyy?!" All this--and more. "The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare" is a stunning novel that is expertly written and paced and presented and--and everything. This book is beautifully heart-breaking and inspiring and terrifying and meaningful. It will surprise and delight and astonish."
- Jet Black Ink

"a non-stop thrill-a-minute ride with some quick detours in our thinking necesary. I did not want this book to end, and will anxiously await the next book in the sequel! Looking for a good book? This YA sci-fi adventure is a good book!"
- Looking For A Good Book

"a fun, fast paced read...a wonderful debut novel, and I hope to see a sequel from this author soon."
- Avid Reviews

"The writing is superb as is the character development. The story-line will rivet until the wee hours of the morning, and thankfully, the novel is longer than most so you can make the enjoyment last a little longer. I want more of this story and more of this author."
- Koeur's Book Reviews
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About Mg Buehrlen

When she's not writing about teens who save the world, M. G. moonlights as a web designer and social media marketing buff, and she's the current mastermind lurking behind the hugely popular website, a social network for YA (and kids!) book lovers.
Places you might find M. G. hiding: in her creaky old house nestled in Michigan pines, sipping coffee on her porch, playing in leaf piles, cooking over campfires, and dipping her toes in creek beds.
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1,356 ratings
3.93 out of 5 stars
5 32% (429)
4 39% (532)
3 22% (298)
2 5% (64)
1 2% (33)

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This book wasn't as good as I thought it would be, and at first I really didn't like it because the main character annoyed me, but after her personality change, I can definitely say, this is a great book! because of the time travel and the main character's personality change I must warn you ,this book isn't original,it is very similar to one of the books of the fallen series by Lauren Kate, and the main character is childish, so read it at your own risk! 4 starsshow more
by Karin Shaim
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