Study Guide


By Brodi Ashton

Everneath Introduction

Do you ever wonder if there is any truth to the ancient Greek myths about people being dragged down to the underworld? No? Well, Everneath by Brodi Ashton begs to differ. In this story, our main girl Nikki agrees to become a Forfeit to the Everneath, a version of the underworld where immortal Everlivings snack on human souls once a century to retain their powers. As you might imagine, this wreaks havoc on Nikki's already-messed-up life, and when she returns to the Surface for six months, girl has got a lot of healing to do.

Sound intriguing? You're not the only one to think so. Everneath won a Whitney Award in 2012 and a VOYA Perfect 10 in 2011. That's quite a splash for a book that's only been out since 2012. There are two sequels out as well, which are also generating some love from fans. So if you like what you see in this book, get excited to dig into more. And if you don't, well, we assure you the reading experience is still way less painful than pretty much everything Nikki experiences. So lucky you either way.

What is Everneath About and Why Should I Care?

We've all messed up at some point in our lives, yes? And realized that every choice comes with consequences? It ain't fun, but it's part of the learning process for everyone.

In Everneath we see the main character, Nikki, not only make mistakes, but make huge ones that could haunt her for all eternity. This is some heavy stuff, people.

Then again, though, Nikki's going through some huge stuff. Her mom has just been killed by a drunk driver, her boyfriend appears to be cheating on her, and she and her dad aren't exactly on the same page about things. Nikki decides that she can't take all this emotional pain and wants out—but by deciding to go with Cole to the Everneath to have him suck out her emotions, Nikki makes a choice that will change her life forever.

Even though she survives the Feed, Nikki's two options are to become an Everliving like Cole (which means preying on humans) or to suffer in the Tunnels for all eternity after six months on the Surface. Talk about dire consequences to a decision.

While Nikki's situation basically blows, the rest of us can see it as a dramatization of how every choice we make has consequences, whether we like it or not. Seeing Nikki struggle to accept and take responsibility for the results of her actions—no matter how little time she has to make things right—sends the message that if she can do it, we can, too.

Everneath Resources


Brodi Ashton's Blog
In case you want to know the kinds of things that the author of Everneath thinks and writes about when she's not working on novels.

Articles and Interviews

Supernatural Snark's Interview with Ashton
Curious about how Ashton came up with the name Everneath? Read on.

Jean Book Nerd's Interview with Ashton
Here, Ashton talks about a lot of her ideas for Everneath, including the inspiration for Jack and some of Cole's backstory.

The Lucky 13s Interview with Ashton
Ashton's writing rituals involve a lot of chocolate. Yum.


Book Trailer for Everneath
Lots of sexy red ink. What else could you want in a book trailer?

Book Trailer for Everbound, the Sequel
In case you just can't wait to see what the next book in the series is about.

Brodi Ashton
We gotta love her style—check out that scarf.


The Cover for Everneath
In case you haven't seen it already.