Richard Mayhew is just a typical Londoner – he goes to work in the morning, spends evenings with his fiancée Jessica, goes to sleep, and heads off to work again the next day. He is content with his life, uneventful as it may be. Then one day he sees a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding, and he makes a decision that changes his life. After stopping to help the mysterious girl, Richard slowly leaves behind the London he knows – “London Above” – and discovers the hidden underworld of “London Below,” a place where rats, sewers, and darkness are the norm. Determined to get back to his old life, Richard embarks on a dangerous journey that will test his bravery, endurance, and most of all, his sanity.
Though Neil Gaiman is probably best known for his novel Coraline, he is the author of quite a few other entertaining and fantastical novels that are definitely worth reading. He is an excellent writer, and even in the dark and gloomy atmosphere of Neverwhere he is still able to incorporate humor and self-discovery into the storyline. Though there are a few loose ends that are never fully explained, Neverwhere is still an exciting and inventive novel that I would recommend to all fantasy lovers, and those who have enjoyed Gaiman’s other books.
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