Elsewhere tells the story of a fifteen year old girl, Elizabeth 'Liz' Hall, who who wakes up on a boat headed towards the afterlife. Liz eventually learns that she has died by being hit with a car and is now in the afterlife, where she will age backwards until she is a baby and will then be reincarnated back in the real world. Other than this the afterworld is almost identical to the real world.
Compare Angel Beats!, an anime with a similar take on the afterlife.
- Afterlife Express: The ferry which Liz wakes up on at the start of the book.
- And Your Reward Is Infancy: The epilogue ends with Liz being born as baby to another mother to start a new life.
- Celestial Bureaucracy: Somewhat, in that Elsewhere is portrayed as having laws and rules like Earth.
- Call to Agriculture: Former rock star Curtis Jest becomes a farmer.
- Dead to Begin With
- Merlin Sickness: As mentioned, part and parcel of "living" in Elsewhere.
- Mundane Afterlife: With the exception of aging backwards the afterlife is almost identical to real life.
- Reincarnation: Once you age back down to zero.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Liz and a few other people have the ability to speak to dogs. Liz eventually gets a job giving dogs counselling.