Forget the story of Peter Pan you know. Because in Everland, the only way to grow up is to survive.
London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders - the German army led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.
Unsure if the virus has spread past England's borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return. Until the day they grab Joanna.
As Gwen sets out to save her, she meets a mysterious boy named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it will cost Gwen. And are she, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart Captain Hook?
©2016 Wendy Spinale (P)2016 Scholastic Inc.
I was completely captivated with this book from start to finish! Peter and the Starcatchers fans, this is your next must read! Excellent formation of characters and thrilling plot. Loved it.
I enjoyed this re-imagining quite a lot! It was neat to see classic characters through a different lens, and I liked that there were two narrators. I think that Ms. Hardingham's performance was a touch more enjoyable for me. She sounded young enough to pass for Gwen, and she had a broader repertoire of accents and tones for the various characters.
Mr. West gave a solid performance, but I kept forgetting that Hook wasn't supposed to be much older than the protagonists in this version. So that messed with my immersion a bit.
There were also some issues with pacing here and there. Not enough that I was tempted to stop by any means! In fact, it has made some long car trips and even doing dishes less of a chore and I'm sad to be done so quickly! I think I will be passing it along to my daughter.
I had never really delved into the steam punk genre until this book and the subtle hints towards the old stories of Peter Pan were integrated beautifully. I am already getting other people into the story so you better hurry and finish the second book Wendy!!! :D
Loved it! A must for adults who always wished they could escape to Neverland and becoming one of the Lost Boys, or even dreamed of being a murauder. The story is an imaginative prequel to a timeless classic.
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