“’That’s right,’ Peter spat. ‘I’m here to fight. I’m a boy.’”
In a word: Read the thing. I really didn’t know what to expect going into this but boy was I ever not disappointed. This story was beautiful and heartbreaking with more adventure and drama than you can shake a stick at. It’s a retelling of Peter Pan that takes place 10 years after the original story. Peter Pan and Captain Hook are the main characters and, to my surprise, the romantic leads. Unlike the original story, this Peter Pan is not the immortal forever-child from a magical land, he’s the alter-ego of Wendy Darling who escaped to Neverland for a chance at being his true self. Family obligation eventually had him returning home, hoping for acceptance, but 10 years later he’s going back to the only place he ever felt he could truly be himself. He soon realizes that Neverland is a bit of a different place now that he’s a grown man. His boyhood games no longer hold the same appeal, or the same stakes, as they once did, and he soon learns that his actions have grave consequences. He also discovers new sides to his old nemesis, Captain Hook, who is maybe not completely the villain that Peter always made him out to be. This story is a very interesting take on an old classic, and was a very emotional ride from beginning to end. At first I wasn’t sure how Peter and Hook would go from warring to romance, but as I read it I definitely came to see it. The original story had some disturbing elements, but this book could get a bit dark at times, especially as Peter was learning that childish games could sometimes take on more serious meanings when the players are all adults. The ideas this book had about Neverland itself were also pretty interesting, and not something I’d ever considered before. I’d definitely recommend this to anyone who’d enjoy an interesting and emotional twist on an old story.
The Summary: (from Goodreads) Ten years ago, Peter Pan left Neverland to grow up, leaving behind his adolescent dreams of boyhood and resigning himself to life as Wendy Darling. Growing up, however, has only made him realize how inescapable his identity as a man is.
But when he returns to Neverland, everything has changed: the Lost Boys have become men, and the war games they once played are now real and deadly. Even more shocking is the attraction Peter never knew he could feel for his old rival, Captain Hook—and the realization that he no longer knows which of them is the real villain.