Everland by Wendy Spinale

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It didn’t take me long to fall head over heels for this book, and the precious story that lay within it’s pages.

Publication: May 10th 2016

Synopsis: 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 the destruction and the outbreak of a deadly virus are children, among them sixteen-year-old Gwen Darling and her younger siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the deadly Marauders—the German army led by the cutthroat Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.

Unsure if the virus has spread past England’s borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook is on the hunt for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the surviving children. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return.

Until one day when they grab Joanna. Gwen will stop at nothing to get her sister back, but as she sets out, she crosses paths with a daredevil named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the 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 might cost Gwen more than she bargained for. And are Gwen, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart the ruthless Captain Hook?

Review/Thoughts: I didn’t expect this Peter Pan retelling to be anything like what it is. This one blew all my expectations out of the park, and beyond. This journey to Neverland   Everland as it’s called, was spectacular. I love the steampunk, dystopian feel this retelling had brought to the story of Peter Pan. To me it’s something new and different, it didn’t turn out quit like I had imagined it, but that’s okay. This was something far better than what I had in mind.

“It appears with you here, rule number two is null and void,” he says.   Pete. Page 52

I loved Pete in this book. His witty remakes, and quick thinking in the face of the enemy felt very Peter Pan like. I laughed at every witty and sarcastic remake that poured from his mouth. I wanted to be there in person, to point and maybe encourage those remarks. He just felt very Peter Pan like to me. One thing that was unique to me was the fact that this kid has tattoos. I honestly had no problem with this, especially when you sit back and think about everything this kid has gone through, and the world he now lives in. I think it’s a nice touch to his character. I like how overtime you do get to see a more softer side of his character. You get to see how much he truly cares for his Lost Boys, and his friends.

Hook and his Marauders were very interesting in this book. Hook himself was very cutthroat and dark in this book. Every time he threatened someone I was genuinely concerned   terrified. He’s frinkin’ scary!! And then he lies and breaks bargains made on top of it all. Hook was villain in this book.

Gwen is special in her own way and I admire her determination to keep her siblings safe. She is a really cool character throughout the book. The slight touch of romance that had blossomed between her and Pete felt rushed to me. It was like all of a sudden it was time for romance, so here it is readers! And it get’s dumped right there for you. I wish it had gotten a slower approach to it then what it did end up getting in the story. At the end of the book I was okay with it though. It felt right.

In this book the kids are forced to grow up. They have to or they’re dead. I like that take on it cause Peter Pan is all about not growing up, and in this book the kids have to grow up. They are shoved into that. As much as I liked that take, I found that I constantly had to remind myself that they aren’t adults. They’re kids. That’s basically who’s left after the bombings. They’re kids who were, because of circumstances, forced to grow up. I think they’ve more than earned to have a little fun by this point.

I tip my hat to Wendy Spinale. A good round of applause is in order. This book had swept me off to a land raged by war and some deadly virus and I don’t want to return home. This book is incredible and it’s well on it’s way to becoming my favorite read for this year. I was pulled along through every page, and I can not wait to read the next in the series. Thank you for such an amazing adventure. . . now to attempt to find my next read that’ll pull me out of this book hangover that I’ve seem to have fall victim to.

~Till the next Chapter~

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