Published by Scholastic Press on May 10th 2016
Genres: Fairytale, Fantasy, Steampunk, Young Adult
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 daredevil boy 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 will cost Gwen. And are she, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart Captain Hook?
This immediately grabbed my interest! First is the gorgeous cover. The synopsis was fabulously written as well. Peter Pan with a steampunk twist sounds marvelous.
The plot is very well done. I feel instantly in love with Gwen and her plight to keep her siblings safe. Sadly, she does not always make the best choices and soon finds the children in peril with only two strange children that can help. Of course her first meeting with Peter and Bella is strained, at best! Getting their help is the last thing she wants.
I loved how the Lost Boys were introduced and how they survived as Hook hunts for them. The story is interwoven quite well with a major steampunk feel. The main twist of the story, which is brought to the forefront approximately 75% in, I was able to figure out early on. It is not a huge disappointment as the story works itself out well and is fun to see.
For some reason, with the fighting of Hook and the excitement of the Lost Boys, there was still something that I did not love about the story. I found myself wanting to skim the story. The writing was well done but there was a lot of back and forth between Gwen and Bella that didn’t sit well with me. It works with the story but seems a little long in this retelling.
In short: I normally do not like retellings and this is the best I have read. The steampunk twists really appealed but it still fell short for me. Overall, very well done and enjoyable story.
|Overall:||4.2 / 5|