Title: Lost Boy
Author: Christina Henry
Publication Date: July 4, 2017
Page Count: 302
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
From the national bestselling author of Alice comes a familiar story with a dark hook—a tale about Peter Pan and the friend who became his nemesis, a nemesis who may not be the blackhearted villain Peter says he is…
There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. This is how it happened. How I went from being Peter Pan’s first—and favorite—lost boy to his greatest enemy.
Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter’s idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. Because it’s never been all fun and games on the island. Our neighbors are pirates and monsters. Our toys are knife and stick and rock—the kinds of playthings that bite.
Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever. Peter lies.
Yes folks, I am yet again reading another Peter Pan retelling. Lost Boy by Christina Henry is another young adult fantasy retelling of Peter Pan that flips the script and shows a much darker side of the Peter Pan that we all knew from the original.
This story starts at a much earlier time than the original back when “Jamie” was Peter’s best friend and second in charge of the boys Peter brought back to the island. Peter of course offered the boys a place where they would be young forever and the family of other boys like them.
However, over the years Peter’s idea of fun began to wear on Jamie. Battling pirates and losing good friends began to open Jamie’s eyes to just how heartless and cruel Peter could be. Doing whatever he can Jamie protects the boys from the other side as Peter brings them closer and closer to danger.
I’ll be the first to admit that I actually prefer the darker versions of the story so this one was right up my alley. Taking readers all the way back to the first days on the island and showing how Captain Hook became who he is in the later stories was fun to read and of course one can see how this could all be woven into the later versions of Neverland. Fun read that I’d definitely suggest the retelling fans to check out.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Christina Henry is the author of The Mermaid, Lost Boy, Alice, Red Queen, and the national bestselling Black Wings series featuring Agent of Death Madeline Black and her popcorn-loving gargoyle, Beezle.