Title: Second Star
Author: J.M. Sullivan
Publisher: Bleeding Ink Publishing
Publication Date: March 5, 2019
Page Count: 352
My rating: 5 stars
About the book:
Wendy Darling worked her entire life to rise through the ranks of the prestigious Londonierre Brigade. Now as a Captain, she has everything she’s always wanted, including a ship and crew of her own. But when the Brigade receives a strange transmission from the legendary James Hooke, lost a hundred years earlier in uncharted space and presumed dead, Wendy is willing to risk it all to rescue her hero. She races to the planet known only as Neverland; her mission to find the long-lost crew and bring them home.
But there is more to Neverland than meets the eye, and more to Hooke than what was written in history books. When Wendy crash lands on the ominous planet, she quickly discovers Neverland’s dark secret; a malevolent being known as The Shadow that’s looking for a host body to escape its eternal prison. To fulfill her mission, Wendy must decide whether to trust the dashing Hooke or the mysterious Fleet mechanic who goes by the name of Pan–and she has to decide quickly…
Before the darkness consumes them all.
Second Star by J.M. Sullivan is the first book in the young adult science fiction fantasy Neverland Transmissions series. Yes folks, I have found myself yes another Peter Pan retelling with this series and no, I haven’t tired of them yet.
In this series Captain Hooke is captaining a space craft and Peter and the other lost boys are the crew when Peter sabotages the ship stranding them all on Neverland. Then the point of view changes over to Wendy who is nothing like the one we all know, instead tis version is training to captain her own crew and wants to be the one to rescue Hooke who had disappeared a hundred years ago.
I absolutely loved the idea of taking this classic into space and making a science fiction version of it. The author filled the pages with creative sci-fi twists to the story and the characters and only loosely following the original….think something along the lines of Cinder by Marissa Meyer. If you are like myself and love retellings I’d definitely suggest giving this one a try.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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