A dystopian style retelling of Peter Pan.
I had very high hopes for this book! I am a huge fan of Peter Pan and hold a dear space in my heart for anything to do with Peter Pan, even if it is a retelling and not official. I feel that if I ever were to do a retelling of a classic (which I have no plans of doing as of now) it would be Peter Pan and Wendy I would write about. So, I feel that there is a chance that I went into this book with unrealistic expectations.
For one, this story takes place in the real world. It is a dystopian version of the world, set in the future, in a war zone that has caused a government collapse as well as the majority of the adults being wiped out. The lack of magic puts a bit of a damper on a lot of the elements of the classic version of the story, which may be part of the issues I had with this book.
It took a while for me to really get pulled into the story. It wasn't bad by any means, but it never really got to a 'can't put it down' point. I feel like the ending was rushed and there were quotes and iconic parts of classic Peter Pan thrown in random places that didn't make much sense in my opinion. This could be in part due to the non magic aspect I spoke of in the previous paragraph, but it felt cheap to me nonetheless.
Overall, I would give this book a 3 dragonfly rating.
I would advise, as a possible trigger warning, that there is a war theme throughout the story. While there are not any active war scenes in the book, they are in a abandoned warzone and war is discussed thoroughly throughout and the aftermath and devastation is a strong theme.
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There is a second in the series now entitled Umberland, which looks to be a Wonderland retelling if that interests you.
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