“Good things do not happen to boys who lie.”
This book was DARK and I mean REALLY DARK.
James Hook is a young boy living in London with his mother and father. Though he is young, he has always dreamed of becoming a man. To sail the seas and to smell like the salty ocean air just like his father. One night he decides to venture into Kensington Park and there he meets Pan. Peter Pan. And he has an amazing offer that James can’t refuse. A trip to Neverland.
What he thought would only be a nice short holiday vacation to Neverland with an easy going, fun and strange boy his age. Ends up being a nightmare he has never dreamed before.
Peter Pan is a complete asshole.. Sorry for my language but it’s true as that’s all it really comes down to. He immediately changes personality after taking James to his faraway land. He murders. He lies. He’s cocky and extremely controlling and there’s one thing you CANNOT cross when it comes to Peter, you cannot break his rules and that’s unfortunate for James.
Rule #1: You’re not allowed to know things Peter doesn’t know.
Rule #2: You’re not aloud to be taller than him.
Rule #3 (the most important rule): Absolutely no growing up
“Peter’s mood became blacker and blacker until every fairy had wisely disappeared from the party, and the air smelled vaguely like smoke and sulfur.”
He’s the freaking devil I tell ya..
This book is separated into several parts and we get to see the span of years that James spends in Neverland. I found the first part to be very slow and boring. It was hard to get into but the story became much more interesting and action packed as James became more independent and well.. grown up.
The book actually reminds me of a cartoon. Starring James as the Wildly Coyote who keeps trying different ways to kill Peter Pan, the Roadrunner but keeps failing because Pan is too quick and speedy. Yup. Definitely..
If you want to read a book that is just hopeless, depressing, full of despair and where nothing remotely heart warming happens, this book is for you.
3 out of 5 stars
Thank you Brianna for a copy to review.