★ ★ ★ ★ ★
My opinion in three sentences:
Once I’d finished the sequel to this book (Seas), I just had to read the rest of the series, and since the third wasn’t released yet, I sought out its prequel (this) instead. Sure, it was a little introductory, but only because I knew most of it in reference from Seas – as a first book, it was everything you wanted. Oakes will make you fall in love with Neverland (and her writing, because it’s just that damn good!)
(Without spoiling anything) the best bit:
Oakes is a magician. Looking back at the beginning, with many authors I would have found the wait for Peter to appear (in a Peter Pan adaptation!) unnecessarily long, but Oakes makes it fly by in a beautiful whirl, and before you know it you’re intimately acquainted with the characters – a fact that will come back to haunt you as the trilogy progresses (but in a good way)!
A warning for the book:
As soon as you’ve finished this, you’re going to want to start Seas immediately (and then Shadow), so save yourself some heartache and get all three in one. Oh, and prepared to yearn for Neverland in every waking moment.
Recommended for fans of:
- The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi
- Matched by Ally Condie
- These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly