Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #15: Never Never by Brianna Shrum

Author: Brianna Shrum
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Expected Release Date: September 22nd, 2015

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

James Hook is a child who only wants to grow up.

When he meets Peter Pan, a boy who loves to pretend and is intent on never becoming a man, James decides he could try being a child—at least briefly. James joins Peter Pan on a holiday to Neverland, a place of adventure created by children’s dreams, but Neverland is not for the faint of heart. Soon James finds himself longing for home, determined that he is destined to be a man. But Peter refuses to take him back, leaving James trapped in a world just beyond the one he loves. A world where children are to never grow up.

But grow up he does.  

And thus begins the epic adventure of a Lost Boy and a Pirate.

This story isn’t about Peter Pan; it’s about the boy whose life he stole. It’s about a man in a world that hates men. It’s about the feared Captain James Hook and his passionate quest to kill the Pan, an impossible feat in a magical land where everyone loves Peter Pan.

Except one.


After recently reading Charm of Books review of the book here, I was very intrigued.

This is not one of those retellings of classic tales where the main characters get their happy endings/the endings they deserve. No. This is one of those stories that make you re-evaluate those stories you knew as a child and see it in a new light. As a child, I knew about Peter Pan through the Disney movies and that one with Robin Williams, Return to Neverland. In those versions of the story, we see Peter and Wendy taking centre stage, and it's really interesting that an author decided to write about the "villain" of the classic tale and peel back his history to find some human connection.

Never Never doesn't bring you the traditional tale of a child not wanting to grow up- but a child fighting his own childhood to become an adult. 

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