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By: Wendy Spinale

Synopsis: (from goodreads) The only way to grow up is to survive.

London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived the destruction and the outbreak of a deadly virus are children, among them sixteen-year-old Gwen Darling and her younger siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the deadly Marauders—the German army led by the cutthroat Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.

Unsure if the virus has spread past England’s borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook is on the hunt for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the surviving children. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return.

Until one day when they grab Joanna. Gwen will stop at nothing to get her sister back, but as she sets out, she crosses paths with a daredevil named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it might cost Gwen more than she bargained for. And are Gwen, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart the ruthless Captain Hook?

Rating: 5/5 stars.

Did It Perpetuate Healthy Ideas: Honestly it is hard to say because it is in a fantasy London where disease has killed many. Also with Hooks army looking for children to capture it is hard to say if this book perpetuates healthy ideals. I am going to say in a way yes because with the group of lost boys and their society is pretty awesome.

Did it have adequate representation: This book was told between the perspectives of Hook and Gwen. Although I wished I could have seen Pete’s perspective in the book.

Did it teach me something or make me think: This book made me think about the society of lost boys and how the world was impacted by what was going on in the story.

Were the characters memorable: Yes I loved the characters Pete, Hook, Gwen, and of course Bella. There are also many other characters who I really liked and thought were memorable those are only a few.

Was the plot clever: Yes I think so especially for a Peter Pan retelling. I really enjoyed it.

Did I enjoy reading it: Yep. It actually got me out of my reading slump so I was very happy to read this book.

Favorite Quote:

  • “To die will be an awfully big adventure.”