Original Title: Never Never
Year Published: 2015
Published by: Spencer Hill Press
Number of Pages: 356
First Sentence: “All children, except for one, wish to stay young.“
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
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.
I really enjoyed this book. It was such a fresh and interesting take on the fairy tale of Peter Pan. It was definitely fresh that it was written from James Hooks point of view.
James was a very interesting character. In this story, he is originally a part of Pan’s lost boys before becoming the infamous Captain Hook. I loved the fact that Shrum went with the idea that Hook didn’t really have a choice other than becoming Hook, and that he, in reality, is a good man and doesn’t want to hurt anyone.
Pan is definitely the villain here. He is a monstrous child, yet charming and enchanting to the children. That is how he manages to lure so many of them with him to Neverland. I loved this twist on the original story and the fact that there never is just one side to a story.
The plot was really fun and entertaining, despite the fact that you knew what was going to happen in the end (yes, it is pretty much the original story from Hook’s p.o.v). The writing was really good and I enjoyed pretty much every single moment of this book.
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I do.
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