by | Read by Fiona Hardingham, Steve West

Published by Scholastic Audio

Forget the story of Peter Pan you know. Because in Everland, 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 are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders -- the German Army led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer. Unsure if the virus has spread past England's borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return. Until the day they grab Joanna. As Gwen sets out to save her, she meets a mysterious boy 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 will cost Gwen. And are she, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart Captain Hook?

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AudioFile Review


This steampunk homage to PETER PAN pits German marauders against young survivors of war and a deadly virus that decimated the adult population. On the run in Everland (postwar London), Gwen may be "the immune"—the key to the world’s survival. Fiona Hardingham and Steve West narrate chapters, alternating between the points of view of Gwen and Hook, the German captain. West, as Hook, slowly reveals a depth of feeling below Hook’s icy and villainous exterior, waiting for the narrative to reveal clues first. Hardingham's excellent character voices and variety of accents help the listener differentiate the large cast of youthful characters including Gwen and her siblings; Gwen’s love interest, Pete; the Lost Boys; and Pete’s young sidekick, Bella. Hardingham handles the few sentimental scenes with aplomb. L.T. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine

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