JUST FINISHED: Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean.
[Finished at ~5:40pm, & 275 pages long.]
The official sequel to J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, where Wendy and the Lost Boys, now grown-up, find themselves dreaming of Neverland, and bringing things back from their dreams with them – and so they find a way to return there to fix the problem.
But the Neverland that they return to has changed drastically, and to make things worse, they’re beginning to forget the things and the people that they’ve left behind…
I expected to like this book; I definitely didn’t expect to love it. It’s an amazing, adventurous romp through one of my favourite fictional worlds, with a whole load of moments that made me laugh out loud. Of the lost boys, I’ll admit that I last read Peter Pan so long ago that I couldn’t really remember which one was which, but Geraldine McCaughrean made them all really fun and distinct. Wendy was amazing as well, and (as always), her relationship with Peter was a joy to read. And Ravello was a really interesting character, too, even though I never really trusted him…
The story was surprisingly dark: There’s a lot of exploration of Hook’s past, and his reasons for fighting against Pan, and one of the major themes of the book is consequences, and how your actions can come back to haunt you.
The best bits (according to me): Toodles becoming a girl; Puppy!; when they went back to the Maze of Witches at the end; Slightly playing the clarinet; Fireflyer’s devotion to Slightly; and Tinker Bell and Fireflyer finding True Love.
CURRENT READATHON STATUS: Snack time.