I have been eagerly awaiting Christina Henry’s newest release, Lost Boy, for months. I finally got around to reading it and it definitely did not disappoint! I finished it a few days ago, and I still can’t stop thinking about it. Before I start rambling about how much I loved this book, I’ll just get into the review.
(All reviews are spoiler-free unless otherwise noted.)
(From Goodreads) There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. This is how it happened. How I went from being Peter Pan’s first—and favorite—lost boy to his greatest enemy.
Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter’s idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. Because it’s never been all fun and games on the island. Our neighbors are pirates and monsters. Our toys are knife and stick and rock—the kinds of playthings that bite.
Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever.
Lost Boy was everything I wanted, and so much more! I was honestly blown away by how beautifully it was crafted. Christina Henry took everything I thought I knew about Peter Pan, and completely flipped it upside down. If you read this book, you will never see Peter the same way again. It really messed with my head, because the events of this book are completely unexpected, but also make complete sense within the world of the original story.
I absolutely loved the characters in this book, particularly Jamie. When I watched the Disney movie as a child, I never thought I would one day empathize with Captain Hook. But Christina Henry clearly has magical powers, because that is exactly what happened. I loved how complex he is as a character, especially as he struggles to weigh his own conscious against what Peter wants. And Peter… Peter is something else. I don’t want to spoil too much, but I love characters like Henry’s version of Peter. And I mean love from a literary standpoint. Because as a person, he is evil and I hate him. Viscerally. And you know a book is good when it elicits that strong of a reaction.
The only thing I wish we had gotten a bit more of was setting. While this book is completely different from the original story (it’s a prequel), and does stand on it’s own, I feel like having knowledge of that story (in the form of the Disney movie) helped me with some of the context. And I wish I hadn’t had to rely on that so much. This book is very dark, and it doesn’t exactly mesh well with the images of colorful mermaids and cartoon crocodiles.
I absolutely loved this book! Christina Henry has a way of making stories dark in a way that seems so realistic. It’s easy to identify with the characters, the plot is exciting, and it’s a whole new twist on a story I grew up with.
★★★★★ – I mean, it was probably already pretty clear that this was a five-star read for me. I loved it. I had very high expectations for this book, after loving Christina Henry’s Alice retelling (Red Queen), and it definitely exceeded them! I highly recommend this book, especially if you are a fan of Lord of the Flies.
Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook will be in stores starting tomorrow, July 4. If you’re interested in reading it, you can pick up a copy on Amazon now!
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