Everland by Wendy Spinale – Book Review


Rating: 3/5 stars

Goodreads Description:

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? 

My Review:

I love fairy tales and am always drawn to a retelling with the hope that it will do the original story proud.  Unfortunately that is not the case with Everland.

Everland takes the Peter Pan premise and drops it into a dystopian, steampunk, dangerous, and bleak setting.  Everland, formerly known as London, England, has been destroyed by war and disease.  There were tensions between England and Germany that led to war.  Germany let loose a virus that has killed most adults and young girls.  The majority of the survivors are boys and teenage boys.  In order to save the human race they have to find the rumored girl who is immune to the virus.  Hello Gwen, this books version of Wendy.  She has lost her parents to the war and is struggling to take care of her siblings, Joanna and Mikey.

The character’s are mainly teenagers who are trying to cope and survive in a world that has been destroyed.  Pete is the leader of the Lost City where many of these young boys live in hiding.  He encounters Gwen and realizes she is the immune everyone is looking for  His sidekick Bella (Tinker Bell) is one of the few girls who still exists.  They all team up against Hans Otto Oswald Kretschmer (HOOK), the son of the German Queen who released the deadly virus on the world.  He is trying to find the immune girl so he can develop a vaccine, save the world and make his mother proud.

I liked Wendy Spinale’s style of writing and it was an easy read, but I really didn’t like how violent and depressing it was.  I was drawn in by the Peter Pan theme but it did not live up to its potential.  I was debating whether to give it 2 or 3 stars.  I went with the 3 stars because it was written well but the plot was disappointing.  I can see where a younger, teenage audience might like it, but it wasn’t for me.


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