Peter and the Secret of Rundoon
Authors: Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
Pages [hardcover]: 480
Favorite Characters: Peter & Tinkerbell
In this action-packed finale to the Starcatchers series, Peter and Molly find themselves in the dangerous land of Rundoon, ruled by an evil king who enjoys watching his pet snake consume those who displease him. But that’s just the beginning of problems facing our heroes, who once again find themselves pitted against the evil shadow-creature Lord Ombra in a struggle to save themselves, not to mention the planet. It’s a wild desert adventure, with rockets, carpets, and camels all flying through the air, zooming toward an unforgettable climax…
I love this series so much, and I’m sad to see this trilogy end! Peter and the Secret of Rundoon is a fast-paced, wonderfully humorous, incredibly creative conclusion to a beautiful rendition of how Peter Pan could have come to exist.
All of the characters in this book are wonderfully thought out and set into the plot. From Molly’s Starcatcher father to Captain Hook himself, each plays their role wonderfully (or sinister-ly, if referring to the pirate). I couldn’t stop flipping the pages, wanting to know what would happen to them next, and if things could possibly turn out okay when everything seemed to be against them.
What I really enjoyed about this book is how everything is adding together to set up for Peter Pan. As this is supposed to be a prequel of sorts for the classic-while it takes great liberties with the plot and things like that-the ways important details of the beloved book fall into place are so interesting to see, I loved spotting each one. From giant crocodiles and ticking clocks to Lost Boys and Peter himself, how everything came to be meshes together in this novel.
The settings of this book were so vivid and easily pictured. I could imagine Neverland, or Mollusk Island, with its lagoon, waterfalls, and mountains. And then I could see Rundoon, a land of sandy desert and grumpy camels. They added an extra something to the plot, which I really liked.
I give Peter and the Secret of Rundoon 5/5 stars. This is a book I literally couldn’t put down, and I’ll be reading this over and over! It was fantastic, and I recommend it to any fans of Peter Pan, or people just looking for a good book. It’s worth picking up.