author : dan elconin
pages [paperback] : 320
favorite characters : mariah & alex
Leaving everything behind for the Island was Ricky’s dream come true. When his happily ever after is not quite what it seems, he discovers that running away means running toward bigger problems.
Trapped on the Island, Ricky must join together with the only people he can trust to help him face his fears and return home. But the only way off the Island is to confront the person who trapped Ricky and his friends in the first place. With countless enemies and true peril staring them down, Ricky’s mission to leave this so-called paradise will become a battle for their very lives.
I love anything and everything to do with Peter Pan! I’ve been trying to read more retold versions of it (so far I’ve only read the Peter and the Starcatchers series) and I really can’t wait to read Tiger Lily, which was just recently released. But enough about that. I knew that this novel would certainly be different because the tale has been twisted, making Peter into a malevolent kidnapper and definitely not the innocent boy we’ve all grown up knowing about. That difference was enough to convince me that I needed to read this, immediately.
The story’s main character is Ricky, a boy who’s obviously unhappy with his life and wishes that he could do something about it. Cue Peter, who knows that now is the perfect opportunity to coax Ricky off to the Island, which is apparently a place like paradise where he won’t need to worry about anything. But once Ricky finds out the truth and now knows that he’s trapped there until he can find his own way off, chaos ensues.
I didn’t really like Ricky. Sure, he’s a typical guy, but I couldn’t really see through his crude jokes and endless swearing to how he really felt about everything, even though it was told through his point of view. He didn’t even know what he wanted half of the time and that made things more confusing. But he was heroic, I’ll give him that, and was funny until the ‘that’s what she said’ jokes started appearing on every page alongside sexual innuendos. I knew this was going to be nothing like the children’s book . . . But I didn’t think that meant that every single character was going to curse each other out all the time.
Apart from that, I liked most of the liberties this book took with the original story. How the Lost Boys, the crocodile, Captain Hook were all added in was both efficiently creepy and well-done. Though the ending left some to be desired, as it kept me wanting more.
I’d recommend this for fans of retold fairy tales and fans of Peter Pan. Although it wasn’t perfect and isn’t a favorite, it’s a good, worthwhile read.