Magic can do a lot—give you flight, show you mermaids, help you taste the stars, and… solve the budget crisis? That’s what the grown-ups will do with it if they ever make it to Neverland to steal its magic and bring their children home.
However, Gwen doesn’t know this. She’s just a sixteen-year-old girl with a place on the debate team and a powerful crush on Jay, the soon-to-be homecoming king. She doesn’t know her little sister could actually run away with Peter Pan, or that she might have to chase after her to bring her home safe. Gwen will find out though—and when she does, she’ll discover she’s in the middle of a looming war between Neverland and reality.
She’ll be out of place as a teenager in Neverland, but she won’t be the only one. Peter Pan’s constant treks back to the mainland have slowly aged him into adolescence as well. Soon, Gwen will have to decide whether she’s going to join impish, playful Peter in his fight for eternal youth… or if she’s going to scramble back to reality in time for the homecoming dance.
The Neverland Wars brought a fresh view to the story of Peter Pan; which is difficult to do these days considering the sheer amount of Peter Pan (among various other) reboots that have been popping up in recent times.
Instead of diving in with the well known Darling children, Audrey Greathouse introduces Gwen; a sixteen-year-old girl who is a child at heart, and is struggling between youth and the pressures of the teenage world. When her little sister is “kidnapped” by Peter, she decides to run away with him as well, in hopes of luring her sister back home.
the Neverland Wars was magical–there is no denying that–but the story felt like it was missing something. It fell a bit flat for me. I mean, sure, it was entertaining and kept me guessing, but there were a lot of tropes used and a lot of moments that just felt plain cheesy. Not to mention the fact that Gwen kind of reminded me of Wendy from the live-action Peter Pan movie that came out in 2003.
This book is definitely a book for anyone that loves fairy tales. But for someone looking for a fantasy or adventure, I advise you to keep looking.