Title : Lost in the Never Woods
Author : Aiden Thomas
Genre : YA fantasy
Release Date : March 23rd, 2021
Publisher : Swoon Reads
When children go missing, people want answers. When children go missing in the small coastal town of Astoria, people look to Wendy for answers.
It’s been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing the woods, but when the town’s children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers’ mysterious circumstances are brought back into light. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road, and gets pulled into the mystery haunting the town.
Peter, a boy she thought lived only in her stories, claims that if they don’t do something, the missing children will meet the same fate as her brothers. In order to find them and rescue the missing kids, Wendy must confront what’s waiting for her in the woods.
Firstly, can we talk about the gorgeous cover? I love love the color palette and it 100% capture the story inside. Lost in the Never Woods is a lush re-imagining of the world-famous tale, Peter Pan. There definitely are countless other Peter Pan retelling, but personally, Lost in the Never Woods still got the unique point since it answers the question, “What happened after the Neverland?”.
In Aiden Thomas’s version of Peter Pan retelling, Wendy Darling is now an 18 years old high-school student. Five years ago, she and her brothers, John and Michael, went missing for 6 months, and not even Wendy could remember where they went. Wendy was the only one who returned, and since then, her family were haunted by her brothers’ disappearance. One day, on her way home through the woods, Wendy found a boy who looked a lot like Peter Pan–the boy from her mother’s story–and him alone holds the answer to her brothers’ disappearance and the other missing children in town.
“And yet, Peter himself radiated the fantastical. A boy plucked from her dreams and her mother’s stories, and set before her. He was something else altogether. He was stardust and the smell of summer.
Aiden Thomas’s second book is definitely much, much darker than their first one, Cemetery Boys. While both books have their own supernatural elements, Lost in the Never Woods gave me that spooky vibes–from the woods and shadows. It made the book more atmospheric though, so I’m not complaining. At the same time, Aiden also manages to capture the “fun and childish” vibes associated with Peter Pan. Eventhough both Wendy and Peter are teenager in this book, somehow, they still remind me of the original characters. The romance between them are also really soft and it made me goes 🥺💖
All in all, Lost in the Never Woods is a captivating and mesmerizing Peter Pan retelling. It’s also a tale of love, family, and finding closure. I definitely recommend it to everyone and I’m looking forward to read Aiden’s next book!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Aiden Thomas is a New York Times Bestselling author with an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. Originally from Oakland, California, they now make their home in Portland, Oregon. As a queer, trans Latinx, Aiden advocates strongly for diverse representation in all media. Aiden’s special talents include: quoting The Office, winning Jenga, finishing sentences with “is my FAVORITE”, and killing spiders. Aiden is notorious for not being able to guess the endings of books and movies, and organizes their bookshelves by color.
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