Review: Second Star by J.M. Sullivan

Genre: Retellings, Sci Fi, Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 352

 Published: March 5th 2019 by Bleeding Ink Publishing

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Wendy Darling worked her entire life to rise through the ranks of the prestigious Londonierre Brigade. Now as a Captain, she has everything she’s always wanted, including a ship and crew of her own. But when the Brigade receives a strange transmission from the legendary James Hooke, lost a hundred years earlier in uncharted space and presumed dead, Wendy is willing to risk it all to rescue her hero. She races to the planet known only as Neverland; her mission to find the long-lost crew and bring them home.

But there is more to Neverland than meets the eye, and more to Hooke than what was written in history books. When Wendy crash lands on the ominous planet, she quickly discovers Neverland’s dark secret; a malevolent being known as The Shadow that’s looking for a host body to escape its eternal prison. To fulfill her mission, Wendy must decide whether to trust the dashing Hooke or the mysterious Fleet mechanic who goes by the name of Pan–and she has to decide quickly…

Before the darkness consumes them all.


My Thoughts

A brilliant retelling of Peter Pan!

I was not prepared to fall for this story as I did! Space and Peter Pan? Two of my least favorite topics and yet here I was falling head over heels in love with this retelling! Sullivan crafted a believable universe, with amazing characters who all possess a unique personality.

The overall plot was somewhat in line with the story we all know, but again Sullivan made this story her own and wove in lore that while might resemble the classic is wholly Second Star lore!

Each side character in the story has a purpose and adds rather than distracts from what is going on, and each character has faults or strengths, and speaking of strength I want to shout out the girl power in this book, too! Wendy grows by leaps and bounds in this novel which I absolutely adored, she is so strong and a perfect role model for girls!

What is your favorite retelling?

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