Lost Boy by Christina Henry

Lost Boy

Christina Henry

The author of Alice takes readers through a dark tale of Peter Pan, who turns his best friend into his nemesis, Captain Hook.

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From the national bestselling author of Alice comes a familiar story with a dark hook—a tale about Peter Pan and the friend who became his nemesis, a nemesis who may not be the blackhearted villain Peter says he is…

There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. This is how it happened. How I went from being Peter Pan’s first—and favorite—lost boy to his greatest enemy.
Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter's idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. Because it’s never been all fun and games on the island. Our neighbors are pirates and monsters. Our toys are knife and stick and rock—the kinds of playthings that bite.

Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever. Peter lies.

Advance Galley Reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this book when I read it. Even though the story of Peter Pan is generally widely known in popular culture, this was a fresh take and I thoroughly enjoyed the origin story of both Hook and Peter Pan as presented in the book.

First off Lost Boy by Christina Henry. Overall it is the story of Captain Hook. How he went from one of Peter's Lost Boys to his enemy.  Personally I have always believed Peter Pan to be a villain in his own right. I have never like the character but thanks to the TV show Once Upon a Time I have developed a love for Captain Hook.  This book takes it's own spin on Hook and I truly enjoyed it. It was a carnage to read but it also truly made you think.  Its a wonderful take on the tale in which I finally saw Peter as the villain I always knew him to be. Overall fantastic retelling, bloody, vicious, amazing characters and a roller coaster of emotions.  I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

I have never read the story of Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, but I haven't been living under a rock for the past 33 years either, so I am familiar with at least the basic idea behind it thanks to Disney's animated film and Spielberg's Hook. I can honestly say that I never really stopped to think about where Captain Hook came from though, before now. And Captain Hook is an easy character to hate. I mean he's a grown man who has no qualms about hurting little boys. That doesn't exactly scream likable. But Ms. Henry has turned him into a sympathetic character, and I want him to succeed in his mission so badly. The story got off to kind of a slow start. Even though Neverland seems like it's a pretty familiar world by now, there was still some world building necessary for this particular story. We really did kind of need some information about the types of games that Peter likes to play with the boys. This also set the stage to show us why Jamie, Peter's favorite boy, finally grew up. Once the action really started, I found it hard to put the book down. I need to know that Jamie and the other boys would get out of the scrapes that Peter got them into, mostly unscathed. Unfortunately, this is no children's book, so I didn't always get my wish on that score. I can say that I will never look at Peter Pan the same way again. Overall I give Lost Boy 5 out of 5 stars, and would definitely recommend it to anyone that likes a little bit of horror with their story retellings.

Lost Boy started off incredibly strong. Henry is well apt in stripping down a character and rebuilding their world and world view. Immediately you see Peter as a notorious character, a bit of a bully, stubborn and as a bit of a bratty "leader". Meanwhile Hook (minus the Hook at this point) is presented as caring and sympathetic, yet still enthralled with his friendship with Peter. And then things start to fall apart for them. Peter is not as he seems. And ultimately, we know where Hook's story goes... to a heartbreaking change and ending that brings a whole new dark and twisted light to the Pan fairytale. Much like Meyer's Heartless, you are engaged and rooting for the not-yet-villain. When they become the villain, it hurts. But we all knew it was coming. A great fun read for fans of Peter Pan themed stories. It had wonderful moments, and moments that were a bit slow and meandering. Overall, recommended.

You had me at Peter Pan retelling. But, wait! Peter is the villain?! I must know more! This story had somewhat of a slow start, but once I was less than 100 pages in it started to pick up and I was so intrigued I could not stop reading! I love the way Jamie is portrayed in this story and the revelations that he has regarding his own self-discovery as he grows into a man. The journey was heartbreaking, but it all came together so well at the end. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing an evil Peter, as well. It was so different from the Disney version everyone has come to know and love. Definitely a dark twist!

Lost Boy by Christina Henry was probably one of the darkest retellings of Peter Pan that I’ve read—not to say that I’ve read many altogether, but what I said still stands. This was a dark and gritty story filled with morally gray or just downright evil characters operating under the guise of naivety. By far, Lost Boy wasn’t a bad book. However, I had a hard time deciding about how much I liked this book. Lost Boy was easy to read after I got past the beginning. I honestly wasn’t sure if I would finish this one, but once I got farther in the book I found that I couldn’t put it down. There was something engrossing about this story. Henry presented an interesting take on Peter and Hook’s story, including a setting that was fraught with danger. The island was isolated, but there were also monsters and pirates, which added more danger to a story already filled with it. That brings me to the plot. Lost Boy was a story about the lost boy who would eventually become Peter Pan’s greatest enemy, Captain Hook. So, right off the bat, I was interested in what Henry could do with that concept, and the result was, well, interesting. Like I said above, Lost Boy was a dark book and it dealt with characters that actually willingly did cruel things all in the name of Peter’s idea of fun. The situation on the island had such a skewed perspective. On one breath I could see how Jamie cared for his fellow lost boys, but even he wasn’t above following the rules made and partaking in activities directed by Peter. While this was really Jamie’s story, Lost Boy was also about Peter, a boy who never grew up. Peter knew how to sell his version of paradise to the lost boys who were otherwise unwanted in the “Other Place”, but his idea of fun was skewed. He was a monster. However, from what I know about the original Peter from J.M. Berry’s work, this portrayal is more in line with his actual personality. So, yeah, Lost Boy was a total surprise. There were a lot of things I liked about the story. There were a few details that I didn’t totally agree with, but otherwise Lost Boy was good. This is the first book I've read by Christina Henry and it certainly won't be the last. This Copy of the book was provided by First to Read (Publisher) for this review, thank you!

We’re all familiar with Peter Pan, that impish boy who will never grow up. We know Neverland, the Lost Boys, and mean old Captain Hook. This is a new perspective of life in Neverland, seen through the eyes of Jamie. Jamie was Peter’s first Lost Boy, and allegedly his favorite. In this wonderfully told tale we learn that Peter isn’t the great and playful boy we’ve all been told he is. It was really interesting to see this classic story from a different point of view. He told likes and kept secrets. The Lost Boys were more toys than friends. Jamie was a caring and likable character. By the end I could completely understand his transformation to Captain Hook and why he hated Peter Pan. This book was filled with tons of emotion and heartbreak. This was a great book with well written characters. I loved it!

If doing stars, this would only be 2 stars for me. I hate to say this with all the good reviews but it was a DNF for me. While I think the author can write, I think the subject matter just was wrong for me. With all the kids that go missing it just didn't sit right at all with me. I tried restarting over and over but just could not make myself finish. I am usually a stickler about finishing books regardless but I could not with this.

It’s an established fact that I’m a sucker for retellings and re-imaginings of fairy tales and other children’s stories. Peter Pan is among my favorites to see in new ways (which means I really need to get through Barrie’s Peter Pan at some point). There have been quite a few dark interpretations of the Peter character—among my favorite is Brom’s The Child Thief—but many of the re-imaginings I’ve read don’t pay a lot of attention to the character of Captain Hook and how and why the antagonism between he and Peter exists. Christina Henry’s new release Lost Boy is all about the lost boy who became Captain Hook. There had to be a first and in Henry’s novel, the first boy Peter brought to the island as a playmate was Jamie. It’s been several hundred years since that day and Jamie’s memories of it are fuzzy but he’s one of the few boys on the island that’s lasted. But two of the latest boys Peter brought trigger major changes among the group of lost boys. Charlie is much younger than the others and Jamie feels a desperate need to protect him from the harsh realities of Peter’s sometimes-deadly games. Nip, meanwhile, means to supplant Jamie as Peter’s right hand and favorite. As jealousies grow and become increasingly violent, the bonds between Jamie and Peter slip. Jamie sees more of the truth about Peter and he begins to grow up, the magic of the island keeping the boys’ bodies as young as their hearts and spirits. Lost Boy is a book about how one boy grows up and at the heart of this novel is its narrator—Jamie. It is the psychological exploration of his character that makes this novel so compelling. At the time the reader meets Jamie, he’s already been on the island for over a century and has seen many boys come to the island only to die horrible deaths in Peter’s games. It is Jamie who takes responsibility for the boys’ welfare and for burying them when they die but for a long time that alone wasn’t enough to cause Jamie to grow up (not significantly, at least). The narrative is presented in Jamie’s first person perspective but it’s also his narration from after everything has happened so there are periodic insights that hint at what’s to come (though a large part of that is obvious simply from the use of that structure). Empathy and the selfless side of love end up playing a huge role in Jamie’s growing up and the novel as a whole, making the story both compelling and tragic as events unfold. From a child psychology perspective, I find Henry’s tying these to the island’s magic and growing up absolutely fascinating and brilliant. They contrast wonderfully with what the island and Peter represent in the promise of not eternal youth. Henry takes a few liberties with the history and nature of the island—which I think is part of why it’s never referred to as Neverland—adding creatures I don’t recall and altering elements of the geography slightly (a Skull Rock that isn’t a cave, for instance). But her versions of how and why certain elements of Neverland are the way they are at the start of Barrie’s story work well (such as how Tink became the last fairy). Lost Boy is easily a new favorite in the re-imagined children’s stories category for me. It’s not quite as dark as The Child Thief but carries a lot of compelling thematic weight. Lost Boy was released just this week on July 4, 2017 and is available for purchase.

Lost Boy by Christina Henry was a dark, gritty story about the beginning of Captain Hook and how he came to be Peter Pan's greatest enemy. There is no shortage of blood, violence and betrayal in this story and yet, it completely captivated my attention. Jaime is Peter's first lost boy and the most special. He has been on the island longer than any other lost boy. Peter goes to the Other Place to bring more lost boys to play with and to have adventures fighting the Many-Eyed and the pirates. Jaime has always loved Peter until the day Peter brings back a boy too little for the island and Jaime starts seeing Peter in a different light. Little by little, Jaime's perception of Peter changes and Jaime starts growing up. The fight between Peter and Jaime grows until a bitter end. This book is their story.

The author does dark retellings of older stories, and since the story of Peter Pan is dark already, with kidnapping and violence, it's not surprising that this is quite dark. Hook started out very differently, of course. Who else could he be but one of the Lost Boys, betrayed and cast out, seeking revenge? The story begins with Jamie, the oldest of Peter's playmates, and describes the life of the rest of them, which is quite dangerous. Boys may not grow old, but they do die from a myriad of perils, and Peter simply replaces them. Jamie is caught between his love for Peter, and the desire to protect the others. This is an especially cruel version of Peter, focused on his fun, and little caring about the collateral damage--though there's some deeper reasons behind a lot of what he does, too. He has more secrets that even his oldest playmate could dream of. Despite the darkness of the story, I enjoyed the way the end brought the story back to something that sounds familiar, without destroying what came before. This Hook isn't a hero, but he isn't the villain, either.

This was much darker than I expected. It was such an unique perspective to understand Jamie's (Captain Hook's) back story. A typical pirate isn't normally portrayed as a caring individual. But Jamie has the biggest heart even though he is the best fighter of The Boys. It is his caring and fatherly instincts that actually make him a pirate in Neverland because of Peter. It's always about Peter and he has left him no other option. A sort of Wicked version of Peter Pan, this was a fun read.

This was a dark twist on the Peter Pan and Neverland story. Much like her Alice series, there is no happiness or joy in this book. It was dark, it was gritty, and it was really good. Peter takes "unwanted" boys from the Other Place and brings them to his island of fun and frivolity and never growing up. The only scary things are the Many-Eyed and the pirates but even those aren't too bad because they have Peter. And Jamie. Jamie was Peter's first kidnapping and is Peter's second in command. The shine starts to finally wear off of Peter for Jamie and things change quickly. I obviously knew how it was going to end but I was still surprised by it!

The idea of a dark version of Peter Pan struck me as a bit pointless--it's already a story about a boy who steals children--but I was in the mood for something new so I decided to give it a chance. Despite my initial reservations, I was quickly sucked into the story of how Jamie, the first and favorite Lost Boy, became Captain James Hook. It starts off a little slow, but the tension soon mounts as it becomes clear that Peter's island isn't a paradise and his idea of fun usually has a body count.

This is not my usual type of book but I have always loved the Peter Pan story from the Disney version to the Cathy Rigby musical. It is more of an origins story of Peter and his friend who ultimately becomes his enemy as Captain Hook. Peter Pan is definitely the sweet innocent of the Disney version...more Lord of the flies. I enjoyed this version from Captain Hook's perspective about the boy who will never grow up. This wa s an easy and engaging fantasy novel.

I love a good retelling, and this revision of the Peter Pan tale is great, with its focus on the back story of Captain Hook, nee Jamie. Jamie is effectively the Elphaba of this tale, if you've read *Wicked* by Gregory McGuire. "If I'm the villain, it's because Peter made me one, because Peter needs to be the shining sun that all the world turns around." Peter, on the other hand (pun intended), is portrayed as a sociopath. "He didn't bring magic and fun and eternal youth. He brought fear and madness and death, trailing blood behind him ...".

Great twist on the original story and tells how Hook went from best friend Jamie to enemy Captain Hook. It took me a little while to get into the story, but I really enjoyed it. Not your Disney version Peter Pan!

When I was young the story of Peter Pan always unnerved me a bit - Henry's rendition of the Peter Pan tale captures the heart of those feelings I had as a child. There always seemed to be something not quite right about this group of mischievous children never growing up and fighting off adults or adulthood. As in the childhood tale, Peter Pan is at the center of action... "Lost Boy" does a marvelous job of suspense building for the character of Peter - as a reader you begin to understand the truth behind Peter's ways just as it is unfolding to "his" favorite boy. Excellent retelling of a well known story: good plot buildup, strong characters, and adequate suspenseful horror.

Lost Boy is a great addition to Peter Pan retellings. It tells the story from Captain Hook's point of view in the time when he was still a boy who loved Pan. It gave you some perspective on why Captain Hook hates Peter Pan, as well as awful side of a boy who refuses to grow up and just wants to play games all the time.

Dry For something as fanciful as a story in Wonderland, this was quite dry. There was description, but it was lack-luster and empty. Or it was so thick that I couldn't muddle it all out. There seemed to be quite a few tangents of unnecessary information (that didn't seem to be in appropriate voice for the character, either.) And that's just the writing style. The actual story itself seemed to be left wanting, as well. It read more like an auto-biography, a recounting of past events, than an adventure story. Frankly, it just felt like a random dull read. Pacing Slow. This did not really help the story either because on top of being a little on the dull side, it was also quite slow. It had a large build up, but didn't really pick up from there. It kept a rather slow, plodding pace through, really, the entire book. Even what was intended to be the climax didn't have the appropriate 'umpf' to give it speed or tension. Underwhelming The main characters - Peter and Jamie - were really the only developed characters in the book. The rest were there, served a purpose, but weren't truly fleshed out themselves. (Issues with that.) But I'm more annoyed by how... flat(?) Peter and Jamie were. They had obvious characteristics, but... it was like they were never hitting extremes or felt fully-developed (which is like the opposite of what I just said.) But what I'm trying to say is that they were fleshed out, but they didn't feel fleshed out. They just felt hollow. Tie-In I do like the way this retelling managed to implement all the elements of the original Peter Pan story, but still keep it original. It stayed true to its inspiration, but made it a little less fanciful and a little more realistic and gritty. (Though, I still would've preferred more grit. It kind of felt like that was subdued, as well. :/ )

"Once I was young, and young forever and always, until I wasn't. Once I loved a boy called Peter Pan." There are many tellings and retelliings of Peter Pan. The good Pan (Disney), the bad Pan (Once Upon a Time), the funny Pan (Hook), and so on. I have no read, heard or seen them all, but this one definitely is a good, dark and bloody addition to the Peter Pan Collection. "Peter will tell you that this story isn't the truth, but Peter lies. I loved him, we all loved him, but he lies." This retelling happens way before the classic known story of young Peter Pan and the villainous Captain James Hook, that most everyone knows. This telling, however, tells the story of Jaime, Peter's first and favorite Lost Boy, and of what happened to make him become Peter's legendary enemy. It tells of that time between between being a child and an adult. Where we begin to grow up and stop seeing the magic in things, stop trusting as much and start questioning more, seeing things as they truly are. I'm not going to give any spoilers, but this book seriously brought out the feels in me. Especially for the main character, Jaime (Captain Hook), making you understand the vengeful pirate that much more. I enjoyed this book. It isn't too long, and is a decently easy read, it has its slow points to build the story, but most books do. It is dark and bloody, loving and sad, full of fun and adventure, all at the same time. It is definitely not your Disney fairy tale. "Peter will say I'm a villain, that I wronged him, that I never was his friend. But I told you already, Peter lies."

The first few pages of this book had me hooked, but after that, it took around 70 pages to get going. Even then, it was a bit slow. I really liked the idea of telling Peter Pan and Captain Hook's backstory, but I just wanted more from this book. Even though it was mostly about their relationship, we saw very few conversations between them one on one. I would've really liked to see that. Towards the end, the book picked up. I was much more interested once Jamie started to remember how he got to Neverland, as well as Peter's role in it. The book ends in a way that makes me think this could turn into a series. I might be interested in reading the next book, since I felt like most of this book was just a buildup to the real fight between Peter and Jamie, and ultimately Jamie's transformation to Captain Hook. We got a little bit of this at the end, but I was still left wanting more.

I loved this alternative story of Peter Pan. This story was a page tuner easy to read and thrilling. The best thing I like was how the author showed how Peter really thinks everything is a game. Like raiding pirates and battling each other. Meanwhile some of the boys die and Peter don't show any feelings. Don't want give to much away. But again I loved it I'll be buy this book when it comes out and looks as though there can be many following story's to come. ????????????

There really aren't words to do this book justice. This story is phenomenal, beautiful and heartbreaking. If you've ever felt like a piece of the puzzle was missing in the Peter Pan story, Lost Boy is the book you've been waiting to read.

I usually do not read this type of book, however, I felt it was such a great spin on the original story of Peter Pan. It made me think that this is the way it could have happened. So much fun. Was a little slow in the beginning with all of the background, but soon had me hooked.

I thought the book was ok. But I read a similar children's version of the story called "Hook" (I believe that's the title). There were some small differences to the story. My library will buy it but I don't know if I would recommend.

Peter lies. I was hooked straight from the prologue. This is a dark, twisted version of Peter Pan that makes Peter the villain and Captain Hook the protagonist. This story is full of blood and betrayal along with monsters, fairies, and of course pirates. If you're a Peter Pan fan, this is a great twist on the story we all know and love.

This was a lot of fun. I am not really someone who reads a lot of fairy tale retellings but the idea of this one really appealed to me. I really don't know a whole lot about the original Peter Pan story besides what I know from Disney which was probably one of the things that made me want to pick this book up. It did start out a bit slow for me and I was able to set it aside but once I really got going, I didn't want to put it down. This was really a great read. I have a weakness for villains but Jamie really doesn't feel like a villain in this story. I really enjoyed seeing Peter Pan, the island, and the other boys from Jamie's point of view. Jamie was the first boy that Peter brought to the island and he is the favorite. He takes care of the others and keeps things in line. For a boy that will never grow up he is really very mature. Peter wasn't the lovable innocent child that I know from the Disney movie. Not at all. Peter was cunning and thought only of himself. He brings boys to the island so that he will forever have playmates and he wants them all to love him. That doesn't mean that he cares about them all that much because if they die or get hurt he can just go and get more boys. Peter wants things the way that he wants them and he has all of the power on the island so the boys follow his lead. The story had a lot of exciting moments. I was happy to see the things that I remember from my limited knowledge of Peter Pan including the pirates, the tree, and mermaids. I was also thrilled to see a few surprises along the way. This was definitely not a Disney movie and some of the scenes were actually quite violent. There were plenty of characters to like and a few to hate. Once the book hit the mid-point the action really didn't let up until the final page. I would recommend this book to others. I thought it was a really well done story with great characters. This is the first book by Christina Henry that I have read but I hope to read more in the future. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Berkley Publishing Group via First to Read.

Amazing story. It is a slow beginning, but riveting look inside the dynamics of Peter Pan and the Lost Boys. I am a fan of ABC's Once Upon a Time, but find this Jamie even more lovable. You can truly feel from his perspective and how much he really wanted to be loved.

This book was so good!! It's definitely a must read! I couldn't put it down because I loved every minute of it. So happy to see a more adult version of the classic Peter pan and here Jamies aka hooks side of the story!

I cannot say enough great things about this book. I loved this version of Captain Hook and Peter Pan so much. Christina Henry has a great mind, and I definitely would recommend this book to anyone who wants a different version of the classic fairytale. This story is dark, definitely not one for littler ears, but appropriate for junior high on up, or if you are more conservative, high school and up. The story opens with Jamie, Peter's right hand man and father to all the other lost boy's. He runs the show, helping the boys deal with Peter and maintaining some sort of structure. The story is his and how he ends up growing up and what becomes of him. Thank you to Penguin Random House for the ARC in exchange for a review.

Have you ever wondered how Peter Pan and Captain Hook became enemies? If so, this story is perfect for you. Henry takes all your unanswered questions and weaves us a plot that changes our perspective forever. I was absolutely hooked from the beginning sentence all the way until the end (get it?). Lost Boy shows a sinister side of Peter. Now I do want to preface this and say that I have rarely watched Peter Pan. It never intrigued me really as much as the others, so I am definitely not a die-hard Peter Pan fan. But back to Peter’s characterization, I thought it was phenomenal. Not only is Peter charismatic, but he is manipulating, childish, and brilliant. Peter is such a mastermind, while he has a possessiveness that I associate with immaturity, he has another side to him that is cunning and deceptive. While I appreciated Peter’s character, and the depths of its complexity, I really enjoyed the character of Jamie, our protagonist. I think it’d be quite difficult to dislike him, because we find out straight from the prologue, that he finds himself ‘mis-villainized’. Where Peter is deceiving, Jamie is caring: especially for the boys whom Peter has chosen, but have disappointed him. While Jamie is a skilled killer, there is a tenderness to his actions, as they revolve each other in a toxic friendship. I think there is something universal about the story of Peter Pan as we all long for a nostalgic past: a time we had no responsibilities and were free to pursue our whims. But we do all grow up, or most of us, and we have to accept the challenges and duties that come with it. But this story takes that narrative and further it, by transforming this story into one about a toxic relationship, an emotionally abusive one, in which there are secrets, lies, and intense emotions. While most friendships can involve secrets, betrayal, and even manipulation, Peter and Jamie’s dark dance, which is clear even from the film, is one that transcends the ordinary. There are some very real questions asked of us in this book, such as: what do we do when our leaders fail to lead? And how can we deal with friends who do not have our best interests in heart? What do we do with revenge? What does it mean to be grown up? How do we grow up? What happens when we lose faith in our role models? And finally, how do you make a hero or a villain?

While I was not totally enchanted by this tale, it was an enjoyable read. It had much of the feel of the original Pan story - dark and ofttimes violent - but with a unique spin I was captured by. As with many Peter Pan retellings, Peter is the villain of this story, and you certainly find yourself siding with the Lost Boys and even the Pirates to a small extent. Jamie made for a perfect MC and having it told in first person narrative gave much insight into his mind. The drawback for me was how much time was spanned for a relatively short book; weeks were pared down to a handful of sentences, causing some character development to fall lacking. Overall, however, this was a good read and I would certainly look towards more from this author.

I hate Peter Pan. I have been waiting and waiting for this book after enjoying other books of Henry's and I'm excited that its here! Thank you so much for the chance to review! The Prologue tells you so much. Its what you expect from the book blurb but I had to show it to every one of my friends that wants to read Lost Boy. Hold on its a crazy ride. The book had me on my toes most of the time. This book was MUCH darker than Alice or The Red Queen. I wasn't sure at points if I was going to be able to finish the book. My issue was SO MUCH violence involving kids. But being Peter Pan, what did I expect. I think if I approached this as if they were adults, I wouldn't be so haunted. My biggest fear didn't come true - so that's a plus but that doesn't mean it wasn't that dark. The difference between Alice and Lost Boy is that in Alice, the "good guys" didn't really die. They do here. A lot of them. Its haunting, troubling, and yet still gripping and entertaining. Would I read this book? YES. Would I recommend this book? To a lot of people, but with strong warning! I definitely agree that I won't be able to watch the Disney version the same anymore!

I have read Christina Henry's 'Alice' Chronicles, including 'Alice' and 'Red Queen,' which similarly offer a darker, edgy interpretation of familiar tales, characters, and settings. While I was expecting something similar from 'Lost Boy' - and I was not disappointed in that expectation - 'Lost Boy' is by far my favorite of Henry's dark fairy tale novels. Through the perspective of Jamie, we get to know that character intimately, as well as gaining a new, more complicated look at Peter Pan, which is gradually transformed through Jamie's changing perspective, experiences, and responses. The book explores all the darker elements of the story, tapping into readers' recognition of familiar elements and (at times delightfully morbid) curiosity. 'Lost Boy' is a compelling story, with rich and interesting characters, that ushers the reader through a fantastic process of dawning realization unmatched by many other works in the increasingly popular 'retold tales' tradition.

While I wasn't personally a fan of the writing style, namely instances of gratuitous foreshadowing and a tendency toward the dramatic, I still found the plot intriguing and the characters interesting in their exploration of how we choose and revere our leaders, even when and despite the moments we question their decisions. The original fairy tale is still there if you squint a little, but the book does not set out to redeem a villain and explain why he is the way he is. Jamie never becomes a villain—instead, Peter Pan is the one who puts on a new, almost unrecognizable mask of tyranny and careless cruelty. While the grimdark retelling of fairy tales has become a trope in recent years, Lost Boy still contains moments of vulnerability and extreme tenderness, transporting the story to a world where faith and trust are still possible (pixie dust optional).

Excellent retelling of the story of Peter Pan and Captain Hook. I loved how dark and raw the character of Peter Pan was written. This version is definitely for adults; it is scary and full of action. This is the first book I've read by this author, and now I want to read everything she has ever written. I will never be able to watch Disney,s Peter Pan in the same way. I would recommend this to anyone!

Christina Henry. Christina, you rocked my world with this in depth background of the Lost Boys on Peter's Island. It was as hard to breathe as it was to turn away from the pages. You don't have to love the tale of Peter Pan to enjoy this descriptive behind the scenes look of Peter's world from the point of view of his best friend turned mortal or not so mortal enemy. Your heart will be broken and the next time you watch Peter Pan with children, you might just feel a little differently about Captain Hook.

An extremely dark and eye opening prequel to the story of Peter Pan that we all know. It is in its essence a deeply psychological exploration of the island and its inhabitants. Exposing many of the mysteries to its existence, and the brutal secrets that hold sway over the characters we learned to love (or hate) in our childhood.

I really liked the dark telling of Peter Pan. I had always thought it was creepy that children were taken from their home to neverland. The book started a little slow, but once it started bringing more of Peter's background story, it was hard to put down. I will definitely look into more of this author's work. This author is extremely creative.

Before reading this story, I had read biographies of J.M. Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan. So I already knew that Peter was not the way Dinsey made him out to be. Henry took this idea and ran with it. What she has given us is a new very bloody chapter in the Pan mythos. Re-read Peter Pan after this and see how your perspective of the story has changed.

It started out a bit slow. Took around 100 pages to get into. But I did enjoy the story in the last half. I loved the idea of Captain Hook being a Lost Boy. Peter Pan was very dark in this book, which worked well. He was a little flat in the beginning of the book. Jamie was by far my favorite character and was developed really well. Overall a 3/5 stars for me. Good but Alice is still my favorite of hers.

So I read her previous novel and jesus christ, I had nightmares. Henry writes really dark shit, the stuff of nightmares and it makes you wonder, WHERE IS THIS COMING FROM? WHO HURT YOU?! It sure as shit is unique. I am not afraid to curse in this review because lets face it, if youre reading this book, language wont offend you. Peter Pan is such a beloved character, he has a serious fan base. In a way, we all wish we were Peter, we dont wanna grow up. I sure as shit don't. I wanna play all day, I don't wanna work, I wanna stay with friends. Surely his world sounds so perfect. James will show us otherwise. From the beginning, James lets us know he presently has beef with Peter, that things were fine at first, but the more he got to know him, throughout the centuries, the less he liked him. This can be blamed on the fact that James has had to do some of the dirty work for Peter over the years, yeah he is his right hand but that doesn't mean life if full of perks. The book is not suitable for kids, not in any way shape or form, this is not the Peter Pan our grandparents, parents or WE grew up with. As creative as the book is an entertaining, I hope this is not the Peter Pan ANYONE grows up with.

Lost Boy is a captivating and darker retelling of the classic Peter Pan. Think Peter Pan meets Lord of the Flies, and that is essentially the tone of this book. I had never thought it possible to feel sympathy for Captain Hook, before reading Lost Boy. So needless to say this book kind of blew my mind. Warnings first: Much like Lord of the Flies, there's a lot of death in this book, some pirates, some monsters, but mostly children. If this makes you uncomfortable (more than is typical, that is), please reconsider reading it. This tale is established before the events that occur in Peter Pan, before Wendy and the rest ever come to the island. It's about the first boy Peter ever selected to come to Neverland. It's about Jamie, the boy who becomes Captain Hook. Being the first selected means Jamie is responsible for all the new and younger boys, as Peter is too focused on playing to actually care for them. It's up to Jamie to make sure they're safe and fed. It's up to him to bury them when they die. Peter never cares when a boy is killed, but Jamie does. Even though he's the best at killing pirates, it still hurts him to see any of the lost boys die. The more boys Peter brings back to camp, the more responsibility Jamie has; and the less time he has to play. After one hundred and fifty season of this (give or take), one can appreciate how it'd wear on Jamie. The catalyst for a lot of the events that occur in Lost Boy is a young child named Charlie. He's much younger than the boys Peter normally prefers, and he can't really do anything for himself. Jamie has to care for him constantly, and Peter resents him for this; wishing they just leave him to die (or get eaten by a crocodile) instead. Throughout the novel a ghost story haunts Jamie; it's the take if a little ducking that strays from his mother and gets eaten by a crocodile. The mother, in mourning, weeps over the crocodile pond until she becomes a tree, always waiting for her little duckling to come home. It's a story Peter intentionally told in order to scare Charlie and intimidate/warn Jamie. The similarities between the mother duck and her baby versus Jamie and Charlie are enough to make him fear even more for the boy's life, while vague enough for him to question if he' gotten the story wrong. It's very beautifully (and creepily) done. I love every moment of this novel, even the bad ones. Everything is wound together with Peter Pan, and no detail is forgotten. We're (finally) shown why Tinkerbell is the only fairy, why Hook hates Peter so much (this obviously is a main point of the plot), why Peter and the boys stay young as they do. Everything. It's a very well thought out and thorough read. There wasn't much world building done, but with such a strong world already existing, it really wasn't needed. I've always entertained the idea that Peter Pan is actually a true fae, and this novel pretty much convinces me of it. He's a boy by all appearances, bound to the land, extraordinarily fast and graceful. He's unnaturally long lived, speaks to fairies, and doesn't seem to understand human emotions. And don't forget, he kidnaps little boys for fun. Need I say more?


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