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|Length: 320 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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|Age Level: 12 - 18||Grade Level: 7 - 12|
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From School Library Journal
- Publication date : May 10, 2016
- File size : 5562 KB
- Publisher : Scholastic Press (May 10, 2016)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 320 pages
- ASIN : B015QMBYD8
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #678,145 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Everland is a steampunk, real world spin off of Peter Pan, and I absolutely love the idea of this book. Integrating real world problems like disease, wars, and hunger makes it unique. When you start reading the book, you can distinguish the similarities from this book from the popular children’s story about Peter Pan.
The book starts off with first person view of Gwen, who lives with her siblings Joanna and Mikey. Gwen is fifteen years old and has to take care of her siblings because her parents are supposedly dead from a disease that overtook London. Required to take care of her family, she is forced to grow up. She goes off into the dangerous city to scavenge and fight for her life. Marauders also known as soldiers are patrolling for kids to kill and use as experiments for a cure.
Throughout chapter and chapter, point of views are changed with Hook. Captain Hans Otto Oswald Kretschmer is head of the German army. His main mission to find a cure in England's Borders. Capturing as many kids to find a cure for himself, not caring for his army. All the adult in England have died but kids seem to be immune. Later on in the story, they find out Gwenn is the key to the cure and goes out hunting for her.
Jumping back to Gwenn’s point of view, Joanna, her sibling, was taken and her goal is to get her back. When planning to get Joanna, she meets Pete and Bella who are apart of a gang called Lost Boys. The Lost boys have been hiding underground since the disease outbreak, hiding from the marauders. Pete and Belle have their own specific characteristics that connect them to the story “Peter Pan”. The lost boys take in Gwenn and Miket, and help them get their sister back. During the endeavor, they encounter obstacles.
I loved this book. I have a soft spot for anything steampunk theme. If you enjoy realistic theme integrated into story tale fiction than you will like this book. Adventurous, fast paced book that any age can enjoy.
This story revolves around Gwen (never called Wendy in this retelling) trying to keep her siblings, Joanna and Mikey, alive after a plague wipes out almost everyone in England and possibly the world except for young children especially boys. This plague started after Queen Katherina of Germany had her son, Captain Herman Otto Oswald Kretschmer, or Captain HOOK, invade England and destroy a weapons lab that contained the virus that killed or sickened just about everyone. Captain HOOK and his Marauders now search for survivors which are mostly young boys so they can be experimented on in hopes of finding a cure. When out scavenging for food one day in Everland (old London), Gwen runs into Pete and Bella when trying to hid from Marauders and they follow her home to discover Joanna has been taken by Marauders. Gwen and Mikey decide to join Pete's group, the Lost Boys in the Lost City, in order to get help rescuing Joanna. Gwen, despite her age and gender, appears to be showing none of the virus' flesh-eating symptoms which leads them to think she is immune and the key to finding a cure that is starting to affect a third of the Lost Boys. Once Captain HOOK finds out about the possible "Immune" he will stop at nothing to get Gwen so he can return home a hero.
It was more of a dystopian novel (one of my favorite genre) than steampunk to me and the references to the retelling of the Disney movie Peter Pan were the famous lines reused in a totally difference context most times than in the original story. The end-of-the-world scenario reminded me of The Walking Dead in the way they had to fight for their survival against not only disease but other survivors and Lord of the Flies in the way that it is a colony of children and there is some in-fighting. I loved this book and cannot wait for the sequel.
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
The plot moves quickly, and danger lurks around every turn. Once I started reading this book, I couldn’t stop. If I wasn’t reading, I was thinking about the story and wondering what would happen next! Bella was probably my favorite character. She’s smart and bold and frank. A bit capricious, as you’d expect, but since she’s a twelve-year-old girl, it’s hard to dislike her.
I loved the steampunk elements of the story, too. The zeppelins and steam trains and Bella’s metal wings. So many cool details made Everland a sharply memorable book. If you liked the Lunar Chronicles (like Cinder) or Spindle Fire by Alexa Hillyer (though Everland is not as dark), you need Everland on your reading list.
Action, danger, cool Steampunk gadgets and world building, and a touch of romance made this book a classic in its own right.
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But alas, it wasn't handled very well.
The protagonist, Gwen Darling, is 15 years old and takes care of her younger siblings, Joanna and Mikey, as they lost their parents in the catastrophic event of the destruction of a biolab in London and the following spread of a deadly disease.
The story is written in the first person narrative with changing perspectives. Gwen's perspective dominates, Hook's perspective comes second. As if that wasn't enough, it's also written in the present tense. This makes for an unusual and for my part very uncomfortable set-up. The fact that there's an age difference of almost 7 years between Gwen and myself certainly didn't help.
I didn't only have a problem with the instant attraction between Gwen and Pete (ahh, yes, the Lost Boy with the "mesmerizing green eyes") and how she was fulfilling the "girl-trying-to-tell-herself-that-she-isn't-attracted-to-boy-although-everyone-around-them-plus-the-reader-knows" kinda trope. I also took notice of how poorly written the younger characters (especially Gwen's brother Mikey, who is 6 years old) were. One of the hardest things to do in YA and children's literature is hitting the right tone when building the character of kids and giving them an authentic voice and tone. Often enough, real children's use of language is far more complex than adults think it is. Sadly, this book didn't manage to do just that.
On top of that, there was unnecessary drama, too much jealousy between the characters, a plot twist everyone could foresee and a cringe-, absolutely cringe-worthy Hook. Every time the story was told from his perspective I felt like closing the book.
Oh, well. If you already bought this book and haven't read it yet, save yourself some time and make sure it stays that way. If you read it and you enjoyed it: hey, I'm happy for you. If you read it and your reaction was similiar to mine, trust me, you're not alone. We suffered together.