- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (July 4, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399584021
- ISBN-13: 978-0399584022
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook Paperback – July 4, 2017
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Praise for Lost Boy
“Christina Henry shakes the fairy dust off a legend; this Peter Pan will give you chills.”—Genevieve Valentine, author of Persona
“Multiple twists keep the reader guessing, and the fluid writing is enthralling...Henry immerses the reader in Neverland and genuinely shocks...This is a fine addition to the shelves of any fan of children’s classics and their modern subversions.”—Publishers Weekly
“This wild, unrelenting tale, full to the brim with the freedom and violence of young boys who never want to grow up, will appeal to fans of dark fantasy.” —Booklist
“Turns Neverland into a claustrophobic world where time is disturbingly nebulaous and identity is chillingly manipulated...a deeply impactful, imaginative and haunting story of loyalty, disillusionment and self-discovery.”—RT Book Reviews
“Once again, Henry takes readers on an adventure of epic and horrific proportions...Her smooth prose and firm writing hooked me up instantly and held me hostage to the very end.”—Smexy Books
“We all have a soft spot for the classics that we read when we were growing up. But…this retelling will poke and jab at that soft spot until you can never look at it the same way again.”—Kirkus Book Reviews
“Lost Boy owes more to William Golding’s Lord of the Flies than it does Barrie, as Henry examines the darker side to leaving a bunch of boys to fend for themselves… This audacious and gripping treatment of this well-known story is expertly told by Henry’s emotive, evocative prose.”—Starburst Magazine
“Lost Boy is a fantastic adventure story with a Lord of the Flies sensibility… Henry’s writing is among the most substantive and touching in the fantasy genre.”—I Smell Sheep
Praise for Alice
“Careful, this white rabbit will lead you on a psychotic journey through the bowels of magic and madness. I, for one, thoroughly enjoyed the ride.”—Brom, author of The Child Thief
“I loved falling down the rabbit hole with this dark, gritty tale. A unique spin on a classic and one wild ride!”—Gena Showalter, New York Times bestselling author of A Mad Zombie Party
“A dark, delightfully disturbing fall down a rabbit hole of madness and mystery. This is not your mamma’s Alice.”—R. S. Belcher, author of Brotherhood of the Wheel
“A horrifying fantasy that will have you reexamining your love for this childhood favorite. Smooth, velvety prose blends well with the deliciously complex characters and intricate story line...A world that is nothing like Lewis Carroll ever imagined.”—RT Book Reviews (top pick)
“Henry retains all the surreality of Carroll’s tale but makes it even darker, leading readers down a scarier rabbit hole and into a city that’s fantastical, scary and frankly more satisfying than Carroll’s original...The writing is brisk, the story compulsive…A fun, chilling, exciting, magical read.”—The Oklahoman
About the Author
Christina Henry is the author of the Chronicles of Alice, including Alice and Red Queen, and the national bestselling Black Wings series, featuring Agent of Death Madeline Black and her popcorn-loving gargoyle, Beezle. Christina lives in Chicago with her husband and son.
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Top customer reviews
Getting into Jamie’s head, seeing his compassion for the boys Peter doesn’t care about, and feeling his anger over Peter’s betrayal was emotionally provoking. I was cheering on Jamie the whole time, routing for Peter to fail.
The story is dark, like Barrie’s original Peter Pan, since it leads up to Pan and Hook’s rivalry. If you didn’t like Peter’s character in the original, you probably won’t like him in this book. Though, I have to say, I enjoyed this story ten times more than I did the original. If you’re like me, and Hook is your favorite character of the two and you like the dark twist of Peter Pan, then this is the perfect book for you!
Overall, this is one of my new favorites I’m adding to my bookshelf. I bought the paperback from Amazon for my own enjoyment.
Henry brilliantly wove a tale with an underlying of darkness, expertly showing the slow progression of insanity that was Peter Pan and the depravities of the island. With rich detail and vivid characters, there was no fear in showing the unbridled side to boys when left to their own devices and how susceptible they were to attention. It was poignantly bloodied, but incredibly moving and emotional. Every moment of the story carried with it a deeper meaning, crossing reality with make believe and jealousy with love. And Jamie, before he took to his famous moniker, was at the center of it all as Pan's favorite token from the Other Land, the longest on the island. His character was deeply rooted and clearly written, flickering between his devotion to the Lost Boys and his love for the boy who brought him there. It became impossible to not be wrapped up in him.
Lost Boy was darkly clever, intricate in every way, and so different from any version before it, but brilliant nonetheless. Words cannot express how much I adored this version, how easily it fit into the character we've always known, and how its effect alludes explanation. If you're looking to be thrilled and charmed and twisted, I can not recommend this tale enough.
But do we know why Captain Hook despises Peter? Or where the Lost Boys came from? And why doesn’t Peter ever grow up? Christina Henry’s new book, Lost Boy, spins a yarn and tells the tale of how all this came to be.
And it’s not pretty. It’s not Disney. And it certainly doesn’t have Mary Martin flying around on stage singing.
It’s obvious from the beginning that the narrator, Jamie, is a very young Hook before he became Hook, in fact, he is one of the Lost Boys. Peter’s favorite Lost Boy and his best friend. Jamie explains that they did everything together and he went along without question. They attacked the pirates and Jamie would always cut off their right hands. The Boys would battle; sometimes to the death and Jamie was always the champion. They happily live their Lord of the Flies existence until Peter brings Charlie into the group. Charlie is only five years old and he’s different from the others and this brings out the protective side of Jamie, the paternal side that he has for all the Lost Boys.
But Charlie takes all of Jamie’s time and attention and Peter grows jealous. Charlie becomes the catalyst that causes the best friends to grow apart and become who we know them as. And everything in between is shocking and heartbreaking. At first I felt for the two friends and felt sorry for Peter but then I began to side with Jamie. Peter, despite how long he has lived is still an eleven year-old boy, and he can be as spiteful and cruel as kids can be. He can be manipulative and petulant and throw huge tantrums like young kids do.
Then—and this is my only problem with the book—Peter becomes an outright psychopath. It’s no longer about a boy with hurt feelings; it’s a boy out for revenge. And it is painful, depressing even. There are horrific scenes that make this not a children’s story.
Yet, despite all this, the book is hard to put down. It’s well written and you do feel for the characters; sometimes even Peter. It’s an engrossing coming of age story with narratives we all recognize. In the end, though, there is no misunderstanding as to why Hook despises Peter. I have nothing but sympathy for Jamie/Hook and, I too, hate Peter Pan.
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It’s one of those stories that just didn’t capture my attention and no matter how it’s spun, Peter strikes me as an awful little boy.Read more