WHOA. Okay, I'm a huge fan of Peter Pan, and watching Robin Williams in "Hook" makes me cry every.single.time. I was a little wary of this book -- a macabre, gruesome reimagining of the Pan mythos -- because I didn't want to ruin my love of Peter. Good news, friends! This book is such a different side of the story that it's like Bryan Cranston as Walter White in Breaking Bad, vs. Hal from Malcolm in the Middle: sure, it's arguably the same guy, but they couldn't be more different, and they're both almost IMPROVED with the addition of this dark, creepy facet.
"Lost Boy" features a Peter who's a wicked little boy, only interested in his Lost Boy playmates as long as they're fit to play with him. As soon as they become sick or injured, he has no compunction about just...letting them go. After all, there's an endless supply of Lost Boys in our world that he can coax back to Neverland with him. Our main character, Jamie, was Peter's first Lost Boy, and the only one who's been there from the start...and the only one who's realized how ruthless and cruel Peter really is. Jamie has been there so long that despite Neverland's magic, he's starting to grow up, and must make some difficult choices if he wants to survive and save the other Lost Boys from Peter's brutal world.
Highly, highly recommend.