- Reading level: Young Adult
- Publisher: Candlewick (September 14, 2010)
A darkness continues to haunt the Marlowe School, and this time, someone is plotting payback. Wendy Darling, a headstrong junior, and her brother, John, a thirteen-year-old genius with a chip on his shoulder, struggle with being from the poorest family at the posh New York academy, where their father is a professor of ancient civilizations. Wendy’s new boyfriend, socialite golden-boy Connor Wirth, offers a solid step up in popularity, yet ambitious Wendy and John still find themselves longing for something more. When the Book of Gates, a mysterious tome of fabled origins, appears at Marlowe along with Peter, a dashing new resident adviser with a murky past, the Darlings are swept into a captivating world of “Lost Boys,” old-world secrets, and forbidden places. The book opens the door to a hidden labyrinthine underworld where Egyptian myths long thought impossible become frighteningly real. Suddenly, Peter, Wendy, and John find themselves captive in the lair of an age-old darkness, trying to escape the clutches of an ancient and beautiful child-thief who refuses to let go.
I don't think they really needed to have the Peter Pan aspect to make this a good book. They story was unique enough and I probably would have liked it a bit more. The idea and plot of the book is what drew me in. The characters were not to my liking. Peter was not what I would have ever thought him to be like. I mean I get the whole need to stay young but my goodness he was a selfish jerk. Wendy was a weak-minded ninny. Sorry but Wendy's character was the worst in my eyes. She didn't seem to have the strength that I have always have seen and read before about her. Tina's Character was a fun one. I think the hit her character dead on.
All in all this was a decent read, the plot is what made the book, not so much the characters. I know this is a really short review but this is pretty much what I thought of it.
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