London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders -- the German army led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.
Unsure if the virus has spread past England's borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return. Until the day they grab Joanna. As Gwen sets out to save her, she meets a daredevil boy named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it will cost Gwen. And are she, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart Captain Hook?
So this is a steampunk take on Peter Pan. When I first heard about this book, that idea really called to me. I love steampunk, but I haven't read many stories set in a steampunk setting that worked for me(if you can recommend any you loved PLEASE DO!)
EVERLAND started out really strong, then it trailed off a bit and I had to take a break because I was getting bored with the story. I picked it back up several days later and found myself engrossed once more in it. The ending was a bit lack-luster, but I do have high hopes for the sequel, if I'm going off what the author whispered to me about it at her signing;).
The setting for this book is glorious, easily my favorite thing about EVERLAND. And I think the reason I liked the 'steampunk'-ness of it is because I felt it was very light. It didn't feel shoved in my face. In fact, I almost felt that at times it was more dystopian than anything.
The character interactions felt a bit forced at times. One moments a character would be yelling at another, then out of the blue she would be looking at him and thinking about how good looking he was. And when I saw out of the blue, I mean that there was NO transition between these conflicting emotions. Boom boom, one thing then another. But really I felt this was easy to overlook and didn't take much away from the book.
It's obvious that EVERLAND is meant for a younger crowd, but overall it's an easy read that has some really fun moments and characters. I recommend it to anyone not looking to criticize it too much. If you go into this book open minded and taking it for what it is, I think you'll walk away satisfied.