Gwen is a typical 16 year old girl, dreaming about the boy in her algebra class and hoping he will ask her to homecoming to getting frustrated at her little sister and parents. Then her little sister goes missing and her parents tell Gwen that Peter Pan has taken her to Neverland, and that magic is real. She escapes to Neverland to try and bring her sister home only to find out there is a war going on between the two worlds. Peter Pan is not the child we remember from the stories, but is now a teenager due to his constant visits to reality. Gwen is faced with a decision of whether or not she will join Pan and his band of children in their war or hurry home to her normal teenage life
I have never been more disappointed in a book than I was with this one. I had such high hopes for Neverland Wars. I haven't read a "re-telling" of Peter Pan yet, so when I found this book I was eager to read it. But when I got to the point where it discussed Peter Pan as kidnapping children and reality engaging a war with Neverland. I am not sure what exactly I was expecting but that wasn't it. Granted once Gwen gets to Neverland there is a lot of the Peter Pan elements like flying, child-like imagination, mermaids, the crocodile etc. It was interesting of reality wanting to harness and utilize Neverland magic, I am not sure if it was executed properly.
It starts off setting the premise of Gwen being a teenage girl in love with the homecoming king, Jay Hoek. I honestly thought somehow this would come back to him being somehow related to Captain Hook, but no cigar. All of this becomes a moot point when Rosemary is taken and everyone is in an uproar, not because she is taken, but because they need to explain to Gwen now about magic and how it is being used to operate things like smartphones. Ookay, cut the next scene where she runs off with Peter Pan to Neverland and the next large portion of the book feels like nonsense of the kids playing and having festivities. At times Peter is borderline abusive to Gwen calling her a dumb girl and instead of standing up for herself, she takes it and agrees with him. Like what the heck? any man calls me dumb and I will fight heaven and hell to prove him wrong. So far were are about 70% into the story and there is still no sign of a war until suddenly a bombing attack of Molotov newspapers which is almost immediately forgotten.
Finally when there is about 10 - 15% of the story left is when things shift to Gwen going back to the reality (sans Rosemary which was her whole point of going to Neverland) and again nothing remotely close to the original plot line of a war between the worlds, but hey she finally kisses the boy of her dreams before being attacked by a shadow. Yes a shadow....this is the part when I got completely confused and unsure of what in the world was happening. I honestly have no idea what happens in this part, to the point where i kept asking WTF.
The writing was good enough, I think the issue was there is a lot of build up for future novels. Sometimes when trying to develop a series too much time is spent building up the story in the first book and I think that is what happened here. I hope the next novel in the series (if there is one) follows the storyline better and provides more to the war between the two realities better. Unfortunately because it came off as being so laughable, I am giving this a 2 out of 5.