Title: Second Star
Author: J.M. Sullivan
Published: March 5, 2019
Publisher: Bleeding Ink Publishing
Wendy Darling worked her entire life to rise through the ranks of the prestigious Londonierre Brigade. Now as a Captain, she has everything she’s always wanted, including a ship and crew of her own. But when the Brigade receives a strange transmission from the legendary James Hooke, lost a hundred years earlier in uncharted space and presumed dead, Wendy is willing to risk it all to rescue her hero. She races to the planet known only as Neverland; her mission to find the long-lost crew and bring them home.
But there is more to Neverland than meets the eye, and more to Hooke than what was written in history books. When Wendy crash lands on the ominous planet, she quickly discovers Neverland’s dark secret; a malevolent being known as The Shadow that’s looking for a host body to escape its eternal prison. To fulfill her mission, Wendy must decide whether to trust the dashing Hooke or the mysterious Fleet mechanic who goes by the name of Pan–and she has to decide quickly…
Before the darkness consumes them all.
A re-telling of Peter Pan was something I couldn’t quite pass up. As a little girl I had always dreamed of Neverland and the adventures one might have there. In this story, we have all the classic Peter Pan characters with new twists and slightly adjusted personalities, which is totally fine!
One of the aspects that I really enjoyed from Sullivan was her ability to capture the essence of Wendy in her writing. Wendy in ‘Second Star’ has been raised in a rigid environment, always to follow the rules, and never give in to personal whims or desires. Which she does a magnificent job of following until she meets Peter.
The spark that happens between these two flips Wendy’s world upside down. Out of nowhere she is doing and saying things she never would have done before. Becoming an even braver and driven individual than she already was.
Oh and did I mention that this whole story is nearly science-fiction based? Including space ships, space travel and robotic droids!? An amazing job by Sullivan to create a modern and enjoyable version of Peter Pan that I would certainly recommend to my friends and other readers that are interested in the YA genre