Pandora’s only hope lies in a boy… with no powers.
It’s been a century since the Pirate Queen banned all men from the island. Pandora and her Lost Girls hide in crumbling palaces of rulers long gone while pirates terrorize the land. Pan’s only solace is sneaking off to the human realm with her pixie, Tinkerbeau, and spying on the most fascinating creatures she’s ever seen… humans. Tucked away in the flats of London, Pan discovers a lonely boy with an astonishing connection to Neverland. She whisks him away to give as a present to the Lost Girls, convinced he is the key to restoring peace. But as they prepare to battle the Pirate Queen, a terrible truth is revealed. There’s only one way to save Neverland. But Pan’s past has a hidden secret, one that puts her friends— and all of Neverland— in danger.
Lost is an innovative and interesting retelling of the Disney version of Peter Pan, if the gender of every character was reversed, and the characters were a bit older.
It opens with Pandora (Pan) and the Lost Girls raiding Queen Minerva's ship, stealing her feast for themselves in true 'Lost Boys' fashion.
I found the plot very interesting. We get to see the old magic of the original story mixed in with modern technology and cool aspects of it. I thought what Roberts did in terms of that mix was smart and captivating.
I found that the characters were a bit much for me. I am a huge fan of Peter Pan, so turning him into a girl was a stretch for me. However, I think that the switches were very well done. What bothered me was that Pan was hyper-sexual, in a lowkey kind of way. I understand that they were teenagers in this story, but she was VERY all over the place.
I really liked her variation of Tinkerbell, Wendy, and the pirates. She did a really good job with transitioning the characters. It didn't feel forced and they all worked really well.
Just like Robert's first book, the quality of the writing is fantastic. I really enjoyed this variation of a Peter Pan retelling, and I can't wait to see what else Roberts has in store. I think this is a step down from what she has written before, however I would still give it a 4 out of 5 stars.
Constance Roberts is a retired flight attendant who turned in her wings to stay at home with her adventurous daughter and to write. She and her husband live in St. Louis, Missouri where they spend the weekends playing board games with friends. She spends way too much time on Pinterest and her house is littered with half-finished craft projects. She is currently working on Bloodstones, the second book in the Onyx Moon Trilogy, and has big plans for another fantasy series.