An extremely riveting, brilliantly-timed adventure story similar to Pirates of the Caribbean. The perspective-switching was smooth and came at the rigAn extremely riveting, brilliantly-timed adventure story similar to Pirates of the Caribbean. The perspective-switching was smooth and came at the right moments, getting me absorbed in each thread so that I forget about the others. I expected the book to be annoyingly snarky like the original Peter Pan, which I do not at all care for, but it was genuinely funny--especially with the pirates and their bellowing "IDJIT!". Black Stache and Smee were a hilarious duo. There are lots of leaders in the book--Peter as the rather reluctant one, Molly and Fighting Prawn coolly sure of themselves, Stache and the captain of the Never Land not knowing what to do any more than their men, but pretending to. All of the leaders show that leadership is not so much about knowing best, but knowing how to make the best of difficult circumstances.
From the first description of Peter and how he must always, as leader, be a year older than the oldest in his group, I expected him to have the cocky arrogance classic Peter does. But he turned out to be humble. It's a definite hole in his characterization, I would say, because throughout the book he shows no tendency for one-upping, particularly since he basically lets Molly boss him around. I didn't feel too much connection with Peter, but more with Alf, the other orphans, stalwart Molly, and the pirates, even in their wickedness. The elements of the original Peter Pan story-the natives, the crocodile, the flying, Captain Hook--are cleverly worked into the plot. I'm very impressed and look forward to reading the next installments in the series.
(An odd part was the giant black brassiere Stache used for sails, calling them 'The Ladies.' Plus, the romance between Peter and Molly--a little young for that, aren't they?)...more