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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  5,295 ratings  ·  1,093 reviews
The only way to grow up is to survive.

London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived the destruction and the outbreak of a deadly virus are children, among them sixteen-year-old Gwen Darling and her younger siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the deadly Marauders—the German army
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published May 10th 2016 by Scholastic Press
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Brittany (Brittany's Book Rambles)
Everland has everything you love about Peter Pan but reimagined to include a dark, steampunk, dystopian-like world. My heart is absolutely soaring after reading this book, and I love all of the new twists that were added to the story. Though I haven't read the original Peter Pan novel (and shame on me for that) but I think that J.M. Barrie would be proud of this retelling. It even incorporates some of the original lines from Peter Pan, which just makes me extremely giddy. I had so much fun readi ...more
Kimber Silver
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it." ― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

3.5 rounded up to 4 for a good concept and an interesting ending.

In this Peter Pan-meets-steampunk-Mad-Max, Everland is a new twist on the original fairytale. As with the prototype, Pete is our hero; a cocky bit of fun with all manner of tricks up his sleeve. His sidekick, Bella, the Tinkerbelle of this yarn, adds a bit of pre-teen lovelorn angs
I was not entirely sold on this book when it came in my Owlcrate box last year since I am not into Peter Pan and retellings are usually hit-and-miss with me but decided to give it a try for Owlcrate-a-thon (Owlcrate readathon). I am glad I did. It is sort of like The Walking Dead meets Lord of the Flies.

This story revolves around Gwen (never called Wendy in this retelling) trying to keep her siblings, Joanna and Mikey, alive after a plague wipes out almost everyone in England and possibly the w
Liz Kowal
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I actually finished this the other day, but for some reason my goodreads kept tweaking out whenever I would go to mark as finished.
SO anyways, this was a fun book! It didn't necessarily WOW me, hence the 4 stars but I still very much enjoyed it.
I loved the steampunk theme to it, and the plot is pretty creative. For all you retelling junkies out there, read this!
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
A steampunk retelling of Peter Pan. Not sure whether I would call it dystopian or an alternate reality.
The Blood Red Queen of Germany sent her armies to attack London. One of the targets is a building handling highly infectious diseases. A deadly virus is released that wipes out the adult population and most of the girls.
This has some very interesting twists on Barrie’s story. We have Captain Hook and Mr. Smyth. We have a little girl with mechanical wings who sprinkles gold dust, and we have
This wasn't one of my NEED TO READ books, but I'm always up for a good fairy tale retelling, so I thought I'd enjoy it. I also haven't read many Peter Pan retellings, so that was another plus; and I love England. Having read this, though, I'm mostly dissatisfied and disappointed.

I thought its greatest strength was that it was a very imaginative historical retelling of Peter Pan that sticks fairly close to the original (unlike, for example, Never Ever, which seems to be a more contemporary retell
Evelyn Medina
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I genuinely loved reading this book and it was so much fun! I loved the steampunk aspect (obviously) but I also loved the fact that even though it was a retelling and I was comparing it to Peter Pan for a while, it definitely stands on it own. I love that Gwen starts off a little meek and timid but she's actually a badass. And even though he was the villain, when I was reading from Hook's perspective, he actually seemed very human. Not just some bad guy who hates everyone. I only gave this 4 sta ...more
Nicole Alycia
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads
I love a good retelling and this is, by far, one of the better Peter Pan retellings out there. That’s my opinion at least.
This book followed the original storyline pretty darn closely but in its own little world. I could easily figure out who everyone was supposed to be (I mean, the names were pretty similar) but I could also picture scenes from the Disney movie that corresponded with what was actually going on. I loved it!
I liked the characters, I liked the world it was set in, and I liked th
Karen ⊰✿
I typically stay away from re-tellings because there are just so many that are poorly done and often lazy in execution. But I received the audio for free from audiobooksync this year and then it was chosen for a group read with NBRC so I began!
At the start I was really impressed. I loved the steampunk/dystopian take on the novel and I thought it was very clever. A great way to bring a classic story to today’s readers. But by about three quarters in I felt it dragged quite a bit and kind of limpe
Aug 12, 2020 rated it did not like it
After I thought about it and read the other two books, I really hated all three of the books in this trilogy. I will not be giving any of these 3 books a rating because I dont know what to rate them and that I didn't like them, I dont think these books deserve a rating from me. I was hoping to love these books alot, and now I am disappointed in this trilogy. Maybe one day I will get the physical copy of everland and try to physically read the book and maybe I will love them then. ...more
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 ⭐️
Peter Pan is my favorite fairy tale but retelling are not usually interesting to me but her name is Wendy so i thought it was a sign. I really enjoyed the twist she brought to Neverland and the lost boys. I liked that she brought wonderland into this book with Hook doing the Bloodred Queens dirty work. It had new aspects to neverland and the lost boys, yet it stayed familiar/similar to the original
Rachel Patrick
This review (and others) can be seen in all its properly formatted glory on my blog Beauty and the Bookshelf.

Peter Pan retellings are my kryptonite. Beauty and the Beast may be my favorite fairy tale and movie, but Peter Pan shit is my trash. Some retellings may not be as appealing as others, but I still want to read them because Peter fucking Pan. Everland fell into the category of retellings that I'm not super excited about (and honestly, I'm not a fan of that cover like at all), but I liked h
Rachael ( RachaelRexds )
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed Everland! It's rather dark but it's also a quick read with a great cast of characters :)
Looking forward to the sequel coming out on 9th May!
Anniken Haga
May 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
After reading the two latest Owlcrate-books, and really liking them, I had some hope for this one.
Not only had I ''learned'' that owlcrate books were easily read and intriguing, but this one was a steampunk book.
I love a good steampunk book.
When I also opened it, and realised it was a retelling of Peter Pan, I was overjoyed, seeing how I'd just - the same day - finished listening to the original Peter Pan story.
But it did not live up to the expectations...

I was intrigued at the beginning.
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I can't. This book was amazing, especially the ending! I need the sequel ASAP! I'm excited to see where they're going to take the story. ...more
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I got this book in my owl crate and its......... Cute. not amazing. but cute. a nice little snuggle up read if you're looking for a interesting escape. A little cheesy at times....but cute. ...more
Nikk the Sapphired Book Dragon
I enjoyed this both more than I expected but also for different reasons that I thought I would. I went into the story expecting the steampunk but not quite ready for the dystopian edge to the story. I found the first couple chapters didn’t really pull me in and if it hadn’t been for the fact I had to write discussion questions for later in the book, I might not have pressed on. I am glad I did though as I began to find myself more and more intrigued. I really quite liked the way the author spun ...more
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, edelweiss
Everland is a steam-punk/dystopian retelling of Peter Pan. A quite enjoyable one at that.
It takes place in a post-apocalyptic London that was destroyed by bombs and a deadly virus known as the Horologia virus.
The chapters alternate between Gwen and Hook's POV. While I would have liked to see a chapter or two from Pete or Bella's perspective I can understand why it focuses more on Gwen and Hook.

Hook is looking for Gwen who he finds out is the only person who is truly immune to the virus so he ne
B.A. Wilson
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, fantasy
This wasn't for me. I wanted to love it, because it came in my OwlCrate box. I just couldn't. DNF.

Great cover, though. And I love the concept, so one star for each of those, plus effort. I just found the writing style and approach to be off-putting, which left me feeling at all times disconnected from the characters and story.
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Frankly speaking...I never enjoy Peter Pan and I never thought that I'll read any of it's retelling...until now...WOW!

Congrats and thank you to the author for this magnificient book!
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
It started out really enjoyable with an interesting setting and a cool take on the Peter Pan story. All the original elements were there, only woven together in a different way. The steampunk part of the story was well done and the story progressed nicely.

Unfortunately, the author then ruined it all with the ending. It was incoherent, illogical and took longer than necessary. Considering Hook's previous actions, it was simply incomprehensible why he acted the way he did in that final "stand", fo
Lindsey Lynn (thepagemistress)
Quick read, predictable. Appreciate this being a Peter Pan retelling. We don't have enough of them. There were some lulls in the first 100 pages. Felt more like it was a short story to me ...more
Dec 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Review to come peeps xo
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Everland is a dystopian, steam-punk retelling of Peter Pan.

If I was giving stars for premise, it would be five stars for sure. The premise is surely the most interesting and captivating thing about Everland. Gwen Darling is the heroine. Since a virus/plague killed off most--if not all--of the adults in England, Gwen is responsible for her younger siblings, Mikey, the youngest, and her sister Joanna. When Gwen is out scavenging one day, Joanna is kidnapped by the Marauders, the Marauders are led
Abby Vincere
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This book is stupid and bad. Also, I love it.

Let’s be real, the characters are all clichés. There’s no worldbuilding whatsoever. It’s a standard, semi-creatively conceptualized but poorly executed Peter Pan retelling. The writing is juvenile, even for middle grade.

The romance is so, so, so, so, soooooo cringe-worthy — we get it, Gwen, Pete’s eyes are green like sea glass / emeralds / leaves / Shrek. (Just kidding. Gwen didn’t describe Pete’s eyes as the colour of Shrek, but wouldn’t it be funny
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Everland was a fun-filled ride of adventure as the reader is introduced to a different spin on the classic story of Peter Pan. I enjoyed the tale immensely as I've always loved Peter Pan. Now before you write this off that you know the whole story and don't need to read this, I disagree. While it was predictable for various reasons, it didn't lessen my enjoyment.

Spinale takes the world of Peter Pan and mixes it with an apocolypse. If this had been done before, I didn't read or watch it. I loved
Sep 21, 2016 rated it did not like it
Nope. Nope, nope, nope. Not for me at all.
The concept sounded wonderful. Steampunk Peter Pan retelling? Sign me up! However, I quickly found that this just didn't fit the bill. The writing was dull, the characters were bland, the dialogue made me cringe, and the plot itself just confused me. I was not enjoying this and I gave it 100 pages to see if it would get better, but it didn't. Also, this book was incredibly sexist!

"Kill me? I hardly think anyone could leave a scratch on me, much less a
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow! I loved this steampunk dystopian retelling of Peter Pan! And I can't believe it but I really loved Pete! Also Gwen rocks and I adored Bella! And Hook was just pain evil!!! Can't wait for book 2!!! ...more
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Wendy is the author of the Everland series. She is a former Disneyland actress and online journalist. She currently resides in California with her three sons, two dogs, a chinchilla, and hamster.

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