Sixteen-year-old Wendy Darling and her insecure freshman brother, John, are hitting the books at the Marlowe School. But one tome consumes their attention: THE BOOK OF GATES, a coveted Egyptian artifact that their professor father believes has magical powers. Soon Wendy and John discover that the legend is real—when they recite from its pages and descend into a snaking realm beneath the Manhattan school. As the hallways darken, and dead moths cake the floor, a charismatic new R.A. named Peter reveals that their actions have unleashed a terrible consequence: the underworld and all its evil is now seeping into Marlowe. Daniel Nayeri and Dina Nayeri return to reimagine Peter Pan as a twisty, atmospheric, and fast-paced fantasy about the perils of immortality.
I thought this book would have been about all the teenagers from the first novel Another Faust, but no it wasn’t! There is a new set of characters. Now the title didn’t make any sense until I realized one of the character’s names were Wendy Darling and Peter..As in Peter Pan. But instead of Peter coming from a nether world like in the Disney films, he is basically a character obsessed with being immortal. And who would Peter battle with to claim immortality than with Madame Vileroy, but here she’s known as the school nurse!
What I did not understand was the connection with the Egyptian history. What did the past have to do with it? I couldn’t connect Peter Pan with Egypt just because my mind has skewed its perception of the story. Thanks a lot Disney. Even though that made me confused, there is a great story being told. I did enjoy the stories that they wrote in between, and the journey the Darling kids go through with that magical element in place. But what I did not understand is why Peter wanted to live forever.
The writing is done well, and I imagined it as a movie. That’s how greatly descriptive and plot driven it was. I did enjoy this book better than the first that’s for sure.