By Wendy Spinale
3 out of 5 stars
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 led by the cutthroat Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.
Unsure if the virus has spread past England’s borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook is on the hunt for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the surviving children. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return.
Until one day when they grab Joanna. Gwen will stop at nothing to get her sister back, but as she sets out, she crosses paths with a daredevil named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it might cost Gwen more than she bargained for. And are Gwen, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart the ruthless Captain Hook?
We are doing a Fairytale vs. Retelling comparison read in the Life & Lit Facebook book club this month. This book was already on my TBR and bookshelf at home so I definitely had to give it a read!
This was an interesting book that suffers from no or very little character development. I love the concept of an illness in this time period but I didn’t get involved or feel invested in any of the characters. I wish there would have been more humanizing moments and prequel information. I also felt like the ending romance was quite a cop or and a little lazily done. It definitely gave me the impression that this was a debut author that has some room to grow and improve and be a little more creative.