Review:: Peter Darling by Austin Chant

Ten years ago, Peter Pan left Neverland to grow up, leaving behind his adolescent dreams of boyhood and resigning himself to life as Wendy Darling. Growing up, however, has only made him realize how inescapable his identity as a man is.But when he returns to Neverland in Peter Darling, everything has changed.

The Lost Boys have become men, and the war games they once played are now real and deadly. Even more shocking is the attraction Peter never knew he could feel for his old rival, Captain Hook—and the realization that he no longer knows which of them is the real villain. (via Goodreads)

I have heard so many great things about this novella, but never quite managed to read it. When I found out that it was becoming an audiobook, I snapped it up on Audible and have not regretted a minute of it.

This needs trigger warnings for transmisia, misgendering, dead naming, gender dysphoria, and suicidal ideation. It is written by a trans author.

As I said earlier, I loved Peter Darling. It takes the childish tale of Peter Pan that so many are familiar with, and expands it so that it actually explains everything that goes on in Neverland. The worldbuilding was stunning, and holy character development Batman.

I love the hopeful ending of Peter Darling – they both chose the real world, and they chose to start over together, which to me is the happiest of possible endings for this story.

You can pick up a copy on Amazon, Audible or Indiebound. I highly recommend the audio – the narrator sounds exactly like I imagine Hook would sound in real life.

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