Everland (Everland Series #1)

Everland (Everland Series #1)

by Wendy Spinale


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London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them 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 outbreak has spread 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. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781338095531
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 03/28/2017
Series: Everland Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 141,316
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Wendy Spinale is a former character actor for the Disneyland theme park (so she's very familiar with the world of make-believe). She is the author of Everland and its follow-up, Umberland, as well as Lost Boy, a prequel novella to Everland.

Wendy lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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His face draws close to mine. “You don't plan to march into the city and rescue your sister with a couple of dull daggers, do you?”
“I'll find another weapon on the way.” I grab for my pack, but he brushes my hand aside.
“Do you really believe you and your kid brother can get her back all by yourself? It's only a matter of time before you're caught, too.” Pete hands me my bag. “Most survivors have learned the two rules to staying alive. Number one: don't leave behind a footprint. Bella and I stick to the rooftops. Others, those that are skilled with weapons and can run fast…”
“And have stomachs of steel,” Bella interjects, wrinkling her nose.
“Those Scavengers utilize the sewage systems,” Pete finishes.
“There are other people?” Mikey asks, tugging on Pete's coattail.
“Of course there are others,” Bella says with exasperation in her voice.
“Lots of them. All kids, obviously. You don't think the four of us are the only ones left in England, do you?” “Where are the other kids?” Mikey asks, his expression wild with curiosity. Pete beckons us to the window. Mikey follows and, with reluctance, I join them. In the distance, the crumbled buildings of Everland rise toward the sky like steel, concrete, and brick tombstones. The navy blue hues of night have faded into lavender as the sun on the horizon chases away what is left of the evening stars. Only two twinkling points remain. He points to the west.
“Second to the right,” he says. “Just below it.”
“You're telling me there are children hiding in Everland?” I ask in disbelief.

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Everland 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was so good and was kindof like a modern peter pan it also had a great plot and plot twist
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was a very clever twist on the familiar characters from Peter Pan. I really liked the story on general but there was way to much detail describing how things look steam punk. Literally, the book repeatedly went into great detail describing the brass, cogs, leather, etc. It just simply isn't important to the plot. I ended up skimming through those detail and feeling annoyed that I had to suffer through those parts to get back to the plot which was quite good.
caitlinwhetten More than 1 year ago
Everland leans towards the younger side of YA. I would even put it in middle grade except that some Lost Boys are horrifically killed. I really liked the steampunk elements and the clever ways Spinale uses the original story elements. I love the post-apocalyptic world and I liked the characters of Tiger Lily, Doc and Jack. I felt Hook's chapters were really confusing, corny and just plain weird. I think it's having to imagine him as a teenager which gets even weirder when he seems to put the moves on Gwen's mom. The main characters of Gwen, Pete and Bella seem to fall straight into their YA fantasy tropes and not really rise above them. I also found the little Lost Boys somewhat annoying. I also found some of the world-building a bit confusing. Overall, I'd say that if I had read this when I was 14, I would have loved it, so I recommend it for younger audiences. It's cute and there are some elements that are interesting, but I also found it a bit cheesy and stereotypical.
224perweek More than 1 year ago
Perfect amount of action, adventure, romance, with a hint of naughtiness. I loved this steampunk take on Peter Pan. The author changed a bit about the storyline but it works. Good form, Wendy!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From page 1 to 252, it was a BLAST!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My eyes are swelling with tears as I type this. Please forgive me if it sounds weird. Think Steampunk and Peter Pan! Awesome, right? No, freaking amazing!!! Wendy wrote this book in the most phenomenal way possible. We are first introduced to Gwen. She is a fifteen year old girl trying to take care of her younger sister and brother during a horrible war. She has to scavage around a broken city, while hiding from the Marauders. The Marauders are soldiers in Hook's army. You read that correctly, the Captain Hook. Hook is trying to capture all the girls to find the immune. When Hook and his army bombed London they released a deadly virus. That virus killed off most of the city, mostly adults though. When Gwen's sister is taken by Hook's men, Pete arrives to help her, and he little brother. This is when the adventure of a lifetime begins! There is a twist, and quite a few surprises. You will not see them coming!! Please go out and buy this book. You will not be disappointed. If you happen to love books as much as I do, then you may already have it in your "to be read" pile! Wendy, you are an absolutely fantastic author. I cannot wait to read the second book. I love strong female leads, and Gwen is now one of my favorites! I loved the book so much. Thank you!
terferj More than 1 year ago
Oh this was good. I really like the twist on the classic Peter Pan story. At first I was a little thrown that the story switched between Gwen and Hook. But it made the story that much better. With Gwen’s pov, you see how she has dealt with growing up far faster than she is supposed to, her goal to find her sister, trusting and becoming part of a group of kids surviving, outsmarting the bad guys, and doing what’s right. With Hook, you see how he became the way he is. He may be ruthless but also tenderhearted (it’s very small but it’s there!). I really like the Pete, Bella, and the lost kids too. What a fabulous group of people. For a bunch of kids maintaining and keeping alive a city of kids is amazing. I found this to a fast paced book with in the background romance (yay!). It has such beautiful descriptions and I’m jealous of Bella’s wings. I want a pair! Can’t wait for the next book.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
London is in ruins, blitzed by German bombs and riddled with deadly disease. The Horologia virus never spares anyone for long. Gwen has managed to survive but supplies are running out and it's becoming harder to hide herself and her younger siblings, Joanna and Mikey, from the enemy soldiers, known as Marauders, who are occupying the city. Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer--Hook--leads the Marauders and scours the city for a cure to the Horologia virus. The Marauders abduct children for experiments but none have returned. When Joanna is taken, Gwen is desperate to get her back. Ill-prepared for a rescue mission on her own, Gwen is soon taken in by Pete, a reckless boy who leads a gang of Lost Boys hidden in London's underground tunnels. With help from Pete and his sidekick Bella, Gwen hopes she can save her sister before time runs out in Everland (2016) by Wendy Spinale. Everland is Spinale's debut novel and the start of a new series. If you haven't guessed yet, Everland is a steampunk retelling of Peter Pan. Spinale blends a gritty, wartorn London with steam-powered technology in this action-packed tale. Limited world building helps explain the bare bones of the story including the motives behind Germany's invasion and Hook's role in it. However less immediate details are absent making this novel feel strangely timeless and lacking a sense of place despite Spinale's detailed descriptions. This novel is narrated by Gwen with chapters from Hook interspersed throughout. Gwen's narration is sharp and brisk as she struggles to keep herself and her siblings safe. Hook's narration is strikingly similar though darker in tone. Although Gwen is around sixteen, she reads much younger. The novel itself is peppered with predictable plot twists and heavy handed foreshadowing although fast-paced action helps to distract from these issues. Readers approaching this novel as a retelling will enjoy seeing the ways Spinale reinvents familiar events and characters from the original text including clever steampunk elements. Unfortunately, in staying so close to the source material, this novel often misses opportunities to push a familiar story into truly new directions. Everland will appeal most to readers with a strong fondness for the original Peter Pan as well as steampunk fans. Possible Pairings: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson, Incarceron by Catherine Fisher, Winterspell by Claire Legrand, Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell, Airborn by Kenneth Oppel, Never, Never by Brianna Shrum, Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book for teen or adult.