"The Spy Who Never Grew Up" is an odd little mash-up of the Peter Pan story, good time espionage, and paranormal almost-romance. Six generations after the infamous Wendy, Ashley finds herself whisked away to Neverland, where she comes face to face with the thing that has haunted her family for generations, and drove her grandmother insane -- the boy who won't grow up, Peter Pan himself. But Neverland is changing and Peter is a little older -- and Ashley's in for an interesting experience...
The Spy Who Never Grew Up was ... interesting. At first I was like, Peter Pan? wtf? It was funny, and it was kinda weird (I do like weird), but it was bordering on a miss for me for a couple of reasons:
- I really. really like Peter Pan. I'm not talking Disneyfied Peter, but JM Barry quirky awesomeness. But Peter Pan the heartthrob? This is supposed to be a book of paranormal romance, after all...
- And there's always a choice when you're writing about an established character -- do you try to match the language/tone of the original, or abandon it and do your own thing?
At first, this was caught somewhere in the middle for me, though I think she went more for tone and ambience that capturing the style, which was wise. But it was weird -- I love Peter, but I wasn't sure I wanted to buy him as a heartthrob. I mean, it does somehow work -- we all like boyish charm, right? -- but at the same time, it was like, Peter is sacred. Do I want to see him lustful? No, I don't.
"The Spy Who Never Grew Up" is found in the anthology Kiss Me Deadly.
Sarah Rees Brennan is the author of The Demon's Lexicon.