These Deathless Shores

Orbit. Jul. 2024. 432p. ISBN 9780316569200. pap. $19.99. FANTASY
DEBUT Jordan was a Lost Boy, flying with Peter Pan and fighting pirates, never to grow up—until her body betrayed her, and she was cast back to the real world. Now Jordan is 22, still fighting against her body and its addiction to the Dust from Neverland. When an opportunity presents itself to get her back to the island where everything went wrong, Jordan knows this will be her chance to go back to the stories and the magic, her chance to face Peter one last time, the way she wants. Jordan knows that she is heading onto a shadowy path, so maybe it is time to be the villain of this story. The raw, emotional arcs of the characters show that the innocence of youth is not always what it seems, and the novel deals with themes of substance-use disorder, disability, and gender.
VERDICT A gritty, immersive Peter Pan retelling with a Malaysian-inspired setting that flips the narrative on its head. Readers will enjoy the familiar tale in Low’s resonant prose.
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