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Initial Thoughts: When I saw this book on Netgalley, my first reaction was “hmm… this is interesting…” Lost Boy, Found Boy is a science fiction retelling of the classic tale of Peter Pan. I do have many books on my to-read list on Netgalley already, but since Lost Boy, Found Boy is a novella of approximately 21,000 words, I figured I’d be able to finish it in no time!
In a futuristic world, Neverland is a holomatrix, Hook is a cyborg, and Tinker Bell is an automated computer interface.
Peter is desperate to save his lover from a military draft that, unbeknownst to him, Mir volunteered for because they are desperate to be able to fly. So, naturally, Peter programs an entire island—Neverland—as a refuge where Mir can fly without having to fight in a war.
But he doesn’t locate Mir right away; instead, he fights for control of the island with automated interface Tinker Bell, and in his attempts to find Mir, others arrive on the island. But Peter’s single-minded focus on Mir generates repercussions for everyone.” – Goodreads
Lost Boy, Found Boy is a science fiction reimagining of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan where Neverland is a computer program, and Tinker Bell, its interface. In Mir and Peter’s world, boys are snatched from their pods and enlisted into the army to fight in a dangerous battle against an unknown foe. Little did Peter know, Mir volunteered to join because those who are chosen are given the ability to fly. In order to save Mir from the dangers of battle, Peter creates Neverland, a place where Mir will be able to fly without jeopardizing Mir’s safety. But Neverland is more than what Peter imagined. Suddenly, the island takes on a life of its own, and its interface, Tinker Bell begins to open portals to the outside world. As Neverland’s population grows, Mir is nowhere to be found. As the island begins to develop, Tinker Bell becomes overloaded with data. Will Peter be able to find Mir and keep his island alive? Continue reading