7 April 2015

REVIEW: Peter and the Starcatchers (Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson)

"Youth is the spirit of adventure and awakening."
~ Ezra Taft Benson

Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Yeah, it's inspired by Peter Pan.

Not only is youth a theme of this book, but also a major reason why I wanted to read it: This is a children's novel. I received it as a gift when I was roughly ten years old, and though I started reading it, it didn't hold my attention for long enough to finish the book. Now, because I'm almost an adult (that's a scary story to face later . . .), I want to read this series; I fear that if I procrastinate for any longer, I will have absolutely zero interest in this series in a few years. So, let's read it while my adolescence is still intact!
Image via Amazon.

It's about 450 pages, but I finished reading it in about a week and a half. (Spoiler alert: the text on the pages is somewhat large.) Not only this, but the most chapters are rather short -- three to four pages, even, and one of the chapters was less than a page; I love novels with short chapters, because it helps me to read faster and more often.

I might be a bit critical simply because this story doesn't appeal to me as much as it would if I were younger, but some aspects of it are trite and some character archetypes are overdone. (For example, there's one overweight male character named Tubby Ted who doesn't appear to have any character development and whose every comment relates to food. Maybe that's some purposeful comic relief, but if it is, then it wasn't entirely obvious to me.)

However, I do appreciate some of the other characters. The protagonist, Peter, is a parallel to J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan -- but originality is incorporated that helps with his characterization and development. He's portrayed as a natural leader while still displaying childlike traits like innocence and, to an extent, dependence on other people.

The secondary protagonist is a girl named Molly whom I hope to see more of in the series's other novels (which I haven't begun to read yet, but I own them, so I'm a step ahead already). She's logical, stubborn, and there are plenty of hints at a potential romantic relationship between her and Peter. So, while they're not my OTP, I ship it. Really.

I honestly doubt that I'll become as thoroughly invested in this series as I am in my favourite novels, but I intend to see the Peter and the Starcatchers books through to the end of the series. Although, if my research is correct, I believe that a couple of books in the series have been written since I was given the first three as a gift years ago. So, we'll see how that turns out.

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