In the Neverland, people don’t grow up. Because they’re dead.
Remy Cutler dies, and somehow escapes certain death. She returns to the land of the living with nothing but a ripped gown and a fear of heights.
Two years later, she plans to escape her arranged marriage by stowing away onto a ship in hopes to leave her home with no one knowing. However, she is found out, and the sailors aren’t happy. Before any damage can be done, she is yanked from her predicament back to The Neverland, a place where death resides – the very place she escaped from years ago. Souls are ferried by her savior. To her, he’s known as Nick, but to The Neverland, he’s the slippery Nicholas Grey.
The more time Remy spends with Nick and his crew, however, the more she realizes he’s shockingly misunderstood. Pirates aren’t all bad the way gentlemen aren’t all good. One such gentleman goes by the name of Peter, and he has nothing but power on his mind and revenge against Grey in his heart. And then there are those that are completely indiscernible, like James Hook, a Viking and ruler of The Other World, whose sole ambition is attaining more souls to rule over, no matter what the cost.
This dark retelling of Peter Pan infuses familiar characters created by J. M. Barrie with new characters and Greek mythology. It is the first in a trilogy.
Death in Neverland by Heather Myers follows Remy as her world turns upside down. One minute she’s a respectable lady the next she’s on a pirate ship in Neverland. One minute she’s betrothed to marry a man she does not love, the next she’s on a ship washing dishes as her whole outlook on life slowly changes. But things are not as they appear to be.
At first you assume the ship’s captain to be either Hook or Peter Pan, after all it’s a book about Neverland. And one would also think that Remy would be Wendy, but she isn’t. But that isn’t the case at all because the ship Remy finds herself on is captained by Nick.
As the story unfolds we find out that Remy has been there before, as she’s faced death and escaped. She’s the only one to escape deaths clutches and this has act has caught the eye of Nick and the magistrate and Nick is told to keep an eye on Remy. He does so and ends up saving her, which is how she ends up on the ship in the first place. Here you meet his crew, which at first seem like your average pirate crew, but then you learn more about them and grow to love each character and actually wish they weren’t in the situation that they are in.
Then there’s Hook. Now one of my favorite characters in the original tellings of Peter Pan is Hook. I don’t know why but I really like Hook, and that goes the same for Death in Neverland. He’s created to be a handsome, yet deadly character and he knows it. He’ll do what he can to get what he wants. And he just makes you quake at the knees when you read him. He really fits the original Hook persona and I think that is amazing. Pan on the other hand doesn’t really fit his persona in this tale. In the original Pan was a good guy, here Pan is far from good. And he’s not adventurous and fun-loving, he’s power hungry.
But as the story progresses you see that something slowly builds between Remy and Nick. Though I can’t say for certain what that is. Could just be a captain and crew bond, or it could be more than that. But what Remy does in the end makes me think it’s so much more because she makes a sacrifice that most wouldn’t do for someone they consider to be their boss.
And I’ll say I’m not satisfied with how it ended. I wanted it to end with Remy running into the arms of Nick and kissing him, but that doesn’t happen. I wanted them to confess a love for one another and sail away in the end to find Pan and end his reign of terror.
But there’s still more to the trilogy so it could still happen and I have hope that Remy and Nick will have their happily Neverland after.