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Wayward Son: Simon Snow Trilogy, Book 2

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Road trip takes a dark turn in riveting fantasy sequel.

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This fantasy sequel is sure to surprise and delight fans who've waited patiently since the first installment for Simon's "happily ever after" to begin. They'll have to wait a little bit longer, though, because in Wayward Son, no one's happy with their situation after the events of Carry On. Just as she has so ably created relatable characters and captured the chaos and romance of first love, here author Rainbow Rowell captures the ongoing devastation when things don't turn out the way you wanted or hoped they would. Simon, Baz, and Penelope are such well-developed characters by now that the Harry Potter parallels fade even further into the background. Yet she keeps the pages turning by throwing one surprise after another, and plenty of danger, too, at the heroes. Fans will also find endearing the way the trio mostly flounders and blunders their way out of sticky situations while keeping and strengthening their bonds of friendship, love, and loyalty.

Colorful, mysterious new characters add intrigue as we watch old friends try to figure out motives and whom to trust. The cliffhanger ending absolutely demands a third installment.

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