The adventure continues as Simon, Baz, and Penelope leave England behind and travel to an immense and mysterious place – America! Still recovering from the dramatic conclusion of their last year at the magical school of Watford brought, and concerned that their friend Agatha has run into trouble across the pond, the gang hops on a plane in hopes of sorting things out. They soon come to find out that America is nothing like England – vampires, suspicious secret organizations, and more awaits on the cross-country journey they must make in order to help their friend in need.
Can I just say – *SCREAMS*!
After I finished Carry On, the prequel to Wayward Son, I thought that the story of Simon Snow had kind of wrapped up, and while (obviously) I would have loved for narrative to continue, I thought that that was it for the world of Mages. So when I heard that Wayward Son would continue the story I was, to put it mildly, ecstatic! And it did not disappoint. The characters are just as strange and complicated as the first book, and even more so now that their relationships and dynamics (*cough* Simon and Baz *cough*) have developed since we were first introduced to them.
Rainbow Rowell’s writing is just as light and fresh as it was in Carry On, bringing a delightfully charming air to the story. That isn’t to say that the book doesn’t have it’s serious and dramatic moments- it does (I am not ashamed to say that I cried multiple times), but the darker aspects never overpower the light parts that come from the bonds the characters share with one another, that are at the core of the story.
At times in the book I found the introduction of certain new characters a bit confusing and unnecessary – Wayward Son is a pretty quick read, but there were quite a few new faces packed into it. However, it was not such an issue that I ever needed to put the book down. To tell the truth, I don’t know if I ever did put the book down (and I have the chocolate smears and coffee stains to prove it)!
I write this review having only flipped to the last page of Wayward Son an hour ago, and I’m still reeling from the ending. When you get to the end of the book (and you should get to the end, because I’m going to recommend it in a few sentences) you’ll see what I mean.
Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell gets four stars from me. The only reason that I won’t hand it the fifth star is because Carry On did such a wonderful job at introducing new characters and a new world, and I find it very hard for a sequel to live up to such a fantastic prequel (it does come very close though). I would highly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the Harry Potter series, or who loves a good magical cross-country road-trip that entails countless run-ins with danger and, more importantly, with adventure.