Wayward Son

Wayward Son

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The story is supposed to be over. Simon Snow did everything he was supposed to do. He beat the villain. He won the war. He even fell in love. Now comes the good part, right? Now comes the happily ever after... What he needs, according to his best friend, is a change of scenery. He just needs to see himself in a new light. That's how Simon and Penny and Baz end up in a vintage convertible, tearing across the American West. They find trouble, of course. (Dragons, vampires, skunk-headed things with shotguns.) And they get lost. They get so lost, they start to wonder whether they ever knew where they were headed in the first place.
Publisher: New York :, Wednesday Books,, 2019
Edition: First U.S. Edition
ISBN: 9781250146076
Branch Call Number: YAFICTION Rowell
Characteristics: 356 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Nov 10, 2019

Loved this book so much. Not quite as much as the first one but it's super hard to compete with Carry On. The only things I didn't really like were the ending which felt super rushed and the lack of relationship development/character growth.

Oct 26, 2019

I was honestly expecting this to be a 5-star read, so while I did really like this, I am the slightest bit disappointed at the same time. I think this book started off on the right foot, focusing on character relationships and growth. It's such an interesting idea to show what happens to the chosen one after the final battle. I wish we had stayed on that course, keeping it an almost-contemporary novel but with little fantasy elements, obviously, as we are dealing with wizards, vampires, etc. I think when we got into the major plot of this book is where it lost its charm. The character development was mostly thrown to the wayside, and everyone's relationships went on pause. There were so many strong moments at the beginning, specifically Penny's talk with her boyfriend, and I wanted more of those moments, but this turned back into a fantasy/adventure where I wanted it to stay a road-trip/contemporary at its core. I also didn't care for the addition of the new companion; he didn't really do anything for me.
I am excited for the release of the finale next year, and I'm glad Rowell isn't going to leave us hanging like that.

AshleyF2008 Oct 12, 2019

Because this is a Rainbow Rowell book, of course I loved it. Technically, though....it wasn't completely necessary. Carry On was perfect. Wayward Son feels more like a novella and it isn't memorable for me in it's own right. But still, worth a read and Baz and Simon are still lovely.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Oct 06, 2019

Is this book quiiiiiiiite as delightful as Carry On, which is basically a perfect book? No. Is it the next best thing? Absolutely yes. Simon, Baz, and Penny head to America, go on a road trip, nearly get murdered by vampires -- all as you would expect, in other words. This was such a fun read, and it was so wonderful to be back inside this fictional universe once more. I like to call these books "fantasy for realistic fiction fans", since the relationships are just as important as the magic, and I wish Rainbow Rowell would write 5,000 more of these books (the good news is, there's going to be at least one more!).

JCLBeckyC Sep 24, 2019

#SnowBaz is back, only this time in America! This is a fantastic sequel to the amazing fantasy/romance novel Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell, which itself began as a type of fanfic homage to her novel, Fangirl. Slightly less romantic and more action-packed than Carry On, this story is a bit of a Neil Gaiman's American Gods-lite. But it's only lite because it's shorter and faster paced. It still magnificently weaves together myth and magic and our modern world. Highly recommended.


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JCLBeckyC Sep 27, 2019

“The goal isn’t to sing well. Just to sing together. Our ancestors cast in choirs...Harmony is power.” --Baz to Penelope


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