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…
So why can’t Simon Snow get off the couch?
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…
With Wayward Son, Rainbow Rowell has written a book for everyone who ever wondered what happened to the Chosen One after he saved the day. And a book for everyone who was ever more curious about the second kiss than the first. It’s another helping of sour cherry scones with an absolutely decadent amount of butter.
Come on, Simon Snow. Your hero’s journey might be over – but your life has just begun.
This is a hard book to review because while I like it a lot, I’m not sure many readers of Carry On will. Don’t get me wrong it is a very good book, but also a very different type of book from Carry On. Which I think is appropriate.
Simon, Penelope, Agatha, and Baz have all grown up and left school. They are adults now floundering around, Simon unsure of his purpose, Baz and Penelope unsure of how to help him. I think as a book about transitioning to adulthood from foolish childhood existence this book nails it on the head.
It’s this nature that makes this book both exciting and disappointing, it isn’t the epic journey we saw in Carry On. There is a lot less mystery in this book but so much more growth. I think surprisingly enough I enjoyed Agatha’s chapters the most and she definitely had the best growth in the book.
Overall I am pretty sure this isn’t the sequel any of us were expecting, our characters are all depressed and everything sort of sucks. But it is a worthy and insightful sequel where everyone ends more confused than they started and no one finds any answers. You know much like being 20 something.
I Give Wayward Son 4 out of 5 stars.
Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell will be published in NZ and Australia on 9th October 2019 by Pan MacMillian. You can purchase your own copy at Mighty Ape, Whitcoulls, Booktopia, or wherever you like to purchase books.
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