book review of Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
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Wayward Son – Rainbow Rowell

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…Come on, Simon Snow. Your hero’s journey might be over – but your life has just begun.

I loved every second of Carry On, just as I loved every second of Fangirl and Eleanor and Park. So I expected to love every minute of this too.

However, I wasn’t as enamoured with it as I was Carry On. Simon doesn’t suit the non-hero status he has in this book and he wasn’t a favourite character of mine at all in this book. Baz redeemed the book for me though, and I’m glad there was a mixed perspective.

This is kind of a coming of age tale of the characters. They’ve finished school and are in university. Simon has issues, major issues that need sorting out. The trip to America is Penelope’s idea of sorting them but she had other ideas for the trip. The book was a slow starter for me because I didn’t really like the slump that the characters had found themselves in. Once they were at the Renaissance Festival thought things started getting more interesting and that’s when I started getting into the book more.

For all his annoyances I loved the introduction of Shepard into the book, especially after I read the last bit of the book. And by the end of this book I was excited to see that it’s been kept wide open for another. The action picked up towards the end of the book and it felt much more like the action we saw in Carry On and I ended up binging the last 100 pages in a night.

Wayward Son was probably needed in terms of character development and it was interesting to see the world of mages from a different perspective but I did miss the charms of Watford. I am looking forward to being there in the 3rd book for sure!

Wayward Son was published by Pan MacMillan in October 2019. My copy was purchased from my local Waterstones store.

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