THE HOTLY ANTICIPATED SEQUEL
TO THE NO. 1 BESTSELLER CARRY ON
Simon Snow is back and he's coming to America!
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.
After the triumphant conclusion of Carry On, hero Simon Snow had earned some reward, or at least a little happiness. Instead, as this sequel opens, readers learn that Simon has sunk into a deep post-heroics funk. Roommates and fellow magicians Penny and Baz (well, mostly Penny) decide that Simon needs a radical change. A hastily and haphazardly arranged trip takes them from England to Chicago, where they rent a classic Mustang to head west Penny presciently senses that former classmate Agatha has found trouble in California. Trouble, in fact, abounds, and the magicians face off against a variety of foes, including Ren Faire-visiting vampires and a shotgun-wielding polecat, while finding that their idiom-based magic works differently in America. Rowell's dry wit is on full display as the first-person narrative moves between the characters, and plentiful awkward relationships including the fraught romance between Simon and Baz add tension. Though this second volume lacks the first's tighter plotline, it's a big-hearted look at early adulthood, exploration, and self-renewal that will certainly draw fans. Ages 14 up.
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I love this book so much even though it’s not what I was expecting. It was adventurous to join Simon, Baz and Penny on this road trip.
I really felt the emotions that Simon was going through especially after how Carry On ended. I can totally understand PTSD.
What can I say about Baz... HE’S THE BEST!!! And OMG!! His fashion sense is so FANTABULOUS!!
Penny will always be my girl!!! She’s brave and yes a little heartbroken but I am secretly hoping that Penny & Shepard will end up together.
I especially fell in love with Shepard! Gosh he is a great addition to the group and I can’t wait to read more about him in the 3rd book.
Agatha really took me by surprise and I love her for it.
Even though this is a Fantasy novel, you can relate to all the characters in this story because the are very realistic.
Rainbow Rowell has done it again! She has created an amazing adventure for all of us!!! Xoxo
Bro I’m waiting for the 3rd one
This is a really fun book. And if you loved Carry On, you’ll love this one.
That said, Rowell seriously needs some gay male beta readers. Because I can buy magicians, I can buy merwolfs, vampires and dragons, but two post pubescent boys who are into each other dating for over a year and not having naked fun time? Yeah, no. I don’t need to see it or hear it, but if the only time their sex lives come up is to say they ain’t getting any, you need to stop writing boy characters with female hookups about hooking up.
Love the books, love the characters, but the author who is making a killing writing about two gay male characters needs to do her research.