Wayward Son

Wayward Son

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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Wednesday Books, 2019.
Edition: First U.S. Edition.
ISBN: 9781250146076
1250146070
Branch Call Number: ROW Y
Characteristics: 356 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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The_Zookeeper
Jun 18, 2020

What do you do after you aren't the chosen one anymore? Road trip across America of course. I love this sequel. It has it's typical problems, being the second book in a trilogy by trying to flesh out characters that we already love and introduce new ones that make us want to root for them. I love Simon and Baz and I really can't wait for the third and final book in the series. Especially with all of the magical mishaps that they and Penny get into in this book. I can only imagine what Penny's mom is going to do to them.

My HEART. This book was sunshine and angst. I adored it with every fibre of my being.

Simon Snow has won. Technically. He vanquished the evil at Watford, defeated the Humdrum, and managed to secure the boy he loves as his own. Kind of. But there's no such thing as endings, and without his magic, Simon is a Normal - with a tail and wings. And Simon is finding out just how hard life is when you're no longer Chosen. When Penelope proposes a road trip across America, Baz wonders if Simon will extricate himself from the couch for long enough to consider it, but soon, the trio are off, with gods-only-know what adventures awaiting them on American soil.

It's been so long since I read Carry On. Over 4 years in fact. And that, my friends, is enough time to forget every detail of a novel, but not the feelings it evoked. That was the case here - I needed a recap (majorly) but as soon as I reacquainted myself with the events of book one, I immediately remembered the emotions I had reading it. The love I had for Baz and Penny, how I disliked Agatha, how Simon was just the sweetest little cinnamon roll and I simultaneously wanted to hug him and give him a stern talking to.

This time, I just adored everyone.

Maybe it's the years in between for me, maybe it's the book itself and the events that take place, but the entire time I was reading, all I could think about was how wonderful these characters are. How relatable they've become. I love that Rainbow has decided to follow them into their twenties and give us a glimpse of what life is like post-Chosen-One-status. This is fantasy, yes, but it's so grounded in reality and so full of heart that it reads like contemporary.

Speaking of which, the fantasy world here is so simple, yet so fun and interesting. The spells can be hilarious, and I love the way the characters have to adopt the colloquialisms of the place in order for their magic to work. It's so creative and cool, and it makes the whole thing feel like it could be real. It's still somewhat silly and light, like in book one, but I think the shift of focus to a more character-driven story instead of the more intense mystery in Carry On fits with the world better. It certainly resonated better with me.

This was such a fast read, but so emotionally resonant for me. I related to each of the characters in different ways. I love the way the POV's switch from character to character, and the addition of Shepard and the new dynamic amongst the group. I felt like, even with the short page count, I got to know each of these characters infinitely better, and that's why I've come out of it wanting to squish every one of their faces and give them all the biggest group hug ever.

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Desire Deschenes
Mar 25, 2020

Raging dumpster fire compared to the first one, not gonna lie to you.
The only reason it gets 1 star is for the fun idea and somewhat good plot. Other than that, the conclusion and entire tone of the book sucked. Can't believe I have to say this, as I had so much faith in her before: when you make a sequel, it is so incredibly common, boring, and kinda homophobic to break up the lgbtq+ couple for the whole plot without any resolution so you can make money off of a third book! Let me say it louder for the people in the back: everyone always portraying LGBTQ+ couples as uncommunicative or toxic is not only incredibly overdone, BUT IT IS TOXIC IN ITSELF TO NEVER PORTRAY A HAPPY, NORMAL QUEER COUPLE THAT CAN HAVE OTHER ISSUES THAN THOSE IN THEIR RELATIONSHIP.
thanks for coming to my TedTalk

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Boi_dunn
Feb 07, 2020

God I love it! Great sequel, can confirm that if you are a huge fan of the first book, you might cry within the first like seven pages. (Its all uphill from there I swear,) I would go ahead and write a list of everything I love about the book, that that would take forever and probably include too many spoilers. *Carry on* :) lol

JessicaGma Jan 30, 2020

Is book three going to be called "don't you cry no more"? "Kansas"? Ha, anyway, a delightful return to a Potter-like universe, but sort of not really, and the ongoing adventures of a bespelled Simon Snow, his magician vampire boyfriend, Baz, and Penelope, other friend and magician. A road trip in the US sounds like just the thing for our friends, but of course, mayhem ensues. Rowell perfectly captured the awkwardness of a couple who needs to talk, but keeps avoiding it. I cannot wait for more!

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fantasyqueen
Jan 13, 2020

Great story! but be sure to read Carry On first or Wayward Son won't make a lick of sense

Chapel_Hill_SarahW Jan 09, 2020

Loved this fast paced follow up to Carry On because it quickly gets us back up to speed with the characters, and into the next adventure. Great characters, lots of emotion, super fun.

VaughanPLAlison Nov 25, 2019

That was quite the ride, and I'm not just saying that because it was a book centered on a road trip. A lot of ups and downs and a lot of action and learning about magic in America and some great new characters. A great follow up and an interesting reflection on what happens after you save the day and you're no longer the hero. Only major complaint was *slight spoiler* that the ending was a cliff hanger and had next to no closure at all. There is another book coming out, but still! Let's wrap up this story. Other than that, much love! And Baz is the best!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Nov 18, 2019

The much anticipated sequel to Carry On, Wayward Son was an enjoyable, if not thoroughly satisfying, read. This book held the same magic as the first one, offering new locations and creatures for Simon, the main character, to encounter. The plot building was captivating and kept me turning the pages, in search of more. My only problem with this story was the lack of development for Simon. As the other characters grew and learned from their problems, Simon stayed fairly static throughout the course of the novel. While his bad attitude makes sense, it would have been nice to see some progress made by the end of the book. While this aspect of the story frustrated me, there is one more book left in the series which I hope will tie off all the ends nicely. Saying that, this book definitely does not stand alone as strongly as the first novel. Despite my judgements, I did like this book and I cannot wait for the next one to come out. I would recommend that fans of Carry On wait for the final book to come out so they can read Wayward Son and the conclusion of the series in one go. 3.5/5
@nickreads of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

For many series, the first book is best and the second is boring, this is definitely not the case for Wayward Son (sequel to Carry On). Just like the first book, I found this story super exciting and fast paced, the characters are all evolving and becoming even more interesting and in-depth. The plot of this story is so creative and interesting and unlike an story I’ve read before. The whole story consists of exciting conflicts and fights, and the whole book is an exciting adventure. Rainbow Rowell is such an amazing and talented author, and this book is easily another one of my favourites. 10/10 stars
- @Bookworm123 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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navy_cat_976
Nov 15, 2019

Well, it’s not quite as good as Cary On- but then again, what could be? Definitely worth the read though.

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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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