Title: Wayward Son
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Series: Simon Snow #2
My Rating: 4.25*
Quote: When someone shows you who they are, believe them.
This book is the sequel to Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, so the first part of this review will be unspoilery for Wayward Son but spoil Carry On.
So stop reading if you have not read Carry On/ don’t want it spoiled!
What is life like after the hero saves the day? Wayward Son tells the story of Simon Snow and crew after the humdrum was defeated and life returned (mostly) to normal. After his battle in Carry On, Simon was left with a tail, dragon wings, and no magic (having been sucked dry). Now, he feels useless/ upset because he is no longer a mage, nor is he a normal human who can live in public without his tail being stepped on. Baz and Penny have been trying to support Simon for the past few months, but with little success.
But, when Penny plans a trip to America, Simon gets an excitement for life that he hadn’t felt since the good old days. Wayward Son is a book about Simon, Baz, and Penny’s journey across America and all the troubles that they face along the way. When their fun road trip uncovers a dangerous plot that could destroy the universe of mages, Simon, Baz and Penny must put their vacation on hold and save the world (again).
As someone who lives in the US, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about our British characters experiences on their road trip across the states! There were so many funny lines, and the beginning of the book was so amusing and sweet. I loved the lines about how big the US is and how everything can look the same and different simultaneously.
I hope you enjoy this book! Stop reading if you don’t want to be spoiled!
The second half of the book definitely got more intense, and I really enjoyed the whole vampire vs. vampire plot. It was interesting and much different than what I expected! I kept stressing out about Simon and Baz’s relationship, and it was sad to watch Baz learn about vampires and long to fit in. His life is incredibly unfair, and I felt extreme sympathy for him and his situation. On the other hand, I just wanted to slap him and tell him to go tell Simon he loves him and figure it out together. I’m really annoyed that we didn’t get that conversation in this book- there was not nearly enough conversation between Baz and Simon, but I did appreciate what we got.
This book introduced Shepard, a non-magic character who is cursed and obsessed with magic. He was such a strange addition to our team, but he grew on me during the book. I’m interested to see how his character develops in the next book- particularly how it intertwines with Penny.
Some of my favorite parts was when the characters realized how long it would take to drive from Chicago to Las Vegas, and when Baz taught Simon how to drive (so cute!!!). Also, Simon was so genuinely excited about the road trip across the US that I couldn’t help loving those scenes (especially when told from Baz’s amusing point of view!). I felt horrible for Penny when she showed up at her Ex’s house, but I loved the different side to her personality that we got to see. I also appreciated how much Penny and Baz’s relationship grew throughout this book!
The ending was incredibly intense, and I’m surprised that our characters were able to get out of the mess as well as they did! Baz and Simon are lucky they have Penny to heal them!
Well there are some of my thoughts! Have you read this book? What did you think? Let me know!