On my way to a journalism conference a few years back, one of my traveling companions was reading The Child Thief by Brom, and I thought it was kind of cool with the illustrations included in the novel. That is where the coolness ended.
This is my second attempt at reading this novel involving the Peter Pan legend and a magical faerieland. However, I could not finish it, nor could I get into it because of the violence associated with it. Third time may be the charm, but in this case I don’t think so.
Brom’s version is about a 14-year-old boy named Nick who would have been murdered by drug dealers unless Peter had not come to his rescue. Nick accompanies Peter to a ravished island where he must learn to fight or die as he struggles with the “Devils” a tribe of savage and lost children.
For me, the book was filled with darkness, which should come with a parental warning since the book is filled with depictions of rape, child molestation, murder, torture and several instances of the F-word, which I am quick to condemn this book. There are far better and more caliber worthy books to read than The Child Thief, which will only steal your time.
For more information regarding the author, please visit his website at www.bromart.com.
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