Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell – A Book Review

With the Coronavirus continuing its world tour, a road trip is the last thing you want to embark on. Lucky for you, my dear reader, Wayward Son incorporates an exciting (and very dangerous) road trip across the US to visit an old friend! It’s also perfect for your pride reading list if you are looking to add any last minute reads for the month of June.

This book is absolutely adorable, and I can’t wait to dig deeper into what I loved about this second novel in the Simon Snow series.

Warning: The rest of this review may contain spoilers…

Here is a little bit about the book:

Cover illustration by Kevin Wada

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.

The main things I would like to cover about this book is three things: The relationship between Simon and Baz, the insane vampire cult, and the slightly annoying ending that made me throw the book down in frustration (don’t worry, this wasn’t a negative reaction, I promise).

A Crumbling Relationship

Throughout the entire novel, Baz and Simon struggle to grasp where they are at in their relationship and if it is going to end. The action continuously pulls them back to each other, but it leaves them wondering why they are unable to remain that passionate for each other when they aren’t fighting for their lives.

This inner turmoil they both face was interesting to read and is one of my favorite parts of this novel. It explores what happens after the “happily ever after” moment that occurs at the end of the first novel. This conflict between the two is never resolved, so I hope that this remains a major part of the third novel.

Oh, by the way, there’s a vampire cult

Agatha, Simon’s ex-girlfriend, finds herself on a retreat that is being run by a group of vampires that are looking to acquire the abilities that the magicians hold. This adds yet another layer to the action and I enjoyed theorizing about this mysterious cult, which goes by the name of NowNext. With the way this book ends (which I will get to in a minute), I wonder if these vampires will continue to pose a threat to Simon and his crew of mages. Despite NowNext’s apparent defeat at the end, there could still be some villains leftover to wreak more havoc.

The ending tore my heart out

Now nothing insanely dramatic happened at the end (I won’t spoil that for you, don’t worry), but it felt so abrupt that I couldn’t help but drop the book wonder what I just spent so much time reading. It wasn’t a deal breaker for me, but it still hurt when I realized just how long I would have to wait for the story to continue.

As an avid reader for most of my life, endings like these are not new, and yet they never fail to make me cry out in frustration. Mild spoiler: It’s a very cliche cliffhanger and I’m not a patient person, so that is why it hurts me.

Here is my rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Lily and I will be impatiently waiting for Anywhere The Wind Blows….

2 thoughts on “Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell – A Book Review

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