Book Review: The Child Thief

Brom - The Child Thief

Title: The Child Thief
Author: Brom
Published By: EOS (HarperCollins Publishers)
Publish Date: 2009
ISBN: 978-0-06-167133-3
Length: 481
Purchase From: Amazon @ $17.81

The Story:

The Child Thief by Brom is a retelling of Peter Pan. In this version of the tale, things are far more dark and sinister than what you may remember from Disney. The Child Thief opens by following a young boy named Nick. This boy is running away from a drug dealer who has taken up residence in his grandmothers apartment building.

After telling his mother about the problems the drug dealer is bringing to the home, Nick is confronted and is burned across his forearm for being a snitch. Trying to get back at the drug dealer, Marco, Nick steals several thousand dollars worth or drugs and tries to get away.

Nick is discovered in a park while trying to make his way to the New York Subway. After being knocked down and held in the park for Marco to arrive, a golden eyed boy, Peter, springs out and comes to the rescue of Nick. After a quick show of violence, the boys leave the park and let loose on the streets.

Before long, Nick is taken to the mist and brought through to the world Peter is protecting. This world is not Neverland, but Avalon. In Avalon, Peter is raising an army of children to fight the flesh eaters and their captain. All of the children here have been collected by Peter and were in some sort of trouble. Because of the circumstances in which these children were saved, Peter is viewed as some sort of Messiah.

A land that we all think of as filled with fun and games, is told as one filled with violence and death. The boys train to become killers and hunt the flesh eaters, which are trying to eradicate the land of the devil children so that they can escape the mist that has trapped them there.

My Thoughts:

I’ve got to be honest, when I first heard that this book was a retelling of Peter Pan, I was a bit skeptical. After heading over to amazon and reading the premise, I was really eager to give it a read. What I found was a version of Peter Pan that was so gritty that I couldn’t put the book down.

Practically all of the characters in this story are gray (not black or white as in ultimately good or evil). Everyone is fighting for what they believe is right, meanwhile this entire war that looms on in the book is nothing more than a catastrophic misunderstanding and overreaction. By the end of the story you get to see the best and the worst of the substantial characters.

I thought that this was a fantastic story which is definitely worth a re-read in the future. While this may be a story of Peter Pan, it is not meant for children. Both extreme violence and foul language take place in this book, which is why it is probably best suited for a mature reader.


Hi There, My name is Walt White and as the name of this blog suggests, I am a Pennsylvania resident. In addition to having numerous hobbies that I discuss on my blog - I’m also the father of three little girls and a pitbull.

4 thoughts on “Book Review: The Child Thief

  1. Sounds like a really good book! DO they do anything with Hook or is it totally void of him? Maybe that was the Captain you showed a picture of?


    Hows the puppy doin? we havent had an update

    Still hate the comments thing too – I hate having to leave the page to do comments – I say take a poll and see if I am the only one =)

    1. Mike,
      The picture I showed in the video is Captain Hook, minus the hook. I’m not sure if the original telling of peter Pan included a captain with a hook for a hand or if it was added along the way.

      Puppy is the same. Full of energy and loves to play. I’ve actually got a post written about him coming up at some point. Maybe I’ll shuffle the post order so that it comes out sooner rather than later.

      I love the comment feature and don’t have any desire to change it back to the default wordpress comment style. If the comments are suffering because of it, I guess I’ll have to get over it and revert back. Going to give it some more time, lets hope the lack of comments is coincidental, lol

      Thanks for the comment

      This same comment system was going to be applied to Stogie Review but we decieded against it due to it interrupting a playing video. Guess it was a good thing we changed our minds.

  2. Hi Walt, nice job with the review again. Think I would really enjoy that book. For what it’s worth I don’t think the comments thing is a problem. It only takes a second and you’re there. If I am allowed to make a suggestion while I am here? I used to really enjoy the first impression cigar reviews. Any plan to do more? Thanks again and take care.

    1. I was actually just thinking about doing another one of those First Impressions reviews just the other day. I think I may need to work them in from time to time to offset the Book Reviews. Things have been a little hectic as of late and I don’t think I’m going to have a book review for the week after next.

      So maybe I’ll bounce back and forth from books to cigars until I get caught up, then plan on making the cigars a staple item.

      Thanks for the comment.

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