Wayward Son

Wayward Son

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"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
Characteristics: 356 pages ; 22 cm
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250146076 (hardcover)
1250146070 (hardcover)
9781250258021 (International, sold outside the U.S., subject to rights availability)
1250258022 (International, sold outside the U.S., subject to rights availability)


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JeffcoTeens Feb 09, 2020

Simon, Penny and Baz end up in a convertible headed across the West. They get lost....very very lost and wonder why or where they started out. This is a great read for whomever wondered what happened to the Chosen One after he saved the day.

In this sequel to Carry On, Simon Snow and his best friend are seeking a change of scenery so they take to the open road in a vintage convertible. Of course, it's not all easy sailing for the two as they find trouble wherever they go. Not to mention, they get lost. Like, really lost.

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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!

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!

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

Nov 15, 2019

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

Nov 10, 2019

Loved this book so much. Not quite as much as the first one but it's super hard to compete with Carry On. The only things I didn't really like were the ending which felt super rushed and the lack of relationship development/character growth.

Oct 26, 2019

I was honestly expecting this to be a 5-star read, so while I did really like this, I am the slightest bit disappointed at the same time. I think this book started off on the right foot, focusing on character relationships and growth. It's such an interesting idea to show what happens to the chosen one after the final battle. I wish we had stayed on that course, keeping it an almost-contemporary novel but with little fantasy elements, obviously, as we are dealing with wizards, vampires, etc. I think when we got into the major plot of this book is where it lost its charm. The character development was mostly thrown to the wayside, and everyone's relationships went on pause. There were so many strong moments at the beginning, specifically Penny's talk with her boyfriend, and I wanted more of those moments, but this turned back into a fantasy/adventure where I wanted it to stay a road-trip/contemporary at its core. I also didn't care for the addition of the new companion; he didn't really do anything for me.
I am excited for the release of the finale next year, and I'm glad Rowell isn't going to leave us hanging like that.

AshleyF2008 Oct 12, 2019

Because this is a Rainbow Rowell book, of course I loved it. Technically, though....it wasn't completely necessary. Carry On was perfect. Wayward Son feels more like a novella and it isn't memorable for me in it's own right. But still, worth a read and Baz and Simon are still lovely.

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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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