In this absorbing contemporary fantasy, a gay Scottish teen finds a refuge from his everyday life in Everland, a magical realm that draws visitors from all over the world, opening at 11:21 p.m. each Thursday. Here, Brody can escape tormenting bullies, his father’s agoraphobia, and his family’s financial issues, and follow his dreams to be a musician. But strange developments in Everland threaten both his happiness and his increasing connection to a new friend, handsome and artistic Nico. Caught between the real world and the fantasy, Brody may lose everything he cares for. Cameron (Out of the Blue) paints a compelling picture of a fantasy world that acts as both playground and haven. The true strength of the story, though, lies in the diverse cast of relatable characters, including Kasia, an acerbic lesbian; hijabi Zahra, an avid cosplayer; and Jett and Jett, a music-savvy, pansexual guitarist who uses a wheelchair. Brody’s need to escape the mounting pressures of the real world contrasts nicely with Everland’s myriad temptations, such as a stage where he can perform with a band, setting the scene for tough choices and emotional breakthroughs. Portal fantasies have a long and rich history, and this is a worthy addition to the genre. Ages 14–up. Agent: Hellie Ogden, Janklow & Nesbit UK. (June)
Reviewed on : 06/05/2019 Release date: 05/14/2019 Genre: Children's
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