Lost in the Never Woods

Aiden Thomas

fiction fantasy young adult
dark emotional mysterious slow-paced

384 pages | first published 2021

When children go missing, people want answers. When children go missing in the small coastal town of Astoria, people look to Wendy for answers.

It's been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing in the woods, but when the town’s children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers’ mysterious circumstances are brought back into light. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road, and gets pulled into the mystery haunting the town.

Peter, a boy she thought lived only in her stories, claims that if they don't do something, the missing children will meet the same fate as her brothers. In order to find them and rescue the missing kids, Wendy must confront what's waiting for her in the woods.

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dark 93%
emotional 87%
mysterious 62%
sad 62%
adventurous 56%
tense 56%
hopeful 25%
funny 18%
challenging 6%
lighthearted 6%
reflective 6%


medium 62%
slow 37%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 50% | Plot: 33% | Character: 16%

Strong character development?

Yes: 73% | It's complicated: 26%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 91% | It's complicated: 8%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 84% | It's complicated: 7% | Yes: 7%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 69% | It's complicated: 30%

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