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Publisher's Summary

Wayward Son, the sequel to Carry On, is the stunning YA novel by the best-selling author of Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell. With all of her signature wit and heart, this is Rainbow at her absolute best.

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. 

Come on, Simon Snow. Your hero’s journey might be over - but your life has just begun.

©2019 Rainbow Rowell (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Euan Morton brings his exceptional narration skills to Rowell's highly anticipated sequel. After defeating the Insidious Humdrum, Simon Snow, unsure what to do with his new life, falls into depression. At the urging of best friend Penelope and boyfriend Baz, the trio embark on a trip to America, driving across the West to 'rescue' their friend Agatha from her self-imposed isolation in the world of Normals. Morton brings distinct voices and emotions to every character — from posh vampire Baz's deep frustration to fast-talking wizard Penelope's snappy repartee, from de-magicked and be-winged Simon's formless longing to a whole bevy of American wizards, vampires, and Native-inspired creatures. Listeners will be hard-pressed to believe they aren't listening to a full-cast production." (H.C. - Audiofile)

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exceptional and an adventurous epic . Loved it .

I enjoyed it till the very end. The characters are well described. Felt very magical

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  • Tracey McCarney
  • 24-10-20

Another great book by Rainbow Rowell

And my first Audible listen (because I knew I’d never get the physical book quickly enough). A great continuation and I’m really happy with the job the narrator has done. I’d recommend you read Fangirl and Carry On first. Amazing!!

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  • Mrs. Ann Cleeves
  • 23-02-20

SO GOOD!!!

I LOVED IT! I actually avoided the last chapter for a few days because I didn't want to accept that it's over, but now I've heard the ending and (spoiler alert) IT'S NOT OVER!!! (P.S. Baz is THE MOST precious darling and I love him with my entire soul.)

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  • danielle
  • 14-01-20

Loved it!!

That ending, Rainbow Rowell how could you!! Still loved this and I cannot wait for the next one.

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  • Rachel Thorpe
  • 13-01-20

best book everrr

such a great book, would advise it to anyone who likes reading, even if they don't, it's such an incredible book!!!

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  • FENARETI
  • 09-10-19

Quit dissapointed

This didnt feel like a complete book. It has a beginning middle and end. But it feels like the part 1 of a two part film. I hated the whole thing between Baz and Simon and them not being honest with each other. I will read the 3rd book, but I'm less excited about the series. It is well written but the plot isnt strong enough.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-10-20

Wonderful

Absolutely love this book!!! And Euan Morton did an amazing job I love the voices!!