REVIEW: The Neverending Story

BOOK: The Neverending Storytumblr_np4wap4G771r06e19o1_400
AUTHOR: Michael Ende
PAGES: 396
MY RATING: ★ ★ (2/5)

This epic work of the imagination has captured the hearts of millions of readers worldwide since it was first published more than a decade ago. Its special story within a story is an irresistible invitation for readers to become part of the book itself. And now this modern classic and bibliophile’s dream is available in hardcover again.

The story begins with a lonely boy named Bastian and the strange book that draws him into the beautiful but doomed world of Fantastica. Only a human can save this enchanted place – by giving its ruler, the Childlike Empress, a new name. But the journey to her tower leads through lands of dragons, giants, monsters, and magic – and once Bastian begins his quest, he may never return. As he is drawn deeper into Fantastica, he must find the mysteries of his own heart.

Readers, too, can travel to the wonderous, unforgettable world of Fantastica if they will just turn the page…


I wanted to like this book so badly. The first half was great, and maybe that’s a biased opinion because I grew up with the movie, so it was great to read the book and expand on the details of the story I loved as a kid. And the ending was pretty strong. There was lots of good imagery and strong moral symbolism towards the end especially. But the middle was so dull that I put the book down for several weeks before I picked it back up again.

Overall, not the worst, but I don’t think it would be one I’d go back to read.


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