Note: This is a Pen Name Publishing book, but my review is in no way biased. I bought this book myself and read it because I wanted to— it had actually been on my TBR before I started working for Pen Name Publishing.
This book is marvellous! Move over, Lewis Carroll, Tim Burton, and just about everyone else who tried to find Alice’s muchness– the only people who know how to write a brilliant Alice are A.G Howard and J.M. Sullivan.
A.G. Howard was the first person to really sell my soul to the classic tale, with her Splintered Series (I wasn’t that fond of the original story). But J.M Sullivan has spun wonders in my mind, and now they both top the list, for entirely different reasons. While Splintered is magical mayhem, Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles is dark, gritty, and action packed, with bites of humour and a plot that will have you on the edge of your seat!
Alice in Wonderland meets zombies— When Alice’s sister contracts the momerath virus, she must venture outside the safety of the sector, and into Wanderland, to find a cure.
What I Liked:
- The parallels between the original story and this one. I loved how the doctor was named Dr. Waite. R. Abbot, how the potion had drink me on it, how Alice’s sister was named after her cat from the original story (Dinah!), and I especially loved the twisted concept of the Queen’s chokers around the carriers— off with their heads!
- NAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATE!!!!! Omg I’m in love, he’s sooo nice!
- The Hatta!! Though to be fair, he scared me a little bit, but he was wonderfully mad!
- The writing is so good! So descriptive and flows so well! A+
What I Disliked:
- I was a little disappointed that we got 50% into the book and still didn’t know a whole lot about Chess. From the perspective of a reader, it made it feel like he was a conveniently placed hero showing up all the time. (Though I know that was his whole gig, and it was very Cheshire Cat–like of him to vanish like that)
- I felt like the beginning, although super well written, took a little while for me to get into. Mainly because there was a whole lot of zombie slaying action going on (which is totally fine—it’s just something that disengages me personally, as a reader.) The plotline is great and I would hate for anyone to stop reading this book if they felt turned off by the action, because they would be missing out.
- I kind of figured out where the cure was just before the halfway point of the book, so it wasn’t a huge reveal. But, in saying that, the end was a total plot twist! (Plus, I’m glad the cure was where it was— it’s fitting)
Alice: Alice is a really cool, strong protagonist. I see so many parallels to the original character, yet it fits this world so perfectly:
“Maybe I’m the crazy one,” Alice whispered as she hurried after the doctor.
“They are the hunters and they are stronger than us. They are predators. We’re the prey.” -Bug
“Then why don’t we just stop being the prey?” – Alice
Dinah: Oh my gosh, DINAH!! What have you doooone????? Dinah was a ‘lil cutie.
Lewis: I know we got probably 0.5 seconds of Lewis time, but he was so adorable!!!
Chess: Mysterious and annoying at times. There were moments I actually wanted to punch him. I liked him better towards the end.
“Seriously?” She couldn’t believe Chess had ditched her twice in less than twenty-four hours. Talk about commitment issues.
“Alright, alright! I get it, you have abandonment issues.” He smirked.
Before Alice knew what happened, her fist swung.
Dr. Abbot: “Late. I was too late.” *cue sobbing*
Dr. Hatta: Mwahahahahaha! I love myself a good, evil villian.
The Red Queen: “Rule number one: Always protect your queen.” Is it wrong that I like her? She’s fantastic— cold hearted and genuinely terrifying. I would not want get on her bad side.
Bug: We didn’t see a whole lot of him, but he left a good impression. I loved that he was some crazy guy spending hours pinning together the whole conspiracy of the plague.
Nate: *Heart eye emoji* This guy is just wonderful.
Ace: What a meany bum— I’d take the Hatta over Ace any day.
Also, shout out to the other guys who fought in the book. They weren’t really there enough for me to dedicate a whole line to them, but I loved the diversity of the characters!
I need a sequel. RIGHT NOW.
I have SO many theories still, and so many questions!! Like <SPOILER> Why is Alice’s blood the cure???? Did Dr. Carroll do something to her??? What even happened to that guy??? Is there a White Queen??? Which hot guy does Alice get with??? And WHAT ABOUT DINAH????? <SPOILER END>
*Melts into an inconsolable puddle*
Black Tea | This was a strong, powerful book with an intense plotline/characters