Title: Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles
Author: J.M Sullivan
Publisher Info / Release: Pen Name Publishing / May 16, 2017
Rating: 3.5 / 5 *’s
Synopsis: Ever since the outbreak of the Plague, life hasn’t been easy, and for seventeen-year-old Alice Carroll, it just got worse. Her sister, Dinah, has contracted the ‘un-deadly’ Momerath Virus and without a cure, will soon be worse than dead. She’ll be momerath.
Alice must leave the safety of the Sector and venture into Momerath Territory to find the antidote – if it exists. Chasing a rumor about a mysterious doctor with the cure, Alice falls down the rabbit hole into Wanderland, where ravenous momerath aren’t the only danger lurking.
**Post contains some spoilers, so read at your own discretion **
This is an Alice meets Zombieland kind of book that reminds me a lot of Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter. However! That’s as close as the two books get besides a few details. This is a dark rendition of the classic Alice story we all know and love. It is set in Arizona and after the “momerath” apocalypse, the deserted city is the Wonderland that Alice visits.
I loved seeing Alice transform from this shy, follow her sister around kind of girl to a brave young woman trying to navigate this new world in order to save her sister who has just fallen ill. We watch as she meets new people and goes on a hunt to find the doctor who can possibly help save Dinah. There are hints to her past which are clues that help figure some things out towards the end.
Now during the story, there’s a love triangle sort of vibe however it’s not outright spoken. It was just my personal feeling as I read the book, but I think everything was handled well. This comes from the introduction of two characters who help Alice out immensely, Chess and Nate. They both offer different vibes to the story that I really quite enjoy.
Then of course, there is the Red Queen. She really isn’t what I expected and this is where it became a bit more dark than the original story. I won’t give any spoilers though! You’ll have to read the story to get more information on that part. And trust me, it really shocked me once you learn more about her!
Okay, some things that were a shock value to me while I read the book:
- Her father
- The ending! So much shock that my jaw dropped a bit
- Nate going against his nature
Things that were a little predictable:
- Her shady past and not being able to remember some details
- How the story might unfold
- The shocking twist that the doctor tells Alice
Despite the fact that there were a few predictable things that I guessed from the beginning, this was a quick and fun read. The writing was good but there is room for improvement. I’m excited to see where the author takes the story after the crazy ending! I’m also interested in seeing what happens next with Alice, Chess and Nate.
Random thought: In the NetGalley version, there were randomly placed capital letters so I’m curious as to what that was about. If anyone knows, please comment below!