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Published by Pen Name Publishing on May 16th 2017
Genres: Fairytale Retelling, Young Adult
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“Always protect your queen.”
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.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Weaponry Co-op in exchange for an honest review.
Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles is certainly not your average Alice In Wonderland retelling. Set in a zombie-plague world, Alice is off in a race against time to find a cure for her sister Dinah. Alice in Wonderland is one of my all time favorite books. I rarely re-read books nowadays, but I will always reread Alice’s adventures in Wonderland, so I was excited to see a retelling show up on NetGalley.
Overall this book was written and paced well. The characters were likeable and quirky. I liked the idea of a zombie-plague world with an Alice in Wonderland twist. The mix of zombie and Wonderland world never felt like a great match up in this book. It was either things felt distinctly like 28 Days Later or Alice in Wonderland, never a place where both would overlap and that was a bit of a disappointment. Sullivan did a good job of setting the stage for the zombie invested universe, but the characters never seemed to quite fit in with this stage. They were too concrete in their characterizations from Carroll’s series. I guess I was just hoping that this novel would stand a little more on its own and not rely on so much from Alice in Wonderland. Still an interesting premise and a stellar debut for Sullivan.
Three stars for this debut novel from J.M. Sullivan – solid writing and pacing of the plot, and for the unusual retelling of Alice in Wonderland.
Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles is available on May 16, 2017 from Pen Name Publishing.