The Wanderland Chronicles
By J.M. Sullivan
Publisher: Bleeding Ink Publishing
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.
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Alice is a fast paced, apocalyptic zombie tale with a kick ass heroine. This Wanderland is not your typical Wonderland, and the deeper you follow Alice down the rabbit hole, the more dark it gets. This is not the tale you grew up with. Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles is about a girl who is set out on a mission to save her sister whom she suspects is sick with a virus. A virus that changes you into a momerath. Alice’s journey leads you to Chess, a handsome and charming young man, whom decides to help her as she searches for the doctor who rumors say, is on the hunt for the cure. Their paths take Alice to meet the Red Queen, whom is just as violent and terrible as she is in the original Wonderland tale. And the question is, does the Red Queen actually want to help Alice find a cure? Or is the Red Queen more evil than Alice realizes?
If you are a fan of Wonderland tales, then this tale sure won’t disappoint. One thing I loved about reading it was that it was so refreshing to read a story that was based on a fairy tale, and yet did not fall into the typical fairy tale category. It honestly felt more like a horror/supernatural story with just slight hints of the original. In fact, JM’s story is very creative and unique, which is one thing I just loved about it. Another thing I enjoyed was figuring out which characters came from the original story. I had a lot of fun with that! And speaking of characters, my favorites are Chess and the Red Queen. They are both cleverly written and fans of Wonderland will simply love them!
There’s so much to love about JM Sullivan’s Alice. It’s action packed, with amazing world building, and characters to die for!
Alice runs headfirst in her mission with no hesitation. First, she needs to find a mysterious doctor that is rumored to have the cure. Second, bring it back and save her sister Dinah. Overall..don’t die? It seems love can make you do the impossible and become anything in the process. That’s what happens to Alice. I have to say even I underestimated her when the book first began. Despite, Alice’s experience going out into the momerath territory with Dinah, she seemed unprepared to last a day. Her determination moves her forward though. With the help of a speedy and joking boy named Chess, she has her first clue.
A bug. A building. A queen. Just maybe a cure. Alice becomes the wandering of Wanderland and unfolds secrets about the plague.
I read Alice In Wonderland as a young kid and watched the movie but never really got into the characters and story enough to love it. I really liked the characters in this book though. They’re complicated. All mostly crazy as you would expect in this world. Some spout nonsense that somehow can make sense and even convinces Alice at some points. Others take a shine to Alice and become allies to her mission.
What I most enjoyed in this book were the play on words and characters from the original Alice books. J.M. Sullivan cleverly ties in characters and expands on their background in this chilling tale. I mean chilling. Knowing the old characters may bring you recognition of who they are but the twists and turns to them keep this story surprising. Alice finds herself fighting nearly every moment to survive not just against the plague-ridden momeraths but the monsters yet discovered. There’s even more to unfold. Alice was always going to be part of the story versus just discovering it. While I’ll shy from too many spoilers, expect to end this book on a cliffhanger that will leave you wanting more.
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This was a fun book to read and I enjoyed y’all’s dual reviews. Alice is kick-ass and I hope we get a sequel to find out a little more about what happened to her to make her different from other humans in fighting the momerath virus!