This is not an Alice retelling with zombies, so get that out of your stubborn head right now. If that’s what you wanted, I’m sorry. Honestly, it’s what I wanted, too, which is why I delayed in reading this book for 6 years.
What this happens to be is a very interesting YA zombie novel, with a unique approach to zombie culture and zombie fighting. Yes, it does make Alice references, but that is all. The main character’s name, the white rabbit references, and the title of each chapter is something totally pop culture Alice—it’s so surface level Alice though, that even if you haven’t read the real Alice in Wonderland and only saw the movie once about 20 years ago, you’d still be able to pick up on all the references, as it really only uses surface level references.
Now that we have that out of the way, I did really enjoy this book. It could have dug even deeper on the character development and world building fronts, but it was a solid first effort. I went straight on to book 2.
Book 250 read in 2018
Well, this was an excellent follow-up, and it took me to all kinds of interesting and unexpected places that I really enjoyed. I did have to shout at Ali a few times, because she kept me on edge with her precarious inner-struggles.
Overall, I liked this better than book 1.
Book 251 read in 2018
I confess that I had trouble sticking with this one. A whole lot of interesting and unexpected things happen to really build the world, but it just all somehow felt like way too much all at once. I found myself stopping and rewinding a lot, though I think I am partly to blame for being inattentive to the book.
This is one where there is a whole lot of action and forward motion, but I had trouble wanting to stay connected and interested in that. As a result, I’m not going to continue on to book 4, though I hear from others that this was their absolute favorite book in the series, which means, it likely really is just me.
Book 252 read in 2018