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.
Today I’m reviewing Alice by J.M. Sullivan. I read this book a couple of weeks ago actually, I’ve just been procrastinating.
So, let’s talk about the book.
Alice is the first book in the Wanderland Chronicles. As you can guess, it is a retelling of Alice in Wonderland. I love fairytale retellings, however, disclaimer, I never liked Alice in Wonderland. I’ve always found the book and movie really creepy—both the originals and the rewrites.
But I really liked this retelling.
Sullivan did an incredible job with world-building, incorporating lots classic references from the original book while still keeping it very original and very clever and fresh. Sullivan did a fantastic job describing the world this takes place in, without overwhelming the reader, so we get a firm sense of where we are.
I was particularly fond of Chess, though it admittedly took me longer than I’d care to admit to figure out which original character he represented. Wow.
I also really liked Dr. Abbott. And I love how his name is Waite and he’s always concerned with the time. Also, Dr. Abbott sounds a bit like Rabbit, so… haha I kind of love that.
So, what’s Alice about?
It’s about this girl, Alice—go figure. She is living in a post-apocalyptic world. Or is it just an apocalyptic world, because the world is still dealing with the outbreak which is destroying everything… I don’t know. I’m not an expert.
Anyhow, there’s a “plague” running rampant that turns people into zombies.
In the Sector—which are areas that have been cordoned off by barriers to keep out the zombies and the disease—supplies are scarce so Alice and her sister, Dinah, are always venturing outside illegally to rummage for supplies to try and ensure their survival.
Alice is kind of a book nerd who spends a lot of time day dreaming, following around in her sister’s footsteps, but then her sister gets sick she goes on a mission to find the doctor that is rumored to be working on a cure.
This is Alice’s adventure.
Like I said, Sullivan is really creative about incorporating the different elements of the original story into this retelling.
I’ll admit, I still found parts of the story creepy only because of the freakish nature of things—and also because I’m a bit biased by my distaste for the original novel—but it was still a good, enjoyable read. It reads very much like a teen or young adult novel, which makes it an easy, quick read.
As far as my rating. I would rate Alice as a solid 4 stars. I really did enjoy it and I think it’s a strong book to start the series.
I am definitely excited for what’s to come in the next book in the series.
I believe Sullivan posted recently that Alice would be re-released later this year, which might cause some availability issues. So, if you want a copy of Alice to read, I would pick it up now! I believe the next book in the Wanderland Chronicles is to be released late this year or next year.
So keep an eye out of Sullivan’s Twitter and Instagram accounts for updates on that.
Here’s a link to where you can pick up a copy for yourself!