Series: The Chronicles of Alice #1
Published by Ace on August 4th 2015
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A mind-bending new novel inspired by the twisted and wondrous works of Lewis Carroll...
In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo the screams of the poor souls inside.
In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blond, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place. Just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood…
Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago.
Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful.
And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice.
Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Christina Henry’s Alice is a creep-tastic re-telling of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This dark and gory tale is definitely not for the kids, folks!
*TW for sexual assault*
The Plot: In a nutshell, Alice is the story of a young girl who escapes from an asylum, rediscovers her memories, and saves the world from evil. There are injustices to avenge, mob bosses to take down a peg or two (or ten), and a big bad to destroy. Her journey isn’t quite that simple, of course. It’s filled with the stuff of nightmares and horrors, and you cannot help but shudder as Alice finds her memories – and you’ll wish she hadn’t.
The Characters: Alice is broken, the kind of broken that not many can – or want to – come back from. Betrayed, hurt, and abandoned, she somehow manages to move when opportunity knocks (thanks to her cell-neighbor Hatcher). Sliding between her hazy memories and her current reality, Alice finds that she’s stronger than she thought possible – though she’s filled with loads of self-doubt, as every victim is.
But she has Hatcher in her corner. Hatcher, who can be so caring and yet so murderously cold. Hatcher, who has gaps in his memory just like Alice. Hatcher, who’s trying to atone for his wrongs and run from them at the same time.
And of course, what would a re-telling be without appearances by Cheshire and Rabbit? Just prepare to be surprised.
The Story: Alice is engrossing because it’s so different from the original story. The setting, characters, and the plot bear only a passing resemblance to the childhood story most know or recall. I found myself enjoying the story as it’s written, and was just a little bit surprised every time a familiar character showed up – as if they didn’t belong here.
I really enjoyed Christina Henry’s Alice, in all it’s dark tormented grimness. I can’t wait to read it’s sequel, Red Queen.
drey’s rating: Excellent!
Have you read Alice? What did you think?