Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Alice in Whatland?

Alice in Deadland (Alice in Deadland #1) by Mainak Dhar

Summary: Civilization as we know it ended more than fifteen years ago, leaving as it's legacy barren wastelands called the Deadland and a new terror for the humans who survived — hordes of undead Biters. 

Fifteen year-old Alice has spent her entire life in the Deadland, her education consisting of how best to use guns and knives in the ongoing war for survival against the Biters. One day, Alice spots a Biter disappearing into a hole in the ground and follows it, in search of fabled underground Biter bases. 

What Alice discovers there propels her into an action-packed adventure that changes her life and that of all humans in the Deadland forever. An adventure where she learns the terrible conspiracy behind the ruin of humanity, the truth behind the origin of the Biters, and the prophecy the mysterious Biter Queen believes Alice is destined to fulfill. 

A prophecy based on the charred remains of the last book in the Deadland — a book called Alice in Wonderland.

Review: A very loose retelling of Alice in Wonderland with plenty of zombies. 

This was a free read on Amazon and I snagged it since I really enjoy retellings. Alice in Wonderland is already a very strange and weird story and zombies would only add to the weirdness. This book starts off like Alice in Wonderland with a zombie (aka biter) wearing rabbit ears and Alice following him down a hole. Rabbit Ears almost eats her until he discovers that she looks like Alice from Alice in Wonderland. Then Alice goes to meet the queen. There are a few other characters from the original story in there as well. 

It soon diverges from the original story and turns into a fight with the humans and the zombies against Zeus, the evil baddies. The queen is convinced that Alice is part of a prophecy and other people soon start to view Alice as some incredible hero. I honestly didn't believe how incredible Alice's fighting skills were nor how skillful she was with a gun. I know she had to learn how to fight from a young age, but experience does count for something. So war commences and there is plenty of tragedy and I don't remember the ending. 


Recommendation: I would recommend this book to those who enjoy retellings, Alice in Wonderland, or end of the world stories with zomibes. 

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