A mind-bending new novel inspired by the twisted and wondrous works of Lewis Carroll…
Alice Synopsis: 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-Goodreads
I’ve always had it dead-set in my mind that I was against re-tellings and had no urge to read them. So, it was with some trepidation that I picked up Alice by Christina Henry. I think it was the dark bent to it and the funky cover that made me decide to pick it up, and see exactly what the author would choose to do.
Wow. This was a dark, gritty re-telling that did not shy away from having Alice (and her companion) go through all sorts of horrible things. I liked Alice, though. She was strong even when she was weak, did things that she needed to do, and found her line early on. Her alliance /infatuation/ friendship with Hatcher was well-written, and he was an interesting character too. Honestly, this kind of made me curious to read the original books (Yes, I’ve never read them. Only seen the Disney movies.) It pulled just enough from the original stories to leave the associations in your mind, but it very quickly differentiates itself in your head.
The ending was one of my favorite parts (and its so rare for me to say that), because the final battle ends up being not at all what you’d expect. It doesn’t match tone with the rest of the book, and its so simply done that its almost stunning in its elegance. The author definitely wasn’t afraid to go against the grain, and I applaud her for this. It was very well done. She might just have spoiled me for other re-tellings!