Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles

Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles

by J.M. Sullivan





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.

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ISBN-13: 9781941541524
Publisher: Pen Name Publishing
Publication date: 05/16/2017
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.80(d)

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Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
TheQuirkyBookNerd 4 months ago
I always love a good retelling—if it is a retelling with a dark and gritty twist to it, even better. For me, this novel checks off all the boxes. It is a wonderful reimagining of Alice in Wonderland that has plenty of its own creativity and uniqueness, while devotedly paying homage to the original work in clever ways. It even takes the classic zombie plague idea and turns it on its head as Sullivan puts her own intriguing spin on the idea. With a post-apocalyptic setting, a witty and resilient heroine, and an abundance of gory and riveting fight scenes, this debut novel is a magnificent addition to young adult literature. I was pulled into this story right from the very start. It takes off at a fast pace and continues to hold on to that until the final page. It is impossible not to get completely wrapped up in this fascinating story, and I found myself tearing through it, dying to see what would happen next. Every single aspect of this novel is beautifully built up—it is easy to fall into the world and let it take form around you. You feel a part of the journey, running right alongside Alice as she navigates all the perils—those both expected and unexpected—of Wanderland. One of the many reasons that made me fall in love with this novel was that is felt a lot like two of my favorite video games—Alice: Madness Returns and the Fallout series. It was as if these two settings fell together, which resulted in an absolutely incredible reading experience. On a similar note, this felt very much like a game or a movie due to the wonderful descriptiveness in the narrative. Sullivan is a master at showing rather than telling. Her intricate details assist the reader in visualizing the settings and characters without hindering their own imagination. She achieves that perfect balance that allows each person’s experience with this novel to be a unique one—each mind will add its own little spin on things. The creation and development of the characters was, by far, one of the strongest points of this novel. I personally adored the way Sullivan showed the key traits of the original works’ characters in their Wanderland counterparts. Alice is an incredibly solid and believable heroine. It was wonderful to see her continually find that strength inside her, and watch her sort of emerge from her shell into a snarky, witty, and strong fighter. The cast of quirky characters, both villains and heroes alike, were very well-developed and three-dimensional. Though it is hard to choose, I’d have to say that my particular favorites were Chess, Bug, and Dr. Abbott. I thought that she connected them to Carroll’s classic characters in absolutely brilliant ways. It was aspects like this that really left me appreciating how much effort she put into staying true to the original story while making one that was entirely her own. J.M. Sullivan is a fresh voice in young adult literature, and definitely one who is sure to go very far. Her immense talent for writing shines through in every aspect of the narrative. This novel was a deliciously intense ride through the world of Wanderland, as we follow some well-loved characters on a journey we have never before seen them take. Whether you are a fan of Alice in Wonderland or not, I would very highly recommend giving this novel a read. With twists and surprises around every corner, this is a book that I believe will have every reader finding themselves swept up into Alice’s adventures.
BookLoverGirl39 More than 1 year ago
4.5 This was a very good retelling of Alice in Wonderland with a "zombie" twist. J. M. Sullivan was able to capture the eccentricities of the characters from the original story but also make them her own. Alice is confused but strong. Chess is mysterious and pulls lots of disappearing acts but is still redeemable. The Red Queen is smart and manipulative while still using her famous line in an interesting new way. There are new characters that you will fall in love with. This is also not your typical Zombie story. The zombies here are called Momerath. Their origin story is explored but will still leave you craving more answers. There is a mystery about Alice that makes you wanr more answers. The author leaves you in just the right place at the end but still leaves you anticipating the sequel. One of my favorite things that the author did was include a coded message throughout the book. It is made obvious by the Bolded/Capitalized letters. It is worth it to write the letters down as you encounter them so you can know the secret message. This is such a unique and interactive idea. If you love retellings and are looking for a different twist on the usual story then this is definitely for you. There is some violence because it is a zombie story but I found that it was the right balance; as in only when necessary to the story.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
Even though there are many out there, this is the first Alice in Wonderland retelling I’ve read. It was a good choice though, because it combines Alice with flesh eating zombies. The biggest Alice references here were the character names, with some shared traits with their Wonderland counterparts but the story itself didn’t stick painfully close to the original, the author made this story her own and it was glorious! Alice herself is a little bit lacking self awareness but I loved the take on the White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter. The world building is wonderful, in a post-apocalyptic Phoenix where the world is overrun by zombies that we don’t call zombies. I love the writing style and the action, there’s plenty of emotion and gore to keep a reader hooked. I would classify this book as a YA, as long as we can all agree that a little bit of decapitation and dismemberment is still acceptable… it was the teen moony-eyes between Alice and a couple of age-appropriate boys that made it fall into the YA category for me. There’s no romance in this book but as it seems like there’s a sequel not too far behind, I foresee some hand holding and light smooching in the future. It’s the action and the gore that I stuck around for, both of which executed (heh, puns) very well. It wasn’t too graphic but the tension was there and there was a real sense that any character could be at risk of being killed off. I had the e-book copy of this title, but I’d put my money on this being an absolutely beautiful title to own in print. So much so, that I may put that money on buying myself a print copy in the future… Personally, I’m hoping that the next book in the series is told from the perspective of another character so we get a wider view of this world the author has created.
HouseValerius More than 1 year ago
For years Alice's older sister, Dinah, has looked after her. But now that Dinah is sick, Alice has to venture out beyond the safety of their commune, into the ruins of Phoenix, in order to hunt for a cure. The main part of the novel follows Alice through what remains of Phoenix, renamed Wanderland, after what is essentially a zombie apocalypse. As she searches the city and does her best to avoid people infected with the momerath (a portmanteau of moment and wrath) virus, she encounters a number of characters and items analogous to characters in Alice in Wonderland. Some of these are immediately obvious, some less so; but part of the enjoyment of Alice is spotting the references. And I really enjoyed Alice. The pace of the novel is fast, moving Alice from one dangerous situation to another. Along the way she makes allies and enemies in equal measure and becomes more self-reliant. She handles the events with a believable mixture of fear and determination, all while maintaining a degree of sassiness. Many of the other characters have less time to develop but we're given everything we need to know about them, at least within the context of this novel. There's still plenty left to explore in a sequel and the ending certainly leaves things open for that possibility.  If you like zombie novels, you'll like this. If you like re-imaginings of classics, you'll like this.  If you like spotting references & in-jokes, you'll like this.   Chances are, even if none of the above applies, you'll still like this. 
SissyLu More than 1 year ago
Well, I believe if you read an Alice retelling or you're reading a zombie book - yes, yes on some level you have gone mad. But let me tell you something all the best readers are. I was let down by a Zombie/Alice book before, Alice in Zombieland was not what I was hoping for, but this is a true zombie story. The Zombies are violent creatures and they are called Momerath's, they carry a virus and if they bite a person they will become infected. The premise goes like this, a few years back a virus broke loose and since then there has been a zombie outbreak, there are those who are carriers of the virus, it'll remain dormant until their immune system is compromised and they will eventually turn into a zombie. Alice's parents are gone and all she has is her older sister, Dinah. When Dinah begins to show signs of the virus, Alice takes off to find a cure and along the way she meets the cast of Wonderland - except not how you remember them. Sullivan has introduced Alice in the way that Seth Grahame-Smith introduced us to Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies. There are remnants of the actual story in there with hints of new and reimagined characters. All the while Alice is true to her curious self, who questions things at every turn. There is a hint of romance but nothing that actually overrides the story or distracts you from the task at hand, and any questions you may have had on who, what, when, where and how are answered. I give it 3.5 savvy crowns.