Published: September 28, 2015
After ten years of being told she can’t tell the difference between real life and a fairy tale, Alice finally stops believing in Wonderland. So when the White Rabbit shows up at her house, Alice thinks she’s going crazy. Only when the White Rabbit kicks her down the rabbit hole does Alice realize that the magical land she visited as a child is real. But all is not well in Wonderland.
The Ace of Spades has taken over Wonderland and is systematically dismantling all that makes it wonderful. Plain is replacing wondrous, logical is replacing magical, and reason is destroying madness. Alice decides she must help the Mad Hatter and all those fighting to keep Wonderland wonderful. But how can she face such danger when she is just a girl?
Alice must journey across the stars to unite an army. She discovers that fairy tales are real in the magical world beyond the rabbit hole. But they are not the fairy tales she knows. Fairy tales have dangers and adventures of their own, and Alice must overcome the trials of these old stories if she wants to unite the lands against Ace.
With the help of Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Snow White and heroes old and new, Alice may have the strength to take back Wonderland.
We start out with Alice, who after her long stint in wonderland as a child, is seventeen and considered a bit crazy. She did survive Wonderland after all. Given plenty of meds, and acting a little nuts in our real world, she eventually finds her way back, but Wonderland is different. It's up to her to make it right again. I did find her character shift a little awkward here. She went from being in our world and searching for white rabbits to talk to, to Wonderland and trying to sort out the logic of things. It was two opposite reactions that struck me as two different characters. Her quirkiness switched to a normal teenager, who wasn't that interesting, but the world around her was amazing and a lot of fun to revisit.
Though a few of the characters have had a new twist to their stories, they're at their core, the same wonderful people we grew to love as children -- mostly.
The adventure that takes them to Neverland and the Kingdom of Grimm are both entertaining, and the action was a lot of fun to read. I think, I felt a little detached from the characters though. They didn't pull me in as I expected them to. The plot drug out a bit as Alice sought out an army, but I think overall, it was a great story.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
It has been my goal to live a life that is notable as the life of that master of writing. I’ve climbed the slopes of Machu Picchu, swam in Loch Ness, smuggled ice cream into China, and made moonshine in my hometown. I studied writing and business in school, and gave up a position in my family’s Black Walnut company to chase my dream. Life, if you make it so, can be an adventure.
Despite all my adventures, there is no greater journey than that which can be found in a book. It was cartoons that got me into writing, works meant for children that as an adult fascinated me with their joyful outlook. It was the old masters, Lewis, Tolkien, Hemmingway, Vonnegut, who challenged me to live an adventure of a life, and then write even greater adventures in books. Perhaps one day I’ll make it into that old Cambridge apartment. Perhaps one day I’ll be invited.
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