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Book Review: Alice In Zombieland

Book Review: Alice In Zombieland

| On 27, Oct 2014

In one moment, Alice Bell’s life changes from beautifully perfect to utterly horrific, and just like that, she can see the zombies.

Her father was right. The monsters are real.

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter is not a parallel retelling of Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland, but a strangely unique story about zombie ghosts.

Following a new take on the zombie folklore, zombies appear in the spirit realm and only particular people are able to see them (but these zombies can eat anyone, regardless of who can see them).

There are a few Lewis Carroll gems sewn throughout the novel, namely in the likes of the white rabbit and chapter titles. Other than that, Showalter creates a world uniquely her own.

While this story’s main focus is the zombies, it takes quite a while for newly nick-named Ali to remove her focus from high school drama and refocus on the monsters around her.

Other than the slow beginning, the rest of the novel flows seamlessly, tying in pieces from the ‘slow part,’ allowing the reader to understand the necessity of the first part of the book.

The fighting style was magnificent and interesting, engaging the reader. Showalter clearly has a knack for creating out-of-body experiences with her writing style.

white rabbitAimed towards young females, the series comes out as a trilogy with Through the Zombie Glass and The Queen of Zombie Hearts following in that order.

While there’s no cliff-hanger encouraging readers to rush and purchase the next book, the ending leaves enough incentive to continue with the series.