In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo with the screams of the poor souls inside.In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blonde, 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.
Author: Christina Henry
Format: Paperback Copy
Publisher: Titan Books Ltd
This book was quite slow at the start, which resulted in me picking it up, reading a few pages and putting it back down, a cycle that happened over a few days. However, once I felt like there was more to the story, I was able to get into it better.
One of the things I liked about this book was the character development. At the start, it felt as though Alice left her friend, Hatch – who also escapes from the hospital with her – to deal with everything that happened (any danger that they faced). As the story progressed, Alice became braver and dealt with some things better herself.
This book looks at a tough issue (sexual assault) within a fantasy-style book, which isn’t something I thought would work for this book at the start, but it did. It was also not something that I’ve read in this type of fantasy book before.
Although the book is based off characters from Alice in Wonderland, it felt very different. The whole theme of the book was different, and a lot of the characters had a different personality (some of those considered ‘good’ in the original story were ‘bad’ in this one. At first, this wasn’t something I enjoyed because I didn’t feel like it had any similarities at all apart from the use of characters names. However, it generally worked, and didn’t put me off reading it.
Overall, this book was an enjoyable read, its similarities and differences to the original story making it engrossing. One of the final things I liked about this book is the way the characters were written. Cheshire, for example, was quite a likeable character considering the ways he helped Alice, however you still knew he couldn’t be trusted, which made him exciting to read about.