Alice in Zombieland review

Happy Halloween everyone! Today I’m reviewing a zombie book, of course! Zombies, but not as you know them…

Alice in Zombieland (The White Rabbit Chronicles) by Gena Showalter

October 2012, Mira Ink

Book jacket blurb:

She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever. Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone. Her father was right. The monsters are real. To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if she isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.

Review:

The first thing I will say about this book is that it is not, as you might expect from the title and cover, a retelling of Alice in Wonderland with added zombies. The heroine is named Alice, she is very curious, the world she finds herself in even curiouser, and the white rabbit pops up in the form of an ominous cloud at various points along the way. Other than that, this tale shares little in common with Lewis Carroll’s children’s classic – it’s more of a background motif.

The second thing I will say is that in this book there are zombies, but not quite as you know them. And I’m not going to tell you just how they are different to your bog-standard, shuffling, decaying, flesh-eating ghoul because that would totally ruin the surprise. Suffice to say that Gena Showalter has conjured her own unique version of zombies, and gotten creative with the methods of despatching them.

Our central character Alice Bell shares something in common with many teenagers – her father is very strict about her comings and goings. In fact, he has her on lockdown the moment the sun sets, and cemeteries are strictly off limits. But not because he’s worried about his daughter running wild with boys and making out behind a gravestone. Nope, he’s more concerned about keeping her safe from monsters. Monsters that only he can see. Pretty lame, right? That’s what Alice thinks, until tragedy strikes her family and she discovers that the monsters are terrifyingly real. Then she meets Cole, the sort of boy your mother warned you about – dark, devilishly handsome, a body to die for, mixed up with the wrong crowd and dangerous.

The chemistry between Cole and Alice sizzles from their first encounter – he’s the perfect blend of intimidating and tempting and straight away Alice is hooked. The combination of their will-they-won’t-they romance and Alice’s battle against the zombies (think Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but with zombies) makes this an un-put-downable read. And action-packed zombie-slaying aside, there are some pretty likeable characters – Alice, for her strength, determination, persistent question-asking habit and her touching bond with her kid sister Emma; Alice’s new BFF Kat, for her quick wit, loyalty, outrageous stories and ability to turn any situation in her favour; and Cole, for… well, just… swoon!

Plus, I read this book on my Kindle and at the end there were a few bonus treats – a playlist of the songs on Alice’s iPod, and a Q&A with the author, who comes across as pretty cool. I might try some of her other books.

 

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