Alice (The Chronicles of Alice, #1)

Christina Henry
A mind-bending new novel inspired by the twisted and wondrous works of Lewis Carroll...In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo the screams of the poor souls inside.In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blond, 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.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2021-10-12
This one gets all the stars! This was so good. I have read the Alice in wonderland book once and seen various versions of the movie. I can honestly say the only one I like is the animated movie. But this book took the story and kicked it in the butt! This book is not for the faint of heart. There is a lot of violence and some gore. There is all manner of cruelty toward humans and animals and there is rape (although not graphically depicted). This is one of the books where you root for the protagonists and the characters don't make stupid decisions that piss you off and make you happy when it inevitably comes back the bite them. The story follows Alice, who is from the New City. She ventured into the Old (forbidden) City with her best friend Dor. When she returns she has been raped, her face is scarred, no one knows what happened to Dor, and Alice is somewhat mad (as a hatter). She is put into an asylum and meets Hatcher through a mouse hole in the wall between them. For years they keep one another company and help each other maintain a modicum of sanity. When a fire breaks out, Hatcher and Alice escape and thus their adventure to stop the Jabberwocky begins. This is just really great storytelling. We meet the characters of the original book, the Rabbit, Cheshire, Tweedle Dee and Dumb...only they're all very twisted and dark versions of themselves. The ending is actually satisfying, but also leaves the door open for the sequel, which I will be starting immediately because I need to know what happens next for Alice and Hatcher! This is an excellent retelling, which may even convince me to give the source material another try.
Reviewed: 2021-05-30
It's not your regular walk in the park, but then, if it was.. Well, it wouldn't be so damned good! Real RTC
Reviewed: 2020-09-13
Alice in Wonderland meets Steampunk and social horror in this novel. Alice is a mental patient who escapes when the demon Jabowocky breaks free. Mental patient/best friend Hatcher escapes with Alice. Caterpillar, Cheshire, the Walrus and the White Rabbit are real life monsters who use magic to get rich off drugs and girls. Some parts disturbing but well worth the read through. Only real complaint, too short of a novel
Reviewed: 2019-01-14
[3.5 stars.] I really enjoyed Henry's other work, "The Lost Boy" much better. But this was okay. A fun read.
Reviewed: 2016-07-20

   When I first started Alice, I basically thought it was gonna be Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with a dark twist. Boy was I wrong. It definitely had the dark twist. But as for the plot, I feel like Christina Henry took the characters from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and created her own world for them. A much darker and twisted world. Which isn't a bad thing, it's just that I was waiting for a good while to see if Alice would fall down a rabbit hole.

   At first I found it a little hard to get into the story. But once the action picked up, I couldn't wait to know what would happen next. I was happy to find that Alice wasn't just some helpless girl and I also couldn't help but to fall for Hatcher just the tiniest bit. Maybe a little more than a tiny bit, but still. Christina Henry ended it well enough that it could of done well as a stand alone but now that the next book has come out I can't wait to see what's next in store for Alice and Hatcher. I would recommend this book. Just keep in mind that 1.) It is not Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and 2.) it can get pretty dark, twisted, and disturbing at times.

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