Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles by J.M. Sullivan

Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles

**Readers' Favorite Five Star Review Recipient**“Always protect your queen.”Ever since the outbreak of the Plague, life hasn’t been easy, and for seventeen-year-old Alice Carroll, it just got worse. Her sister, Dinah, has contracted the ‘un-deadly’ Momerath Virus and without a cure, will soon be worse than dead. She’ll be momerath.Alice must leave the safety of the Sector...

Title:Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles
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ISBN:1941541526
Number of Pages:360 pages

Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles Reviews

  • J.M. Sullivan

    Filled with danger, excitement, and of course, a bevy of references to Carroll's classic, Wonderland fans will be drawn into the thrilling world of Wanderland for a journey unlike any Alice has ever seen.

  • K Todd Ramer

    I received an ARC of ALICE on e-book from the publisher, Pen Name Publishing, for an honest review.

    This is a definite 5 out of 5 stars!

    ~ As a reader, I was pulled in right from the very beginning. I can't even begin to tell you how many great filmed comparisons I have for this novel: Resident Evil, The Walking Dead, X-Files, 28 Days Later, Land of the Dead, etc. The reason for the film comparisons is because this novel reads like a fully produced movie. It has action, adventure, intensity, ligh

    I received an ARC of ALICE on e-book from the publisher, Pen Name Publishing, for an honest review.

    This is a definite 5 out of 5 stars!

    ~ As a reader, I was pulled in right from the very beginning. I can't even begin to tell you how many great filmed comparisons I have for this novel: Resident Evil, The Walking Dead, X-Files, 28 Days Later, Land of the Dead, etc. The reason for the film comparisons is because this novel reads like a fully produced movie. It has action, adventure, intensity, lighthearted banter, sarcasm, AMAZING scenery, well choreographed violence and just a hint of a love triangle. You are literally WATCHING this unfold in your mind, not just registering words. Oh, and the cascade of Easter eggs and nods to Carroll's original masterpiece were masterful (I'm still digging for them all). This novel took off running and never stopped... Which has me already itching for the next installment!

    ~ As a writer, I was enveloped in the world building. I feel that stood out for me the most, though every aspect was impeccably structured. The worlds are all so incredibly colorful, each one it's own unique variation, richly designed and built from scratch. The character building was impressive and rich. Alice's tone and snark was refreshing and on point. The pacing was high speed, forcing you to run right along with Alice as she stumbled and fought her way through each dynamic world. Everything was so florid and dark and intense, from the momerath to a myriad of villains to heroes & antiheroes.

    I have already begun recommending this to pretty much everyone I know because I don't really know anyone who would NOT like this. It's such a modern, fresh take on a classic, while holding true to the feeling of the original. You're basically getting a brilliant amalgamation of old world fiction and modern day story telling.

    Absolutely brilliant. More please!

    K.

  • Ariana

    Originally posted on:

    “Always protect your Queen.”

    I always love a good retelling—if it is a retelling with a dark and gritty twist to it, even better. For me, this novel checks off all the boxes. It is a wonderful reimagining of Alice in Wonderland that has plenty of its own creativity and uniqueness, while devotedly paying homage to the original work in clever ways. It even takes the classic zombie plague idea and turns it on its head as Sullivan puts her own intrig

    Originally posted on:

    “Always protect your Queen.”

    I always love a good retelling—if it is a retelling with a dark and gritty twist to it, even better. For me, this novel checks off all the boxes. It is a wonderful reimagining of Alice in Wonderland that has plenty of its own creativity and uniqueness, while devotedly paying homage to the original work in clever ways. It even takes the classic zombie plague idea and turns it on its head as Sullivan puts her own intriguing spin on the idea. With a post-apocalyptic setting, a witty and resilient heroine, and an abundance of gory and riveting fight scenes, this debut novel is a magnificent addition to young adult literature.

    In this novel, we follow a young girl named Alice Carroll, who is living in a fortified sector with her sister, Dinah, as the world around them succumbs to the Plague that has rapidly broken out. This virus has taken hold of many people, turning them into undead creatures that survivors have dubbed “Momeraths”—rage-filled zombie-like beings that ravage the land and many of the stragglers that remain unprotected in this post-apocalyptic society. The residents of the Sector do not dare venture past the safety of their borders into this frightful landscape.

    When Dinah begins to show signs that she has contracted the Momerath Virus, Alice will go to any lengths to find a cure to save her life. After hearing a rumor that an antidote may exist, or at least be in progress, Alice decides to risk everything to venture out into Wanderland—still crawling with Momerath—in order to track down the doctor who purportedly has the one thing that can restore balance to her world. This journey won’t be an easy one, but Alice steps up to the plate, ready to tackle any challenges thrown her way.

    I was pulled into this story right from the very start. It takes off at a fast pace and continues to hold on to that until the final page. It is impossible not to get completely wrapped up in this fascinating story, and I found myself tearing through it, dying to see what would happen next. Every single aspect of this novel is beautifully built up—it is easy to fall into the world and let it take form around you. You feel a part of the journey, running right alongside Alice as she navigates all the perils—those both expected and unexpected—of Wanderland.

    One of the many reasons that made me fall in love with this novel was that is felt a lot like two of my favorite video games—Alice: Madness Returns and the Fallout series. It was as if these two settings fell together, which resulted in an absolutely incredible reading experience.

    On a similar note, this felt very much like a game or a movie due to the wonderful descriptiveness in the narrative. Sullivan is a master at showing rather than telling. Her intricate details assist the reader in visualizing the settings and characters without hindering their own imagination. She achieves that perfect balance that allows each person’s experience with this novel to be a unique one—each mind will add its own little spin on things.

    The creation and development of the characters was, by far, one of the strongest points of this novel. I personally adored the way Sullivan showed the key traits of the original works’ characters in their Wanderland counterparts. Alice is an incredibly solid and believable heroine. It was wonderful to see her continually find that strength inside her, and watch her sort of emerge from her shell into a snarky, witty, and strong fighter.

    The cast of quirky characters, both villains and heroes alike, were very well-developed and three-dimensional. Though it is hard to choose, I’d have to say that my particular favorites were Chess, Bug, and Dr. Abbott. I thought that she connected them to Carroll’s classic characters in absolutely brilliant ways. It was aspects like this that really left me appreciating how much effort she put into staying true to the original story while making one that was entirely her own.

    J.M. Sullivan is a fresh voice in young adult literature, and definitely one who is sure to go very far. Her immense talent for writing shines through in every aspect of the narrative. This novel was a deliciously intense ride through the world of Wanderland, as we follow some well-loved characters on a journey we have never before seen them take. Whether you are a fan of Alice in Wonderland or not, I would very highly recommend giving this novel a read. With twists and surprises around every corner, this is a book that I believe will have every reader finding themselves swept up into Alice’s adventures. I know that I am truly looking forward to reading future installments in this series.

  • Pouting Always

    After the plague broke out in Phoenix and people began to turn into the living dead aka momeraths Alice and her sister Dinah's lives changed considerably. The two were originally adopted but eventually their father walked out on them when Alice was still young. Their mother died from the plague out break. Now they live together in a community that has been fortified against the outside so that the momerath can't get in. When Dinah contracts the plague, Alice is desperate to find a way to help he

    After the plague broke out in Phoenix and people began to turn into the living dead aka momeraths Alice and her sister Dinah's lives changed considerably. The two were originally adopted but eventually their father walked out on them when Alice was still young. Their mother died from the plague out break. Now they live together in a community that has been fortified against the outside so that the momerath can't get in. When Dinah contracts the plague, Alice is desperate to find a way to help her sister. Alice has heard rumors of a doctor working on a cure for the plague so she sets out to look for the doctor and bring it back before Dinah changes. On her way she meets Chess who tries to help her and eventually she makes a deal with the Red Queen but Alice still has to find the antidote and get it to Dinah quick.

    Also I don't feel like marking off spoilers so just stop reading if you don't want to know what happens.

    I know there's been a lot of talk about diversity in books lately and so it was nice that Dinah's supposed to be black but the whole discussion was on my mind while reading and I couldnt help but roll my eyes because Dinah herself isn't involved that much in the story line. Both Alice and Chess are blonde and blue eyed though and they're the two the story mostly revolves around. It just felt annoying because it felt like one of those things where an author puts in a token minority character. I'm not trying to beat a dead horse it's just that both Chess and Alice who are ~special~ are still portrayed as being a certain way and so it's just like wow another attractive blonde protagonist who has special abilities and will save the world great.

    Also that being said it felt so convenient how things worked out so well, that the plague broke out in Phoenix and that their adoptive father was partners with the person behind it and that he experimented on them so that Alice is the savior. Same thing with Chess and the story line tying back together with the Red Queen. I think the problem mostly for me is that I've read books with similar premises already and some were way better than this so I just couldn't help but compare and not enjoy it as much. I also couldn't get into the whole retelling of Alice in Wonderland angle of it for some reason, the allusions to the original didn't seem very impressive.

    It's not terrible I would say it's at 3.5 stars I just think there's better books about zombie plagues and the retelling aspect really didn't do anything for me, I just didn't find anything special about the book.

  • ☙ percy ❧

    oh dear.

    things that aren't original:

    - alice in wonderland retellings

    - zombies

    - alice in wonderland retellings with zombies

    - zombies caused by a Plague

    - LOVE TRIANGLES

    - love triangles where one boy is blond and the other is a brunette

    - one dime

    oh dear.

    things that aren't original:

    - alice in wonderland retellings

    - zombies

    - alice in wonderland retellings with zombies

    - zombies caused by a Plague

    - LOVE TRIANGLES

    - love triangles where one boy is blond and the other is a brunette

    - one dimensional villains

    - the main character trying to save their sister

    what this book had:

    - all of those

    of course, a book can make unoriginal concepts work if it's well-written. unfortunately, i found the writing very mediocre, and the love triangle (one of my ULTIMATE PET PEEVES) was completely unnecessary. i didn't think any of the characters had any personality, and the antagonist was 105% evil which is very boring. there was also some truly shitty representation with mental illness, with a character with PTSD being described as "crazy". nice one.

    i'm not going to lie i did skim-read the last third because i just wanted it to be over already.

    the only alice retelling i've liked is

    so maybe i should just give up on the whole concept. i really loved tim burton's film so i've been trying to find more cool retellings but to no avail...

  • Dannii Elle

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, J. M. Sullivan, and the publisher, Pen Name Publishing, for this opportunity.

    Alice Carroll lived her life lost between the pages of a book. That was until her sister, Dinah, contracted the deadly Momerath Virus and is slowly deteriorating into a zombie-like figure, intent on the destruction of all other humans. A cure has been hinted at and Alice decided she will do whatever it takes to procure it and save

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, J. M. Sullivan, and the publisher, Pen Name Publishing, for this opportunity.

    Alice Carroll lived her life lost between the pages of a book. That was until her sister, Dinah, contracted the deadly Momerath Virus and is slowly deteriorating into a zombie-like figure, intent on the destruction of all other humans. A cure has been hinted at and Alice decided she will do whatever it takes to procure it and save her sister.

    Little does she know that this will mean journeying into the labrynths of Wonderland and obtaining the help of a mad doctor, a savage queen, and a mysterious boy who holds as many secrets as he does names.

    This is a retelling of the classic

    and I loved how prominently features from the original where displayed in this modern re-imagining. Some lines of text were directly transported, but most features where slightly transmuted to give them both a nod to the former as well as relevance in the current tale. Reading this became a fun puzzle, trying to find evidence of all the similarities between the two, and this is probably why this is one of the most successful re-telling I have read.

    So why only the 3 star rating?

    I have come to realise that I think my love for urban fantasy might be waning. I have always preferred kingdom fantasies but have still had a desire to read both types. Recently, however, I have found myself giving neutral or low ratings to many popular books in similar settings, without being able to place exactly what I disliked about it. I think a city-space as a backdrop ruins much of the whimsy I love about more rural fantasy settings.

    Numerous 4 and 5 tar reviews and ratings proclaim this a fast-paced and action-packed read, and I can't disagree. There was just... something I didn't wholly love about this. I have also had little desire to read many books centring around zombies before. They might form the basis for some of my favourite TV shows but, maybe because of the urban setting again, I am far less eager to want to read about them.

    In all, this book was good at what it did and I thank it for making me realise something about my changing literary tastes.

  • Diana

    The idea of "Zombieland" would have been great if there wasn't already another author who wrote the chronicles of zombieland with an Alice in Wonderland full of zombies, but also I found the book didn't do a thing for me, sadly.

    I guess the idea was good, Alice going to find a cure for her sister an ecountering a myriad of Wonderland characters converted to sit well with the Wanderland of the book, but there was something I didn't click with.

  • MisterBabamook

    Firstly, I feel the need to point out that, regarding reading, Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles came to my attention at a somewhat tough time. Suffering a massive, and wildly disappointing reading slump that lasted weeks, I was jaded. Of the last five books that I have read, three were okay at best and two I just couldn’t complete. So, the stakes were high for me personally. It was also only a few weeks back that I had been searching for some kind of dark, original take on fairy-tale stories; a

    Firstly, I feel the need to point out that, regarding reading, Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles came to my attention at a somewhat tough time. Suffering a massive, and wildly disappointing reading slump that lasted weeks, I was jaded. Of the last five books that I have read, three were okay at best and two I just couldn’t complete. So, the stakes were high for me personally. It was also only a few weeks back that I had been searching for some kind of dark, original take on fairy-tale stories; a genre that I find highly interesting. However, my search was less than satisfying, and nothing quite hit the mark.

    So, along came Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles, the debut novel from J. M. Sullivan. On first reading of the blurb, I must admit that it caught my attention, and it had been recommended to me on several occasions. However, I was still slightly dubious, partly because of my disappointed reading mood, and because of the zombie aspect of the book. It’s not that I don’t like the zombie genre (although I’m not its greatest fan), but over the recent years this whole zombie explosion has gone insane and I had lost nearly all my enthusiasm regarding it. There’s only so many ways you can tell a zombie story before you're just reading or watching the same old thing, right? Still, Lewis Carrol’s classic creation mixed with some post-apocalyptic world? I was curious. Although, since Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith was such a disaster, there was certainly the potential for this to be awfully disappointing.

    That being said…

    I could not have been more wrong. What Sullivan has created, is an absolute masterclass in genre blending, that hits every mark possible, without either the slightest hint of a misstep. I can’t imagine that there are many people that do not know the story of Alice in Wonderland (shame on you if you don’t), and this is blatantly obvious in Sullivan’s fantastic writing, that she, too, is certainly no stranger to it. Let me say though, Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles is not just another classic tale rehashed, with some zombie mayhem thrown in for good measure and a cheap sale. No, no, no. This book has an utterly unique and captivating life of its own, created by a wonderfully visionary storyteller.

    In Alice, we follow the titular character as she makes her way through a post-apocalyptic zombie (here called ‘Momeraths’, which is the most inventive name for the un-dead that I have come across yet) world, in search for a cure for her sister Dinah, who has contracted the Momerath Virus. Along the way, she meets a wide range of marvellous characters. I don’t want to say too much about any of these, as I really want you to discover them for yourselves, but I will say that each one of them is written and developed to absolute perfection.

    So, how do you blend the classic tale of Alice with the insanity of flesh-eating zombies, and make it work? Well, before I had the pleasure of reading this book I would have not thought it possible. Certainly not to any level where it would be an inspiring or memorable novel. And, that is where Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles shines brightly. The basics of its success comes down to intelligent writing by the author. And there is no doubting its intelligence and creativity. It truly is a well thought out and brilliantly executed piece of work, the likes of which have not kept me so engrossed for a very long time. J. M. Sullivan has written a beautifully flowing story that doesn’t miss a beat. Although it is faithful to the blueprints of the original story, it is not pinned down to it, and most definitely not a cheap rehash. There are many great nods to the characters and story that have inspired it in the form of characters and many other aspects (again, that you must discover and enjoy for yourself), but overall, and undeniably, it is its own monster (and a deliciously spectacular one at that) that has been written with great care, thought and imagination that is individual to the author herself.

    From the opening paragraph, to the very last page, Alice is consistently engaging and there is no let-up or decline in the quality of the storytelling. It’s fair to say that there is obviously an aspect of horror. I don’t particularly like using that word as it conjures up images that can just go crazy in your mind, but it’s difficult not to use it when you’re talking about zombies. It’s not like they go around handing out flowers to passers-by. They’re zombies. They eat people. However, this aspect is fairly light (although this depends on your own perception of horror), whilst still being as graphic as it needs to be within the context of the story. What really amazed me is that despite the horrifying world in which it is set, Sullivan still had the genius of writing to keep it feeling magical all the way through. The tone of its source material never got lost amongst the darkness. Again, that comes down to the ridiculously clever writing on behalf of J. M. Sullivan.

    Overall, despite its obvious inspired blueprints, Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles is a story like no other and something of which is incomparable to anything else. The journey you take along with Alice and all the brilliantly crafted characters, is one that will have you entirely gripped, as though you are living it too. The world created is palpable and every character created is absolutely fantastic. I keep mentioning the source material, and I kind of irk myself by doing that, because Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles is a breathtakingly unique novel in its own right, and I think J. M. Sullivan deserves that recognition for creating something that I guarantee you, you will not have read before. Beyond my expectations and to my surprise, Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles takes its rightful place as one of my all-time favourite novels. I cannot wait to see what comes next. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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