Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
Author: Gena Showalter
Series: White Rabbit Chronicles #1
Release Date: September 25, 2012
Dates Read: December 17-18, 2012
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 Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.
What I liked: Alice in Zombieland is about a girl that finds out that her father wasn’t really simply a mental case when he locked the family in at night to protect them from terrible creatures. The monsters are real, and they’re coming, and they will eat you. Ali is reeling from the tragedy of losing her entire family while adjusting to her new reality where zombies exist and she can now see them. Teaming up with others at her school, she must fight to prove that she’s worthy of sharing their secrets and fighting the good fight.
What I didn’t like: The zombies in Alice in Zombieland are not zombies, but rather some type of soul-eating spirit monsters. There is little of Alice in Wonderland to be found in this book. At the beginning, I was under the impression that there would be more, but it quickly devolves to only tangentially related chapter titles and a main character with the same name. Given that zombies and Alice in Wonderland are the two main reasons I picked the title up, it was a bit of a recipe for disappointment for me. Also, the insta-love with Cole Holland was ridiculous. Even though Showalter tried to explain it away with some sort of magical something or another, it turned me off their relationship for a big chunk of the novel.
Final thoughts: Alice in Zombieland can be enjoyable, if you know what to expect. Don’t come in expecting a retelling of Alice in Wonderland in any form, nor true zombies. Be prepared for the ridiculously executed insta-love and some heavy melodrama. If you can handle these things and enjoy the characters, you can find in this novel a quite different take on the teens fighting evil theme. I’ll likely continue the series.