Whenever I think of fairy tales and horror, I think blasé and recycled. Thankfully that was not the case with Alice In Deadland by Mainak Dhar. The story took a turn that was totally original and moved at a pretty fast pace. I was immensely grateful, but did I like the story trilogy?
Since both Amazon and Goodreads have this as single book and trilogy, I'm going to give my review for all three. The story is about a girl, Alice, who was born after The Rising (when the undead took over the world). When Alice follows a "Biter" wearing rabbit ears, down a hole she finds herself in a violent world, run by flesh-eaters. A world where "Biters" think and act in a manner familiar to those still human. There she finds The Queen, a woman who communicates and, for lack of a better word, rules over the Biters. The Queen tells her a story that's considered prophesy and that Alice is a sort of savior. There's a huge conspiracy and this girl is the one to uncover it all- saving both humans and biters alike!
Now, I love YA, but I have to tell you, when the fate of the world falls upon the shoulders of a fifteen year old, I find issues. But I've gone off on such tangents before, so I'll not repeat myself. I can say that outside of said issue, I enjoyed this series, but grew frustrated. It carried a herky-jerky feel from time to time, like the repetitiveness of Alice's thoughts. She was constantly going over the same things- other characters too. It's like the author needed to excessively remind us what was going on. Or the story would speed to the point I was just told things instead of explained. The details disappeared and something would just happen- you know how that is. It just threw me off and I was left a tad confused.
There was also an unreal amount of grammatical errors. So much that I almost quit the books. Errors like these are hard to overlook, and can deter a reader from returning to the author. And the errors were in both the ebook and physical book. Sorta sad.
I liked the concept, loved the machination, but it just didn't come together the way I thought. If you are a lover of the zombie genre, you'll enjoy the originality of the story. It's crafty and cool, but you have to be ready for the errors and the jumps in action. Live through those and you'll be all right! Check out Alice in Deadland while I move on to the next read! 📚
*Five Night's At Freddy's: The Silver Eyes is next.
Alice In Deadland Trilogy
CreateSpace Independent Publishing, LLC
March 16, 2016
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