“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 and venture into Momerath Territory to find the antidote – if it exists. Chasing a rumor about a mysterious doctor with the cure, Alice falls down the rabbit hole into Wanderland, where ravenous momerath aren’t the only danger lurking.
When I first started reading this it was a fun Where’s Waldo type of game to see how Sullivan was going to incorporate Lewis Carroll, his plethora of characters and references to one of the best fantasy books of our childhood. Amidst the fun of iconic childhood references there was plenty of mystery, danger and excitement to thrill the adult side.
Sullivan takes Alice on a journey unlike anything we’ve seen before but using the icons we are all familiar with made it somehow more special especially since she wrote this version of Carroll’s timeless classic in a way that did honor to the story rather than maligning it. Readers will be transported along with Alice as reality melts away to take you off to a new world which thanks to the author’s writing style comes alive.
Even as you find familiarity with the characters, Sullivan definitely added her own spin by developing their personalities and motivations so you can get to know these iterations as she’s created them outside of Carroll’s original idea.
One of the things I liked best is her writing style is so descriptive you can practically see her story come alive in your head like a movie playing on the screen.
Thank you to Netgalley and Pen Name Publishing for allowing me to review this book.
*synopsis and pic from netgalley.com
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