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"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"--
Publisher: New York : 2015. Ace Books,
ISBN: 9780425266793
Branch Call Number: AF HENR


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List - Alice in Wonderland
Schmonette Jan 16, 2019

A mind-bending new novel inspired by the twisted and wondrous works of Lewis Carroll.

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SnoIsleLib_KelliB May 17, 2018

Henry takes the stock Alice characters and completely reimagines their histories into a logical and beautifully told tale, even though the characters and events themselves can be ugly. Bonus: perpetrators' brutalities come back to haunt them as they experience..."interesting"...ends of their own making. Alice's journey from victim to victor is a thrill ride, and her solution to the Jabberwocky problem is exquisite.

If you enjoy gritty, intense, and character-driven fiction, I'd recommend this book; the sequel, "Red Queen", is just as good.

Sep 27, 2017

Dark, twisty, very different version of Alice in Wonderland. Great book good read! Very dark

Wanda8 Jun 29, 2017

Great, dark retelling of Alice in Wonderland.

SCL_Tricia Apr 12, 2017

This is one of those rare books that I don't know who to recommend it to - but it is oh so good. A dark, gritty, intense adult retelling of Alice in Wonderland. My new default Alice, she is so much cooler than the Disney one.
Alice's world is bleak, yet fascinating. Make no mistake, Bad Things happen here. BUT. There is also justice, and that makes all the difference. Trigger warning: there is rape and violence against women.
Definitely my most surprising read of the year so far. I could not put this book down until I finished it, and I wanted it to go on.

Jul 06, 2016

This was a page turner and a unique re-telling of a fantastical classic adventure. This is definitely not for the kiddies. It is violent at parts with violence towards woman (which I had wished those part were toned down.) However, it is an incredible journey and fast read. I recommend reading it.

FW_librarian May 30, 2016

Not just your regular Alice in Wonderland story but a clever borrowing of the characters who have deeper, unexpected and complex personalities. The adventure is extreme and starts with Alice and Hatcher escaping from an insane asylum, traveling through the Old City and the New City, constantly watching their backs, fighting enemies with unexplained magical powers while trying to recall blocked-out memories and figuring out who they can trust.

SFPL_ExcelsiorLib Mar 31, 2016

What happened to Alice after she came back from Wonderland. In this definitely un-Disney re-imagination, she ends up in an insane asylum after talking too much about "the rabbit." Once she escapes together with another inmate, she finds herself on a quest to kill the Jabberwocky - a task that means tangling with all the nasty characters of the underworld and her almost forgotten first trip to "Wonderland." Definitely worth the ride and definitely not for kids.

Jan 12, 2016

I’ve always had it dead-set in my mind that I was against re-tellings and had no urge to read them. So, it was with some trepidation that I picked up Alice by Christina Henry. I think it was the dark bent to it and the funky cover that made me decide to pick it up, and see exactly what the author would choose to do.

Wow. This was a dark, gritty re-telling that did not shy away from having Alice (and her companion) go through all sorts of horrible things. I liked Alice, though. She was strong even when she was weak, did things that she needed to do, and found her line early on. Her alliance /infatuation/ friendship with Hatcher was well-written, and he was an interesting character too. Honestly, this kind of made me curious to read the original books (Yes, I’ve never read them. Only seen the Disney movies.) It pulled just enough from the original stories to leave the associations in your mind, but it very quickly differentiates itself in your head.

The ending was one of my favorite parts (and its so rare for me to say that), because the final battle ends up being not at all what you’d expect. It doesn’t match tone with the rest of the book, and its so simply done that its almost stunning in its elegance. The author definitely wasn’t afraid to go against the grain, and I applaud her for this. It was very well done. She might just have spoiled me for other re-tellings!

KateHillier Dec 12, 2015

I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would and I swear it wasn't because of the blood and gore - of which there is plenty so heads up there. This is, as you may have guessed, a re imagining of Alice in Wonderland. It is dark, twisted, and not a ride for the faint of heart as Alice struggles to remember (and deal) with horrific trauma from her past as well what awaits her outside of the asylum after herself and her neighbour inmate (Hatcher) escape. It's a decent into a horrible place, in pursuit of the horrible Jabberwocky, but it's also a story of two people (mostly Alice though) dealing with what's been done to her and finding her power. As I said, I really quite enjoyed it

PimaLib_BethanyW Oct 15, 2015

Whoa baby what a ride! I've never been a big fan of "Alice in Wonderland", but THIS book was fantastic! What a devilishly dark way to re-write a classic fairytale. This was gritty and oh-so-intense. I loved every single page of it! I enjoyed the fact that all of the basic characters were present, but in such twisted roles. The premise of turning "Wonderland" into a dangerous city infested with crime bosses and deviants told from the perspective of Alice and Hatcher as they navigated the mean streets on their quest to defeat the Jabberwocky was inspired. Take a chance and plunge down this rabbit hole. You won't regret it.

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