She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.
If anyone had 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.
I’m just going to jump right in with these words that perfectly sum up the entirety of the book:
“To fight them, we must get close to them. To get close to them, we must be a little brave and a whole lot crazy.”
These wise words are spoken by the main character, Alice Bell, who is a spin-off of the original Alice from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Despite the title and tag line on the cover seeming similar to Alice in Wonderland, overall the book has little similarities to its namesake. A rabbit cloud, “crazy” people, and same name for the first character results in a minimally similar book to the original tale thousands have fallen in love with.
But this is why I love it even more!
So many times I have read horrible retellings… but I’ve also found amazing retellings. Often times I find authors are afraid of twisting a classic only to find it nowhere near the original story. But that’s the point of a retelling. You are taking the minimal basics of a story and re-writing it into your story. It’s not a fan-fiction story. It’s the author’s story. And let me tell you right now, Alice in Zombieland, delivers on every level.
Alice in Zombieland sat upon my to-be-read pile since the beginning of time, I swear. Finally, due to Aesthetic Addict, I picked it up… and COULD NOT set it down!
The writing style is more simplistic than other young adult books, but it felt refreshing. A book without curse words also gave it plenty of brownie points. Also, a book without a teenage couple having sex. Can we talk about how refreshing this actually is and the rarity in the young adult genre? Please?
The main couple, of course, is Cole Holland and Alice Bell. The two have a unique relationship due to the (not really a spoiler here) visions they have. Their attraction for each other isn’t immediately known as positive, but as their relationship (and visions) develop, the need to be around each other grows as well. At first, I wasn’t one hundred percent on board. Again, it was not until the end of the book that I realized how invested into their relationship I became. Now… I’m trying to figure out their ship name. Belland? Calice?
Now… to explain the title… Alice in Zombieland isn’t ACTUALLY set in a world specifically for zombies. And the zombies aren’t the normal kind like in other books. Gena Showalter creates her own species of zombies and brilliantly does so! I absolutely love them, and cannot wait to read the next book in order to learn more about the zombies.
Overall, the world and the twist on zombies grabbed me, but the characters and the romance held me in. The ending made me realize how much I loved the book, but I’m sure the next book will take even shorter amount of time for me to fall in love with.
What do you think of retellings? Do you enjoy a specific retelling of a story? Let me know in the comments below!
Make sure to check back on October 10 for an aesthetic for Alice in Zombieland on Aesthetic Addict!
Much love, XOXO,
~A Writer Named Charley~