Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
Series: White Rabbit Chronicles #1
Published by Harlequin Teen
Publish Date: September 25, 2012404 PagesSource: Library
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…. –(summary excerpt from Goodreads)
My Thoughts: Ali Bell lost both of her parents and her sister pretty early in the book after a tragic accident. Then she witnesses something crazy: the monsters that her father talked about all the time are actually real. They exist. And she can see them and smell them. And she isn’t the only one.
Alice in Zombieland doesn’t seem to be a re-telling.
I’m sure I’m not alone, but when I first saw this title and cover, I assumed that this book would be a re-telling of the classic Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll with a neat-o zombie twist. I mean, the cover even says “Off with their heads.” I believe I was mistaken. Aside from a snarky main character named Alice, a few mentions of a white rabbit, and a clever title, this book really doesn’t remind me of Alice in Wonderland at all. Does this bother me? No, not really. Is the cover/title combo misleading? Ultimately, a little bit. It doesn’t matter, though. I still liked the book.
These zombies are unlike any I have ever experienced.
While they are different, the zombies do have some of the regular similarities as others: they smell bad, they have decomposed flesh, they are sensitive to light and therefore come out at night, things like that.
It took me a little while to get these zombies figured out. They were explained little by little over pretty much the entire book. So…even close to the end, I was still learning about these creatures.
Despite a few tiny kinks, I really liked this story.
Ali was an interesting girl. There were some times when she seemed to be strong and brave, and there were other times when she seemed meek and mild. Ali lived an extremely sheltered life – like, to the extreme – before she lost her parents and her life changed so traumatically, so it wasn’t a shock to me that she would have conflicting moments of weakness/strength. But I have to admit that I had a hard time really figuring her out… She would do things that would frustrate me a little bit. And of course there are things about her that I don’t understand just yet with regard to her special zombie-hunting skills – I just need to find out more about her in the next book. Cole, Ali’s crush/trainer/maybe-boyfriend, was the stereotypical YA broody mysterious guy with a tattoo. Or two. And scars. From fights. He and Ali played this game of “Are we or aren’t we?” with regard to their relationship status that lasted for a while. I think Ali and Cole have the potential to be a great couple. Yes, I said potential. I have my eye on these two.
Ultimately, I think that Ali and Cole were a little hard for me to get close to as a reader, but they were certainly fun. Their romance was built on an instant attraction and odd visions that they both experience, but of course over time their attraction becomes more. I like them together, although I think they could be better together if I had a better sense of the both of them as individual characters.
Alice in Zombieland is not a story that will stand out to me for world-building, setting, or super-thorough character development – although these characters are fun, original, and colorful and I enjoyed reading them a lot. The story will stand out to me because it is original, it has great pacing, and it has tons of action. I wouldn’t mind seeing more romance built into the next book because I like it when romance and action are combined if they are done well. I recommend this book for paranormal romance readers that don’t mind fresh, new lore being introduced into their typical zombie stories.
YA Paranormal Romance
but took forever for them to make it official.
Alice in Zombielandby Gena Showalter
Have you read ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND?
What did you think? Or is it on your to-read list?
Also, do you have a favorite zombie book?