Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Rating : 5.0/5
Number of Pages : 376
Number in Series : #1 The Looking Glass Wars Series
Reason for Reading : First in a Series Challenge, Young Adult Challenge, recommended by my best friend

Alyss Heart is a Princess in Wonderland who will one day become Queen. On the day of her seventh birthday however, Queen Genevieve's exiled older sister Redd attacks with her card soldiers and The Cat (her personal Assassin) in tow killing Queen Genevieve and her husband King Nolan. Alyss manages to escape aided by the Queen's bodyguard Hatter Madigan by jumping into the Pool of Tears. Alyss emerges alone in England in the 1800s, stranded with noone believing her tales of Wonderland. After getting caught stealing with a band of other orphans she is taken to an orphanage and eventually adopted by the Liddles.

One day she meets Charles Dodgson (the real name of Lewis Carroll) and takes a chance trusting him with her tale. When she starts to tell him about her best friend in Wonderland Dodge, he assumes that the character is based on him and decides to write a book which eventually becomes Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. She is furious he has trivialised her life with this ridiculous tale of Cheshire Cats, Mad Hatters and Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee and refuses to have anything more to do with him. She starts to doubt herself and her imagination which is key to becoming Queen and becomes part of English society to be courted by a Prince.

Wonderland hasn't forgotten her however. In the 13 years she has been away Hatter has been wandering the world searching for her and eventually finds her. She is brought back to Wonderland which has become a cross between Nazi Germany and 1984 for a show down with her Aunt Redd. Alyss has her faithful companions beside her; Dodge, Hatter, General Doppleganger (who can split into two, General Dopple and General Ganger), her tutor Bibwit Harte (an anagram of White Rabbit), Molly and some of the white chess pieces. In Wonderland much is done using imagination and there is a fantastic battle between Redd and Alyss conducted Matrix style.

I can't say enough great things about this book. I loved it so much and am going straight off to start the sequel "Seeing Redd". A review at the start sums it up for me, "To say Beddor's revolutionary novel is an adaptation of Lewis Carroll's original would do justice for neither author". In a nutshell, The Looking Glass Wars is to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland what Wicked is to The Wizard of Oz.


Jane said...

I love books for young readers and young adults. They have such energy and imagination don't they? Thanks for your review!

Erin said...

This sounds like an amazing twist on the tale. I adore Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and must have no less than nine different copies of various editions. I will definitely have to keep an eye out for this one. Thanks for the review on it!


Ana S. said...

What Wicked is to Oz...that's it, now I have to read it!

Ladytink_534 said...

Oh I have to go get this! I love Alice in Wonderland and reading books where classic characters are turned on their ear are my favorites. Thanks!

Jill said...

Wow, that sounds fun!