11 October 2015

{Book Review} Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

By: Me My Shelf And I | 11 October 2015 at 7:05 AM | | | | | |

11300302Alice in Zombieland
White Rabbit Chronicles #1
Author: Gena Showalter
Pages: 404
Release Date: September 25, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Rating: 3.5 Birds

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. But that's all it takes. 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.

The title ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND conjured all sorts of images in my mind, like falling into the deepest grave filled with zombie-arms reaching for Alice or an undead cast of creepy Wonderland characters a la the terrifying video game American McGee’s Alice. And that description had me primed for a badass Alice on an immediate vengeance killing spree.

What I got was vastly different. ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND neither injects zombies into the classic Wonderland, nor strong-arms the story into a modern setting. Instead, Showalter subtly adds parallels to the classic. It’s a great way to acknowledge ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND without making the plot predictable.

These also aren’t Romero’s zombies. Or THE WALKING DEAD’s. Or any other zombie I’ve encountered. As someone who loves the horror genre, it was AMAZING to see such an interesting take on these flesh-eaters. Showalter also starts the foundation of a truly intriguing mythos around the zombies and those who fight them.

The disappointing parts of this novel are that it is very much NOT a horror, and very much falls into the trap of many other supernatural young adult reads. Sure there are suspenseful moments, but nothing truly scary, except maybe the intrusion of insta-supernatural-attraction and an annoying-sorta-love-triangle.

While I may be over some of the YA tropes prevalent in ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND, I’m not quite done with The White Rabbit Chronicles. I need to know the full story on these zombies, where these charmingly quirky undead-fighters end up, and just how much more Wonderland sneaks into the pages.





  1. Great review! The synopsis is a bit misleading, but fingers crossed you'll like the other novels in the series more now that you know that it isn't a horror novel! I personally love the White Rabbit Chronicles and can't wait to see what you think of the next three!

    1. I am truly intrigued by the series set up and have hope that they'll do amazing things. It was just so different than the description and what I was expecting. Sometimes I wonder how certain blurbs are approved... haha.


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