“But Alice, dreams are how people get by in a place like this,” Lewis countered. His freckles faded with his smile. “We gotta find somethin’ to hold onto, else we’ll all go mad.”
“You’d be better off holding onto your head.” Alice quipped. Lewis couldn’t read past the fourth grade level– he had no business trying to get philosophical on her. She glanced at him and her expression softened when his shoulders slumped in defeat. Lewis couldn’t help but dream; it was who he was. She let out a guilty groan before forcing a small smile to her lips. “Look Lewis, I gotta go.” She nudged his shoulder apologetically. “Dinah and I are going on a supply run,” she said. “Try not to make up too many more stories while I’m gone.”
Lewis brightened, all hurt forgotten. “Ain’t stories, Alice. You’ll see. One day, sure enough, you’ll see.” In a flash, he was off, yelling again to catch the attention of someone willing to trade for information. –JM Sullivan
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This week I’m reviewing Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles by JM Sullivan. She’s also the focus of my Indie Author Spotlight this month where you can win a free copy of her book. Run over and check it out!
A plague has broken out and seventeen year old Alice Carrol is fending for herself with the last of her family, her older sister Dinah. When Dinah appears to have contracted the Momerath virus Alice must leave the safety of her sector and face untold wonders and horrors in search of a cure she’s not even sure exists. She’ll meet a crazy Doctor, a power hungry Queen and countless other strange people on her journey. Along the way she’ll learn about her past and an inner strength she never knew she had. But will she find a cure and get it back to Dinah in time to preserve the only family she has left?
JM Sullivan grew up in Arizona and lives in the UAE where she works as a science teacher and writes in the spare moments life sometimes offers. She’s fueled by a love for her children, caffeine and a wild imagination. You can learn more about her in my Indie Author Spotlight this month and enter to win a free e-Book copy of Alice by leaving a comment on either this post or the Spotlight post. (This offer will end on Aug 31, the winner will be notified by Sept 5.)
What I Loved
I loved the parallels in this retelling between the original story and Sullivan’s. She does an amazing job of making the tale come alive in a dystopian setting without making you groan. Her cinematic tone made me feel like I was watching a movie rather than reading a book as the scenes played out in my head. She uses elements from the original story with a modern twist that you don’t always see coming.
Well done, JM Sullivan.
What I Didn’t Love
Need I say more?
If you’ve been around my blog at all then you know I love dystopian stories. In fact I write them myself sometimes. What I don’t love are zombies.
That being said, Sullivan doesn’t beat you over the head with them. They are there, and yes she tells you what they look like, but she doesn’t bury you in them.
Alice is another story though. Poor Alice.
Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles can be found at your favorite book store for download as an e-book or purchase as a paperback. It’s at Amazon, for .99 for the e-book and $19.99 for the paperback version. You can find JM Sullivan on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and at her blog to let her know what you think.
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