Rating: 4 stars out of 5
This isn’t his sister’s Wonderland….
Henry never believed his older sister, Alice’s, fantastic tales about the world down the rabbit hole. When he’s whisked away to the bizarre land, his best chance for escape is to ally himself with the person called the Mad Hatter. Hatter—an odd but strangely attractive fellow—just wants to avoid execution. If that means delivering “Boy Alice” to the Queen of Hearts at her Red Castle, Hatter will do what he has to do to stay alive. It doesn’t matter if Henry and Hatter find each other intolerable. They’re stuck with each other.
Along their journey, Henry and Hatter must confront what they’ve always accepted as truth. As dislike grows into tolerance and something like friendship, the young men see the chance for a closer relationship. But Wonderland is a dangerous place, and first they have to get away with their lives.
I enjoyed this book, and I was a little wary about it. It’s so hard to take pre-existing characters, or even characters that people will have pre-existing ideas about and writing them as new, fresh characters that can still surprise the readers. I think the author did a good job of this, both by not using all the same characters that a reader might be expecting to see, and also by giving the characters that were well known traits that we haven’t seen before, while still keeping them within the realm of reasonable characterization that made sense in the context of the story.
The plot was very interesting, although similar to the original story in some ways, there was a new spin to it besides it just being about Alice’s brother instead of her. I particularly liked the Hatter’s part of the plot and would even say that he was the most interesting part of the story, more so even than Henry was. Although their interactions were interesting and it was a good way to get Hatter out of prison and away with something to actually do, it definitely seemed like it was more Hatter’s story than it was Henry’s. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing and, given the book’s beginning, isn’t exactly a surprise.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and think it was a fresh take on characters we have seen a few times before and a world we are, for the most part, familiar with.
The cover artist for this book was Paul Richmond and I liked the cover. I’ll admit that to me it seemed a little busy and it didn’t necessarily draw my eyes to a certain place right away. However, the color scheme is really nice and it seems to represent the book well and give people an idea of what they’re going to be reading when they pick the book up.
ebook, 190 pages
Published August 20th 2015 by Harmony Ink Press
ISBN 1634761502 (ISBN13: 9781634761505)