Alice in Deadland written by Mainak Dhar took me by total surprise. Yes this is another Alice in wonderland style of book. But they are so good! As you can tell this year has been all about going down the rabbit hole, in many different ways and styles. So without further ado, here is my review.
Alice is a 15-year-old girl that grows up in the Zombie Apocalypse in India near Delhi. She sees a biter and follows him down a hole in the ground, only to discover a who new world, oh and the zombie is wearing bunny ears. After being captured by the biter, she is taken to the Queen of the Biters, Dr. Protima who after being bitten herself takes one of the only vaccines and becomes a half-breed. Alice doesn’t believe what she is seeing or hearing, as the Queen tells her that she will be the one to bring peace to both sides. We find out that the biters can actually co-exist with humans. that they are more like animals than mindless cannibals.
“Civilization as we know it ended more than fifteen years ago, leaving as its legacy barren wastelands called the Deadland and a new terror for the humans who survived hordes of undead Biters.
Fifteen year-old Alice has spent her entire life in the Deadland, her education consisting of how best to use guns and knives in the ongoing war for survival against the Biters. One day, Alice spots a Biter disappearing into a hole in the ground and follows it, in search of fabled underground Biter bases.
What Alice discovers there propels her into an action-packed adventure that changes her life and that of all humans in the Deadland forever. An adventure where she learns the terrible conspiracy behind the ruin of humanity, the truth behind the origin of the Biters, and the prophecy the mysterious Biter Queen believes Alice is destined to fulfill.
A prophecy based on the charred remains of the last book in the Deadland- a book called Alice in Wonderland.” (Good Reads)
This one was a little hard for me to get into in the beginning, but once I got into it, it was hard to put down. This is the first book in the trilogy, although Mainak Dhar’s website shows many many more than just three. Any who. I really like this. It was similar to the others that I had read, but different in so many ways. The other books are all about destruction of the zombies and this is about co-existing with them. There are a lot of political ties to the issues we are currently having (China wanting to take over the world, terrorist groups, cults, etc.), which I think for a book that is geared towards young adults and teens is a good thing because I think everyone needs to be aware of what is happening around the world.
Some of my favorite quotes from this novel include:
“She looked back at the child again, and this time his eyes met hers. There was no innocence, no love, just the blank, hate-filled expression that was characteristic of biters….”
“When people are scared enough, they begin to accept any form on tyranny because unquestioning obedience to unknown masters is better than facing known dangers.”
I really liked this book, not just because it was Alice in Wonderland styled, but because it was different, way different from all of the other books that I have read. I would like to give this book four stars of five. And I starting the next one as soon as this goes live.
Be sure to check out Mainak Dhar’s website here, for other titles and updates! If you have read this book, let me know what your thoughts were on it. Did you like it or not? Why, and what were your favorite parts. I think after I finish this trilogy I am reading The Cubicle Manifesto….It just sounds so good!