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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. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. 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….I wish I could go back and do a thousand things differently. I'd tell my sister no. I'd never beg my mother to talk to my dad. I'd zip my lips and swallow those hateful words. Or, barring all of that, I'd hug my sister, my mom and my dad one last time. I'd tell them I love them. I wish... Yeah, I wish.
Lewis Caroll's classic with a zombie twist. Not a new concept, there are others of the same title by different authors but we don't need to concern ourselves these.....Showalter's rendition in what we need right now. This is the tale of Alice Bell, who in moments of weakness losses all she holds dear. Zombies are very real and very much in existence and very disgusting.
It is an upside down world that Alice finds herself in with the death of everyone in her family in that car crash. What she never believed in now holds truth. Her father was right. Zombies are real and if you are not careful enough then such beings of dark and negative emotions will be the ones to feast on your soul.
Its a new beginning for her as she must come to terms with the violent death of her parent and her sister in the crash and the resultant ambush by the zombies, to re-discover her life and makes a grounded headway to her own mission to destroy these monsters. And she must learn to trust some new very interesting people at the school she relocated to. Maybe the strange connection with the resident bad boy, Cole Holland, may be helpful.
Characters make the story work, you may have a brilliant plot in mind but if you don't have great and developed characters to coincide by them it is simply a waste. And Ms. Showalter's characters definitely did not disappoint. Kat, Cole, Nana, Pops, Frosty, Mackenzie and all the others, they each serve to flesh out Alice's character layer by layer.
Excellent pacing and excellent leads as well as secondary characters that provide the necessary weight to this phenomenal rendition of the Caroll classic. This is my first Gena Showalter book and OMG it was "Jaw-dropping" awesome. Strong, resilient characters like our heroine Alice and tall, dark, brooding and HOT, Cole. Every character dynamic with much more than what appears on the crust. There is a different approach to the zombies too, I definitely love when the authors spin known mythical creatures in different ways but keeping their origin and characteristic intact. Waiting deligently for the next book "Through the Zombie Glass"....check out that amazing amazing cover....seriously can't wait....
"Its dark, and sublime and its new, Ms. Showalter explores the Caroll classic in ways never before seen or heard off. A must read."