Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Alice In Zombieland by Gena Showalter [Review]

Plot Sketch:  No one in Alice's family is allowed to leave the house after dark.  No, there are monsters out there and there's no way Alice's dad will let her, her younger sister Emma, or her mom go out there and lead them back to their house.  It hasn't been allowed the girls' entire lives.  Until.  Alice begs to let Emma perform in her ballet recital as a birthday present and for the whole family to attend.  Her parents succumb to her guilt trap and they leave.  And all goes well until the family is on their way home and have to drive by the cemetery, and the family is involved in an accident that will change them forever and open Alice's eyes to a whole new way of living... she thought she had it bad before.

Verdict:  Couldn't. Stop. Reading.  It was fantastic!  Engaging, solid, and fun.  Just enough allusions to literature's original Alice, I was enamored with the plot.  Did it have holes?  Sure.  Of course.  But they weren't big gaping holes (comment if you care to discuss these).  I'm hoping the next book (Through The Zombie Glass) will address what I perceive as gaps in the worldbuilding.  The characters were interesting but archetypal, but, I couldn't get enough of them.  This is definitely a good read for October (or Halloween itself) as it is just spooky enough to get your blood pumping but not too spooky to keep you up all night.  Obviously you know from the title that there are zombies, but Showalter's zombies are not the typical undead so frequently seen in pop culture these days.  Not everyone can even see them.  I'm a big fan of Cole (a boy Alice meets).  If you're Team Damon, you'll LOVE Cole.

Here's the book trailer for you:

Parents:  There is a little language, a fair share of violence (but only directed at zombies), and a little bit of a steam factor, but for the most part, it's pretty clean.  As always, you decide for your teen... or preteen... or self... whoever :o)