Book Review – “Alice in Deadland” by Mainak Dhar
Hello ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the Casa. Today is Friday and it’s time for the weekly book review. Today I take a look at a genre mix between a classic children’s tale and zombies — “Alice in Deadland” by Mainak Dhar.
Alice is a girl raised in a world where zombies and humans have long been warring with each other. Instead of a formal education, she learns how to protect the living and become a crack shot with a sniper rifle. One day, while out waiting to ambush any zombies who got too close to their settlement, she targets a zombie wearing pink bunny ears and is surprised when he drops out of sight. As in the classic tale “Alice in Wonderland”, Alice follows the zombie down a hole and into what she discovers are the ruins of the United States Embassy in New Dehli. It is there that she meets the Queen of the Biters, an intelligent zombie and leader of the walking dead. It is from that meeting that she learns that everything known about The Rising is not as true as everyone believes.
I found the story idea fundamentally good and had a hard time putting the book down for long. I thought it was an interesting take on the classic children’s tale. As much as I liked the story, there were some flaws in the execution that at times did have me think about putting the book down voluntarily. There were some scenes that worked well, but others I felt could be either removed or tightened up more . The flow between the three acts was also not very smooth. This book could easily have stretched out over three books with each act being its own part of a larger story. My rating for this book is a 3 out of 5.
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