For centuries, Wonderland thrived as the domain of beautiful bedlam and unapologetic madness. It was a place like no other. All it took was one girl slipping in through the cracks of the universe to start chaos spiraling toward order. In the 150 years since Alice’s visit, the realm has become tainted—almost normal. Rabbits in waistcoats and playing card minions are little more than creatures of myth, and Wonderland is literally falling to pieces.
For Gwen, Rose, and Lucky, Wonderland is home, and yet they know little of its former glory. When the Alice prophecy resurfaces, they’ll have one chance to use Wonderland’s own legends to bring a little mayhem back into their reality. For she who controls Alice controls the fate of Wonderland.
I received an advanced copy of this e-book through NetGalley and Patchwork Press. As a huge fan of anything related to Alice in Wonderland, the cover image and the description piqued my interest straight away.
Follow the White Rabbit managed to stay true to the intrinsic elements of the Alice story while still providing a fresh take on the classic tale. It was well-written, and the detailed descriptions of the setting allowed it to be easily visualized. The point of view of the story switched with each chapter, allowing the reader to connect with each character on a more personal level before they all inevitably meet up.
I really enjoyed that Sherdian chose not to present the characters in terms of the names that they were given by Lewis Carrol in the original Alice story (Mad Hatter, etc.); instead, clues and hints to each character’s identity were interspersed throughout the book, allowing the readers to make these associations for themselves. I also liked the idea that Wonderland was not only a place but, in a way, a living entity that desires for the familiar cycles of history to be repeated.
My main complaint about this book was its length – it was too short! At ~70 pages, this felt more like an introduction than an entire book. The action really started to build toward the end… and then it ended suddenly, leaving me feeling as though nothing had really been accomplished.
Overall, Follow the White Rabbit was a nice, quick read that I would have enjoyed more if it had been a little bit longer.
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