Title: The Looking Glass Wars
Author: Frank Beddor
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publication Date: August 2007
Classification: YA Novel
Summary from Barnes and Noble:
The Myth: Alice was an ordinary girl who stepped through the looking glass and entered a fairy-tale world invented by Lewis Carroll in his famous storybook. The Truth: Wonderland is real. Alyss Heart is the heir to the throne, until her murderous aunt Redd steals the crown and kills Alyss’ parents. To escape Redd, Alyss and her bodyguard, Hatter Madigan, must flee to our world through the Pool of Tears. But in the pool Alyss and Hatter are separated. Lost and alone in Victorian London, Alyss is befriended by an aspiring author to whom she tells the violent, heartbreaking story of her young life. Yet he gets the story all wrong. Hatter Madigan knows the truth only too well, and he is searching every corner of our world to find the lost princess and return her to Wonderland so she may battle Redd for her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts.
For this to be my first review for the blog, I do say that I am under quite a bit of pressure. I took it upon myself to choose this book out of the many that Alexa had in her possession. If anyone has ever taken the time to examine her collection, it is quite numerous to say the least. This book instantly popped and piqued my interest. From the inital get-go, I found myself immersed in this fantasmical world of Alyss (denote the spelling as it comes into play) and her native Wonderland. This is not the Lewis Carroll version we have all come to love as this story plays out that the Wonderland is seperate from the world which Carrol ‘created’. Carroll himself actually becomes a character in the book but alas, it would seem I am ranting.
The book won me over from the onset of the first few pages as it was an easy read and even fun, dare I say. It was as though the author did not invest so much time in detailing every facet of the backgrounds which would then deter from the main focus which is in fact the characters. Early on, the reader is introduced to the main characters: Alyss, Hatter Madigan, General Doppleganer and Dodge. Each of the characters are introduced in a manner which made them very real and human. Their interactions with one another are key to the story itself.
The action begins early into the book and never seems to let up. It would seem that this story is set to be fast paced as I read the book, time seemed to fly by just as the pages did. There happens to be something going on at all times and never seem to be a dull moment. The character progression takes places in succient pace with the story and the two seem to be intertwined. The action dictates how the characters happen to evolve throughout the course of the book. Characters such as Dodge (a childhood frien of Alyss) happens to stay behind in Wonderland, trapped under the tyrannical rule of Redd, whilst Alyss and Hatter Madigan escape and happen to show the effects of being away from the once peaceful realm. Dodge is constantly under attack and during the abscense of Alyss, he ages considerably, from a gentile and innocent child into a battle hardened young adult.
All in all, I would have to say I am eagerly anticipating reading the next book in the series and rest assured, I shall be writing a review about that book as well.