I read and reviewed this book on my book blog on February 11.
Action: 4.5 stars
Pacing: 3 stars
Plot: 4 stars
Cover: 4 stars
Alice in Zombieland isn't exactly Alice in Wonderland with zombioes, in fact, it's pretty different from the story Alice in Wonderland, although there were some things that had to do with it, like the rabbit shaped cloud, the protagonists' name is Alice, etc. But mostly, it's a unique story with kind of a misleading name (I'll explain later).
I enjoyed reading this book. I liked Alice, she's tough, feisty, pretty good at fighting, and has a great sense of humour. She also dosen't drink (which is rare for YA main characters, in real life not all teenagers drink, I never did). I also like the fact that unlike in every other YA novels, the main character doesn't have a driver's license. It feels like authors think that every teenager gets a license at the age of 16, but that's not true, I didn't get my G2 until later. Plus, I never understood how people can get a full license at 16 years old, unless the law for driving is different in the USA, because here in Ontario, we can get a G1 license (learner's permit) at 16, and a year later, a G2 license if we pass the road test, then a year later a full license, G, if we pass the highway test. Alice did annoy me with her immediate obsession with Cole, it was her first day at the school and she already can't stop staring and thinking about a guy she never even talked to, that's just ridiculous, it's basically love at first sight, and since I don't believe in that, it always angers me whenever I see it in books, tv shows, and movies. I know that later on, they do try to get to know each other, but the immediate infatuation with each other is creepy and so unrealistic.
Then we have the group of zombie slayers, who are mostly guys,e except for Mackenzie and Trina, and later on Alice of course. But I feel the only boys that we actually learned stuff about and the ones that actually seemed important are: Cole (obviously), Frosty, and Bronx. The others seemed like they were just there.
At this point, I've read so many books with bad boys in them that I'm starting to get bored with some of them, believe it or not. I think it's because I read the Lux series and love Daemon Black so much. No fictional bad boy can ever be better than him, at least in my opinion, but then again, you never know, it could happened, we'll see. Also, I'm not a big fan of the romance, mostly because Alice got so needy around him, it's hard to explain what I mean without spoilers. Although, the banter between the two is really funny sometimes.
These days, I'm trying to look for something new in the love interest, for ex: Ussi from Maid Sama by Hiro Fujiwara, the girl annoys me so far, but Usui (Misaki's love interest) is awesome, he's different, he's not exactly the bad boy, but he's not a total nice guy either. I like characters that are funny, ever since I was little, which is why I loved and still love the Warner Brothers and Hanna Barbera cartoons so much. Also, one of the reasons why I'm on Team Puck from The Iron Fey series, I'm a sucker for the funny and mischeivious guy.
And of course, how could I possibly leave Kat out of this review, she's my most favourite character from this book. She's spunky, feisty, isn't afraid to speak her mind, a good friend, good at cheering people up, and just fun to be around.So what if she likes to talk a lot and has a big ego, she's still caring and an awesome best friend to have. It's funny how her and Ali became friends, they are definitely fast friends, but I don't mind that this time. I wish I had a bff like Kat.
The zombies are not your average zombies. These zombies are like ghosts, they exist in the spirit world and the only way to fight and kill them is to become a spirit yourself, which, the slayers know how to do. I was never a big fan of the traditional zombies, (which is probably because I've never read any good zombie books before this) but I loved these kinds of zombies, it's very creative. Although, who these zombies can hurt, hasn't exactly been made clear, or maybe I just didn't understand.
The zombies aren't the only bad guys, the real evil ones are the Hazmats, as Ali likes to call them. They are people like the slayers, who can see ghosts and zombies, but unlike the slayers, they don't want to destroy the zombies, they want to experiment on them. It hasn't been made clear as to what their planning, what they're hoping to achieve by doing what they're doing. This opens up many possibilities of what could happened in the sequel, I can't wait!
Overall, I enjoyed this book. I kept flipping page after page, eager to know what happened next. This book definitely kept me reading.
Alice in Zombieland is entertaining, has good writing and flows nicely, has witty characters, is really funny, unique, and is an enjoyable read that'll keep you up long after the sun sets.
I rated this book: 4.5 stars.
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by OWEN RILEY