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The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
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Jan 16, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: 25-books

You think you know the story of Alice in Wonderland, but this book changes everything. The Alice you know is really Princess Alyss Heart, the Mad Hatter is her bodyguard, Hatter Madigan, and the "Off with his head," yelling Queen of Hearts is really Alyss' Aunt Redd who killed her parents and seized the throne. All the charactors that you remember from Alice in Wonderland are there, but not as you know them.
In Wonderland Alyss is a princess, but after her aunt's rebellion she ends up trapped in Victorian England as nothing more than a seemingly deluded orphan. The parallelism in the book is amazing. On one hand there is the use of Imagination- Black and White. Then, there is Wonderland and Victorian England. These seemingly opposite worlds become one when Alyss returns to Wonderland to challenge Redd. She had to abandon her Imagination to survive in England, but in Wonderland her Imagination is the one thing she must have to beat Redd and rule Wonderland.
The entire book is hard to put down. Anyone can connect with the charactors and everyone must face the same struggle of being true to themselves despite everything around them.

Violence:4 There was a lot of violence, but it was to show the difference between White and Black Imagination.
Language:1 There was maybe two words in the entire book.
Drugs:1 The Catepillars smoke and have visions of the future.

Scale: 0=Pristine 1=A little bit 2=some 3= A lot 4=A whole lot

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