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Wonderland by Robert McKay

Wonderland by Robert McKayTitle: Wonderland (Intergalactic Fairy Tales, Book 1)
Authors: Robert McKay
Published: August 20, 2015
Pages: 187
Publisher: McKay Manor
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Alice is an extremely imaginative teenage girl who knows exactly what she wants to be when she grows up–a space pirate. And despite her mother’s attempts to make her “grow up” and put an end to her “silliness,” she’s not about to let that dream go. One night when she hears something out in the garden, her investigation leads her right into her fantasy–there’s a spaceship hers for the taking and she doesn’t hesitate to claim it as her own. But Alice quickly finds herself on an adventure she didn’t anticipate–one that helps her learn more about the world, its dangers, and herself that she ever thought possible. And the greatest lesson might be that she doesn’t have to give up the things that bring her joy in growing up and becoming responsible. In fact, those things might all go together far better than she ever dreamed.

I’ve mentioned before in my reviews that I am definitely one who loves well-written re-tellings of classic stories. And this is definitely a book I would put into that category. Alice is a particularly favorite story of mine, and I enjoy seeing different takes on it–something I think we’re going to see more of throughout this year since it is the 150th anniversary of the original publication.

What’s here, though, is a science fiction, possibly futuristic reimagining of the text that doesn’t lose any of the whimsy present in the original, more fantasy-focused setting. The storyline very closely resembles the original and, as such, it’s easy to draw the connections and see where things are headed. But there are enough differences and additions by the author, that it does come across as a unique work with a compelling story–one that I will say this reader particularly enjoyed.

Because of the age of the character and the story, I’d say this falls into young adult, but it’s dark and there’s violence (what else would one expect from a reimagining of Alice’s story?), so it may not be appropriate for everyone in that age group. But it’s also one that I think many adults could enjoy, too.

[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.]