The Looking Glass Wars, by Frank Beddor, is the first in a triology that takes a darker look into Alice’s world of Wonderland.
Beddor takes a creative look into the beloved fictionalized world creatived by Lewis Carrol back in the early 1900s. I came across this series by accident, and I’m glad I did. I love the original Alice in Wonderland, and this book gives the characters more depth, and more diversity.
In this book, Alyss Heart is princess of Wonderlandopolis. On her 7th birthday party, her aunt Redd invades the castle,and kills both of Alyss’ parents. This forces Hatter Madigan to take Alyss through the Pool of Tears, a sort of vortex that took the two into a different world. In the new world, Alyss becomes separated from Hatter Madigan, winds up in an orphanage before being adopted by the Liddell family in England. Alice befriends Charles Dodgson, so soon becomes a sympathetic ear to Alice’s tales of her past. He turns her story into what we all know and love as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. As Alice gets older, she begins to forget her previous life in Wonderopolis until one fateful day when someone beloved from her past finds her and brings her back to her roots.
This book is a young adult fiction series, so it does have its corny moments, and some of the humor is either over the top, or just unoriginal. The twist of events of Alice to Alyss is a fun read, and the division of Alyssians and those loyal to Redd makes a nice play on politics and the instrinsic human traits of greed, survival and ambition.
FINAL GRADE: AThe Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor Puffin, 2007 ISBN 0142409413 400 pages
Book 2: Seeing Redd