“I really didn't want to read this. I hate zombies. But it's a Flume nominee, so I felt that I had to give it a try. I liked it. It's a different take on zombies, and while still cringeworthy, I didn't mind, due to the interpersonal relationships between the characters. I cared so much about what was going to happen with them that it was difficult to not read straight through, and I kept sneaking the book out of my purse to read a page here or there when I had a second!”Kirsten C wrote this review Monday, March 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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Alice in Zombieland è il primo romanzo di una serie per adolescenti, The White Rabbit Chronicles, della già nota autrice di paranomal romance per adulti, Gena Showalter.
La protagonista, Alice Bell, è una normale sedicenne, se non fosse che non può uscire di casa dopo il tramonto o avvicinarsi ai cimiteri per ordine del padre che vuole proteggere la famiglia dai mostri che vede soltanto lui. Alice è convinta che sia pazzo. Finalmente, la sera del suo compleanno, riesce a convincere i genitori ad uscire per assistere al saggio di danza della sorellina Emma.
Quello che Alice non sa è che la sua vita sta per subire un drastico e brutale cambiamento. In un tragico incidente d'auto, Alice perde tutta la sua famiglia. La sua vita è completamente stravolta e,come se non bastasse, da quel momento inizia a vedere i mostri che vedeva suo padre. Gli zombie sono reali.
Viene catapultata in una realtà dove niente sarà più come prima. Affidata ai nonni materni, si ritrova in una nuova casa, in una nuova città e in una nuova scuola. Alla Asher High School, conosce Cole Holland, il ragazzo peggiore della scuola. Bello, dagli occhi viola e pericoloso, fin da subito i due scoprono una particolare "attrazione" che li lega. A capo di una misteriosa banda di ragazzi definiti da tutti pericolosi e selvaggi, sarà Cole a insegnare ad Alice come combattere e l'accompagnerà nella terra degli zombie.
Prima di iniziare Alice in Zombieland, ero convinta si trattasse di una rivisitazione del classico Alice nel paese delle Meraviglie di Lewis Carroll in chiave post-apocalittica condita da qualche storia d'amore adolescenziale che mi avrebbe fatto storcere il naso come la maggior parte degli YA.
Fin dalla prima pagina mi sono dovuta ricredere. In realtà si è rivelato un romanzo in cui fantasy, horror, mistero e romanticismo si fondo fino a creare una storia originale, che riesce a conquistare il lettore. Grazie anche ai suoi personaggi. A partire dalla coraggiosa e caparbia protagonista, Alice, fino all'affascinante e misterioso Cole, l'unico che riesce a tenerle testa.
"Avete ragione. L'altra sera ero a cena con Carl lo Zombie. Niente di complicato, bistecche al sangue e una bella bottiglia di A positivo. Mi ha raccontato tutti i suoi segreti, ma per vostra sfortuna gli ho promesso che non li avrei rivelati a nessuno. In cambio gli ho chiesto di radunare i suoi migliori amici non-morti e di darmi la caccia nel giardino della mia amica. E, certo, che andava benissimo se volevano utilizzarmi come buffet, perchè avere gli organi interni ormai è cosi fuori moda"
Senza dimenticare i personaggi secondari, come l'esuberante Kat, migliore amica di Ali, dall'irrefrenabile sarcasmo, Mackenzie Love, ex ragazza di Cole, tutti gli altri ragazzi della banda e i nonni materni di Alice, un'inesauribile fonte di risate. Ma anche i "cattivi" riescono a farsi spazio pian piano.
"Ali, Ali, Ali," disse Kat facendo schioccare la lingua. "Non tenere il broncio. Hai preso la decisione migliore. Una volta Cole ha mangiato un chilo di chiodi arrugginiti per poi sostenere sapessero di lacrime d'unicorno e polvere di fata. Seriamente. Io c'ero."
Gena Showalter è riuscita a creare dei personaggi a cui ci si affeziona immediatamente.
Riprende solo degli elementi dall'originale di Lewis Carroll, per poi trasformarli e inserirli nel punto giusto e al momento giusto della storia (come i titoli dei capitoli, ad esempio), dando così al romanzo "quel tocco in più" che di certo non guasta.
Alice in Zombieland si è rivelata una lettura coinvolgente, con una storia imprevedibile che mi ha tenuta incollata fino all'ultima pagina. Il ritmo è incalzante, la tensione alta dall'inizio alla fine, ma viene anche lasciato ampio spazio alle emozioni. Dalle grandi risate scaturite dai dialoghi dei nonni, al romanticismo degli incontri di Alice e Cole (a parte all'inizio in cui prevale la "prepotenza" di lui), fino alle emozioni più tristi nel momento del lutto e del dolore.
Ho inoltre apprezzato moltissimo la scelta della casa editrice di mantenere la cover originale, apportando solo dei lievi cambiamenti.
Con colpi di scena finali e nuove domande, non ci resta che attendere il seguito di questa coinvolgente storia per continuare insieme ad Alice e agli altri protagonisti il viaggio attraverso Zombieland.
Una storia originale, coinvolgente, dove anche gli zombie riusciranno ad affascinarvi.
“I love the tension between Alice and Cole. I was hoping we would get a little more about Alice's parents thourghout the story, but hopefully more will be made clear in book two "Through the Zombi Glass". I want to know more about the journal and its author, and more about Mackenzie and Coles former romance. I really hope Kat doesn't die before the series is over, but based on the characters health and how we come to learn about it, I will probably have to say goodbye to her sooner rather than later. As for our antagonist Justin and his twin sister Jaclyn, I wasnt all that happy with the explanation of how their company deals with the zombies. Hopefully book 2 will describe things better and allow the reader to form their own opinion on why "the suits" are bad. Or better still, what exactly it is they do when it comes to letting zombies be inside people. Over all a good read. SLow to begin, but after that first look with Cole things get exciting. ”Prouters wrote this review Thursday, March 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Listened to it on Audiobook. Really good story! Not what I was expecting but it surprised me in a good way. Can't wait for the 2nd one.”Keri Matranga wrote this review Wednesday, February 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Uneven yarn about a girl who survives a car crash that kills her parents and little sister, goes to live with her grandparents and then gets pulled into a war against zombies. Weird mix of sadness, romance and supernatural, reminiscent of the Mara Dyer books, but not as smoothly written. And the Alice parallel is too contrived to work.”BE Kelley wrote this review Wednesday, February 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Could not get into it. As far as I got (not much) I couldn't understand why her dad was the only one seeing zombies. Tried to stick with it to find out, but ugh, couldn't. ”Richfield Library wrote this review Tuesday, February 5, 2013. ( reply | view 1 replies | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“a good start..nearly cried”Janai H wrote this review Friday, January 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ I felt a little tricked by this book. First, it takes place in my home state, which is quite rare in YA lit. Second, it has nothing to do with Alice in Wonderland. I really thought this was going to be like Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. But it wasn’t. And I still loved it.
The author takes no time grooming her reader into the world of monsters. Nope. We are thrown right into the mix. What is portrayed as a mentally ill father actually turns out to be quite correct. There are monsters, but not everyone can see them. The years he has spent keeping his family safe are all for naught in a single moment. That’s all it takes.
And Alice is to blame. After all, she is the one who convinces the family to step out, and they are unable to return home before dark. Reading their death was heartbreaking, but what a powerful way to open the novel and to introduce us to what Alice will become. It is her guilt that drives her. Or is it her destiny? Both? Yes. I am going with both.
I really enjoyed this book—all elements. From the plot to the character development. I thought the book itself was paced quite nicely. My heart was pumping when it needed to, but it was also allowed time to rest and renew, which is important to me when I read zombie tales. Yes, I am a wimp, and I don’t care who knows it. I love zombies, but I do not love the gore they tend to leave behind.
The characters of this novel are what made it a fun read for me. They were clever and kick-ass. Kat was my favorite “minor” character because she really brought out the best in Alice. Loyalty is her middle name in this book. She stands by Alice, even when Alice cannot share her darkest secret. When Kat is on the page, watch out. She will pelt you with clever dialogue, dagger eyes, and true friendship to Alice when Alice needs it the most. I feel that the author saved all the best lines for Kat, and I am okay with that.
I absolutely loved Alice’s character. She really wants to do what is right, avenge her family, no matter the cost. Even if it means it will cost her life.
She wants to train to be a zombie killer, and she will not take no for an answer. She can feel that it is her destiny. She asks questions, is curious, and really wants to learn. But she is torn. After the death of her parents, she is living with her grandparents. How will they take to her new life? So she keeps it secret. As a result, she becomes the typical "bad" teenager who needs rules and boundaries. Sometimes sharing the most dangerous secret with those you love is the way to go. And sometimes it is not. I liked the way the author addressed this and tried to create a balance. This is something a lot of teens struggle with: balance (just, minus the zombies. I hope).
Alice's first battle scene is by accident. She is in the wrong place at the wrong time. And of course she won't listen to Cole. She is strong minded and stubborn. She wants answers. She deserves answers. She believes Cole is the one with those answers.
Her training sessions were a lot of fun to read because they were full of sweat, trash talk, and drama. Alice is not the only one with her eye on Cole, and this brings tension within the zombie fighters. There is a scene with a treadmill that elicited a giggle from me because (1) it was ridiculous plausible and (2) it was a fight. Who doesn't love reading a good fight, especially between two girls?
Her fights with the zombies were an interesting take on zombie battles, different from what I’ve read in the past and seen in movies. Her heart and soul were in every battle, thirsty for more. Or were those the zombies?
And where would our story be without a hero? Cole. He was steaming up the pages. His “bad boy” image was made of legends. It reminded me of Patrick Verona in 10 Things I Hate About You. If you have seen that movie and enjoyed Verona, you will love Cole. They have the same level of likeability while still being mysterious.
Cole is a nice compliment to Alice. When he first appeared on the page, I was not too sure what to think of him. Based on what the book jacket, I knew he was going to be an important player within the plot. He was. And is. And the chemistry he has with Alice is hot. Yep. Hot. That is about all I can say about Cole without ruining important plot points, but I look forward to seeing where the author will take him in the next book.
As a whole work, I really this novel. While it was not what I originally expected, it was a delightful surprise. I read it in a day because I could not put it down. I wanted to know where the author was going to take me—well, technically Alice—next and how she was going to develop the world of zombie killers.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is unsure of zombie storytelling. It is an intriguing look into that world without being gross and gory. It offered just enough suspense to keep readers engaged and turning the page. I did not find an element of the storytelling that lulled, not even a little bit. ”
“Different, very Mortal Instruments, but darker, a little too much romance for my taste too.”Zombie Katie wrote this review Sunday, January 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. Probably because I'd already heard all the mixed reviews. I knew it wasn't a take off on the actual "Alice" story. I enjoyed the twist Showalter put on the zombie tale and the characters she created to combat these new monsters. Cole is delicious, and I can't wait to learn more about Ali's mysterious gifts. I will definitely be continuing this series.”Tish wrote this review Friday, January 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No