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“Let me tell you a story.
I stumbled on the promotional website for this book some many months before its release while I was looking for Alice themed anything. I had just finished replaying some of American McGee's Alice, a computer game, and was in the mood for more. I cannot express how delighted I was, with such a slick website, even if it was in progress, a wonderful couple of demo songs (Hypnogaja's in particular), and seemingly fantastic reviews of effort from various sources that I guess knew Beddor or had read drafts.
I immediately purchased the CD at least, and set down to eagerly await the release of the novel. My sister was in Sweden as a researcher, and I asked her to please buy and mail me the British release, which was earlier then the American, and was the first release. I prefer books as they're written, not as publishers think we readers need them modified.
I read the book on the plane to California for a convention.
I was a fool.
There may be a great many people who very much enjoyed this book. Perhaps my first mistake was that it was actually written for Young Adult readers. Unfortunately that was the only mistake I was responsible for.
As it is written, the turns of phrases are unexceptional, and word choice is simplistic at best. The characters, true to Beddor's roots, feel one-dimensional like 1-and-a-half-hour cinema knock offs. They just don't grow, except in the most necessary to move the plot along ways. And the plot....the plot that follows a young Alyss through the contrived death of her loving (insert cinematic scene of King's last words/thoughts being of his wife) parents through her emo beginnings as a street child. Then off to be adopted by a family that only, and strictly, wants the best for her. I could go on, but suffice to say that the plot belonged to a episode of some show written by Joss Whedon: interesting if you turn your brain off and just want to watch a half-hearted remix of archetypes and situations you've already seen a hundred times before. Possibly on a fanfiction board.
I do not, under any circumstances, recommend this book....unless it for the purpose of learning how not to write. I regret the money that was spent on it and I'll never get those three hours of my life back. Neither do I relish the fact that now that I've read it, I can't unread it.”
Audion V wrote this review Friday, February 29, 2008.