This time we are all taking a trip down the rabbit hole as we talk about Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter. Alice is just a normal girl with a somewhat crazy dad. He thinks he sees monsters that are going to eat you wandering around at night. Normally this would be fine, but it’s Alice’s birthday and all she wants is to go to her little sister’s dance rehearsal.
The only problem is the dance rehearsal ends after dark, which is against her dad’s rules, but miracles of miracles Alice talks her dad into letting the whole family go. The night was going perfectly until the ride home. When Alice wakes up in the hospital, she is an orphan. She lost her parents and her little sister. Alice ,who now goes by Ali, moves in with her grandparents and tries to put her life back together.
Everything is fine until she starts to see the monsters her dad was afraid of. Ali fears she is going crazy. New house, new school, new life, new craziness. When Ali meets Cole, she starts seeing visions of kissing him, a boy she has never met. This is a whole new type of crazy for Ali. The monster visions start to get worse, and then she discovers she might not be the only person to see the monsters. Cole might see the monsters too. If Cole can see the monsters, does that mean that Ali is sane?
Gena Showalter weaves an amazing take on Alice in Wonderland with a twist. Alice in Zombieland is one wild ride.
— Sabrina Parr, Poetry Editor