Alice in Deadland by Mainak Dhar

If you’re a big fan of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and a fan of zombies I highly recommend you get a copy of Alice in Deadland by Mainak Dhar.

Alice has spent her entire life in Deadland, a land where it’s humans vs. zombies. Her education has consisted of learning how to kill zombies, also known as “biters”, through any means possible, and she’s pretty damn good at it. At fifteen years old, she’s one of the best in her town and fending off the biters.

One day, while sitting with her sister a little away from town, she watches as a biter wearing rabbit ears disappears down a hole. Jumping into action, Alice follows it and finds herself trapped in a new world where zombies are chasing her down. Before they can change her or destroy her, though, they realize she resembles a drawing scribbled on one of the walls: a blonde girl falling down a hole.

Captured, the zombies take her to their queen who is half human, half zombie. The Queen begins to open Alice’s eyes to who the zombies really are and she begins to question all her teaching. Are the zombies really blood thirsty killers or are they just misunderstood?

Originally only in e-book format, Alice in Deadland can now be found in paperback through I originally found it while looking for another e-book through Amazon. Reading through the first page I fell in love immediately. It was one of the most creative ideas for a zombie story I had ever heard of. There are a few typos, but nothing that will distract the reader from the story. It also becomes very strange and doesn’t fully follow the Alice in Wonderland storyline, which isn’t all bad. It’s nice that Dhar didn’t take the entire story from Carroll and just add zombies. A lot of the characters are similar and the actual story Alice in Wonderland plays a major role in the book, but that’s as close as it gets.

Grade: A-

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