A retelling of Alice in Wonderland… or maybe this is the back story come to life.
Fun, I’ll probably read the next to see how it goes.
Time passes very quickly in the middle of the book – Alyss goes from being seven years old, to eighteen, without much feeling of transition. I’m not sure I bought into her betrothal to Queen Victoria’s younger son, but I suppose that’s why the disbelief needs to be suspended.
The moments that stand out are when Alyss makes her own face appear on all the billboards instead of Redd’s. That suddenly gave me a cinematic view of how that would work, very nice. On the other hand, it’s a bad sign that this one visual flash stood out!
I also liked the scene where Dodge dances with Alyss at the masquerade.
All in all, it’s very driven by plot. It’s a strong plot, so it’s worth going along for the ride.