Sometimes madness is overbearing and something seducing. It's appealing due to its forms and how everything and anything is possible with it, as it pushes boundaries and extends itself in universes. I think that's the main theme of this novel and that's what Alice in Wonderland kind of underlined.
The White rabbit always late, the Queen of Hearts whose solace is to cut heads off, the Mad hatter with his sick love of unbirthdays and tea. We're all familiar with this peculiar place where everyone's mad. But when a girl from a non-magical-land arrives there, will things ever be the same. And no, this isn't about Alice... Though I will say this female character is also from London.
Serving as a sequel to Blood in the Water, the storyline continues now in Wonderland and our beloved characters are back to make our heads spin and our hearts race.
The setting is clearly more explored here than in the first novel and the characters' development is a real pleasure as they leave their shells of origins to allow themselves to grow ( yes even, Peter Pan in a way).
Though our wicked lost boy is quite absent in this tale, he remains largely involved in many character's storylines, one of them being her green fairy friend Tinkerbell. Fairies are still a main part of the plot and they clash with the reasoning in a book where it isn't its main topic, which is close to Fridge's brilliance.
One thing that bothered me a bit was how some of the scenes from the animated feature were fully quoted but to correspond to Wendy. It wasn't lazy writing as it clearly provided a brilliant parallel with how Alice reacted to those events but I think it could have been done better. Then again, that's not a detail that took me out of the book!
* Tinkerbell really counterbalanced Pan's absence as her character can be as cunning as him, and her plan regarding Wendy was both awful and smart
* I honestly was bored that the Red Queen and the Queen of Hearts were mixed together in some adaptations... but here they are two separate characters with both interesting personalities and their sisterhood bound was actually believable.
Rating: 4 out of 5 red ( actually white) roses