A little Alice in Wonderland + a new take on zombies = a great story! Alice in Zombieland is fun, sexy, witty, sarcastic and a tiny bit scary. Showalter has managed to create a new form of zombie, which in an age of zombie stories that is saying something. Sure her zombies eat people and if you are infected you will turn into one, but that is the only similarity to your regular zombie. These are spirit zombies who are not seen by normal people. Only a select few can see them. Doesn’t mean you can’t be eaten, you just can’t see what is eating you.
In this world we find Alice. Alice leads a sheltered life mainly because her dad refuses to let anyone in her family out after dark (the monsters might get you). But one night Alice convinces him to go out and tragedy strikes; her family is killed in a car wreck and then eaten by zombies. Alice goes to live with her grandparents and attends a whole new school. She meets Kat, who becomes her best friend, and Cole, the local bad boy who Ali is insanely attracted to. From Cole she learns more about the zombies and how to fight them. And she learns that they are not the only one interested in zombies. There are other factions out there that aren’t interested in killing the monsters but using them. Ali, Cole and the gang have to figure out what is going on and get out of it alive.
I devoured this book. The entire time I was reading it I was reminded of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. A smart, sarcastic, witty girl who is chosen for a special destiny; her gang of friends that helps her fight monsters; a hot guy with a past who may or may not be her soul mate. They even call themselves slayers! I loved Buffy and I love Alice. The comparison did not hurt this book in the least. Alice in Zombieland was just too fun and too new to put down. I can’t wait for the next installment of the White Rabbit Chronicles.