My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Although I haven’t watched or read the original Alice in Wonderland, and I am kinda newbie to this world. The retelling of the origin story of its main villain, queen of hearts, is just perfect without all that background knowledge.
We get to see the world through the eyes of a simple, cute girl, with simple dreams. But fate has more in store for her. An opportunity to become a queen isn’t exactly what she had hoped for her life. Instead, her dream was to open a bakery and live a life full of wonder and fulfillment. The way everything else plays out against her and the inevitable fate of becoming the queen of hearts press on her. Closing all other doors, one by one, Meyer does a great job of making her journey heart-touching and tragic.
The poor parental role, the seemingly beautiful but actually frustrating society. All going against her. It was a heart-touching and frustrating journey all at once. The hatred I felt for most of the characters was real.
The story seemed sagging at the middle, but the beginning was interesting and the end was just as brutal as the origin story of her ought to have been.
The only thing that frustrated me to no end was the role of the king. He seemed such a cardboard character. Even though his idiocy was showed intentionally, I had a hard time swallowing this character. And the character of her parents was pretty frustrating too. Though that was part of the story, but for peoples these days, they are kind of hard to even bear in a story.
The romantic interest was amazing as well. Jest is the kind of character that was easy to like and relate with. His backstory and characterization had the depth that I feel so much missing in the heroes these days.
Overall, a good story that I loved and adored at times, and hated because of the things happening inside it on others. That’s how Meyer made me feel, the story was active in adrenaline department as well. Kind of a nice breather for the author after the whole madness of Lunar chronicles.