Sunday, November 14, 2010

Book Review: The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

I was wandering through the Juvenile section of the library here on campus and I came across one of the best trilogies I have ever read. The fist book is called The Looking Glass Wars, followed by Seeing Redd, and the trilogy concludes with Arch Enemy. Beddor's books are loosely based off Alice in Wonderland, but almost all the details are unique. Wonderland is a world separate from earth, but there is no rabbit hole connecting the two, rather there is a puddle to pool connection. Princess Alyss is heir to the throne when her evil and banished Aunt Redd attacks Wondertropolis to take back what is "rightfully hers." The books follow Alyss as she gets lost on earth for 13 years and has to potentially return to Wonderland to bring White Imagination back to conquer Redd and her Black Imagination followers. Alyss has some quirky friends including an albino tutor, a General who can split himself into two, and a Milliner with a deadly top hat who stand by her side through all the craziness in Wonderland. I was amazed with how creative Beddor was with this trilogy. His ideas and writing are extremely impressive. Sometimes he plays with words, which shows his knowledge as a writer. I highly recommended these books to anyone.
My favorite quote from this whole series: "but what, I ask you, is imagination if not the potential for betterment?" (Arch Enemy, 365).

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