I was rooting for After Alice, I really was. I thought it had pretty good potential at the start, but damn it if it went downhill fast and didn’t redeem itself at all even as the book came to a close.
Unlike the magic of Gregory Maguire’s Wicked, the familiar characters of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland just fell flat. And there were no likeable characters at all. Ada, possibly the main protagonist as she is the one to fall into Wonderland, is kind of bland; Lydia is annoying; Ms Armstrong exasperating; and Mr Winters, inserted into the story as the token cute boy, perhaps, is rather flakey.
I honestly regretted picking this book up, and it is only my stubbornness to give every book a chance that didn’t cause me to chuck it into the bin. Plus, I got a couple of quotes from it though, so at least there’s that.