Title: The Madder Hatter
Author: Cassandra Kemper
Published Date: March 14th 2014
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Still haunted by Alice’s disappearance over twenty years later, Abner is an unpleasant moody adult. He despises everything that is even remotely mad, including his late father, the Mad Hatter.
Abner doesn’t take the insane asylums in the Kingdom of Hearts seriously. However, when the queen deems him “evilly” mad, he flees in order to live out the rest of his days alone and unbothered. At least, that is his original plan, before an old (yet new) friend joins him during his travels. Abner is not only saved from himself, but he is given the strength and courage to search for the last person who made him feel happy: Alice.
I was a fan of Lewis Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland as a child, and my favourite film adaptation was with Jonny Depp as the Mad Hatter
description isn’t he fab!
So when I had the opportunity to read this and also Book 2 (review to come soon) I grabbed the chance, and I can say, Cassandra has done a great job in creating a ‘What happened next’, story with her descriptive prose giving my imagination plenty of information to create a world where I could escape back to that enchantment of my childhood, with a more adult tale.
I guess some could say this is just ‘fan fiction’ – but I have based this review on the context of the book, and I am not going to get into the debate about fan fiction etc.
So all I can say to those who have not read this – If you are wanting to read a book that’s based on Lewis Caroll’s ‘Wonderland’ then you will enjoy this tale. I DID.
The story is based 20 years into Wonderland’s future and the Mad Hatter’s son Abner doesn’t take the death and subsequent inheritance of his fathers estate very well.
When the new Queen of Heart’s tries to lock him up in the ‘Wonderland asylum’, he realise’s he must get away, he decides to go on a quest he gave up on long ago… TO FIND ALICE.
What’s I liked about this tale was the fact that at first I didn’t know what was going to happen, or how Abner had got to be so ‘Cray-Cray’, but as you read, you are given pieces of the puzzle of how Abner has ended up being bitter, twisted and totally alone.
While on his quest, Abner crosses paths with the Cheshire Cat, he is familiar to Abner, yet not quite the same floating cat he knew of as a child. Cheshire is now on his fifth life after having come to an unexpected demise on the day Abner inherited his fathers and the White Rabbit’s Shop.
Cheshire decides to join Abner on his quest after deciding Abner will need some help keeping out of the Queen of Hearts and her soldiers clutches.
And they certainly do get into a few scrapes along the way.
I personally enjoyed the story and it made me “curiouser and curiouser” and as I got to the end of the book I was ready to jump straight into the second book to find out how Abner and Cheshire fare after their bid to secure passage to find Alice ends up with some unforeseen consequences.
I hope I have peaked your interest with my ‘non spoiler’ review. I know I would be happy to recommend this to my Grandson in a year or two.
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