AGE RANGE: 14-18
SUMMARY: A seventeen-year-old girl is chosen to be a Dreamwalker, one who travels to Wonderland to defeat the Nightmares, terrifying beasts who are created based on humanity’s fears. Although being a monster-fighting superhero seems fun, however, Alice must still juggle friends, family relationships, loss, and love. She must live her regular life alongside her heroism, and only her best friend knows about her double life. When Addison Hatta -her trainer, mentor and guardian of the gateway in the Looking Glass Pub - is attacked, her two worlds collide, and she must make choices that could save or end the world.
WHAT I LIKED: I really appreciated that McKinney showed Alice navigating both worlds. She was a superhero in some sense, but she also had to navigate her love life, dealing with her mother (while trying to hide this major secret), and going to school. I also loved the inclusivity. There are many Black and brown characters (including Alice), and there’s diversity in relationships - from platonic friendships to a Wonderland lesbian relationship. Lastly, I like that the Nightmares got stronger based on human fears, and a major fear factor was the murder of a Black girl by police. That incident created strong nightmares that were hard for Alice to defeat.
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