The Sky Isn’t the Limit Anymore
The Looking Glass Wars by: Frank Beddor
A caterpillar that smokes from pipes and eats tarty-tarts is only the beginning of Frank Beddor’s first book in his trilogy The Looking Glass Wars. Many of us are familiar with the infamous fairy tale of Alice who stumbles upon a hole that leads her to Wonderland and meets strange characters like the Cheshire Cat and others. Now there are many differences in Beddor’s tale; not only is the Cat an assassin with nine lives but Alice-the character we grew up knowing-has a different name, Alyss Heart. She is a young girl whose kingdom of Wonderland is taken over by her blood thirsty and cruel Aunt Redd, who is truly the incarnation of evil. This book is one with many gory battles, sad deaths, and is a mouthful of gwormy worms because of its unforgettable characters. Alyss’s parents-whom are both assassinated by Redd-are the type of parents who truly love their daughter. Alyss is 1 percent child and 99 percent goof. She does not fully understand her role as princess and is forced into fleeing her Queendom and entire world to escape Redd’s wrath. She is taken by Hatter Madigan, personal guard of the Queen and gets separated in England. Alyss now has to grow out of her childish nature and do many things, and each of them is near impossible. She must…somehow find Hatter in a whole new world that she is not familiar with; survive in a surrounding unfamiliar to her; find a way back to her own world; and train her imagination so that she can fight Redd. Yes, you heard right. Imagination. No longer are conventional weapons such as guns and bombs needed when you can simply imagine the most deadly weapons in a second. You can even pull a prank on a random bystander just by thinking it true, which was usually done by Alyss. ‘"It'd be more fun if it had fountains of water coming out of it," Alyss said, and immediately the hoop was spurting water from tiny holes all along its surface, the surprised inventor...
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