High school student CeeCee Harper has special needs, a temper, and a reputation for trouble. Angry at the rumors and afraid she’ll never fit in, she makes a wrong move—and lands in the Byways, a world of alleys, magic, and forgotten people . . . some that aren’t even human. And if she doesn’t escape quickly, CeeCee learns, she’ll be trapped for good.
Searching for a way out, she gets lost among monsters, drug pushers, the homeless, and political upheaval, and soon finds there are those who will stop at nothing to keep her from leaving. But the Byways pull people in for a reason. CeeCee must figure out why she got stuck in the first place—before her loved ones are put in danger and she loses them forever.
A dark retelling of Alice in Wonderland meets Neverwhere, this contemporary fantasy will enchant Neil Gaiman and Christina Henry fans.
I’m always interested in a different take on well known fairy tales, especially those that can be more dark and twisty. Alice in Wonderland always seems to be a perfect medium for that so I was eager to pick this one up.
I really enjoyed this unique take and while CeeCee wasn’t always a likeable character, I found her to be genuine in her personality. I found the writing style to lend to the fantasy of the story but there were a few points where things felt a little inconsistent in the story because if felt like the overriding voice changed.
Overall this was a fun journey that I thoroughly enjoyed and I would definitely read from this author again.