Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen. Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans. In her first stand-alone teen novel, the New York Times-bestselling author dazzles us with a prequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Heatless By Marrissa Meyer is a take on Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol. But it is not about Alice, it takes place before the events with Alice and her adventure. Instead it tells the story of the Red Queen, before she became the Queen we know from the story. This is the story of a simple girl who wants to open a bakery. This is the story of Catherine, Cath.
I Don’t know what it was that first drew me to this book, I had read the other books by Meyer, the Lunar Chronicles, and loved them. I had read another book about Alice in Wonderland and enjoyed it a lot, I loved the cover art on this book, though it was simple. I read this book in one day just over twelve hours it took me to finish this book. I loved Cath character and how she responded to what was happening to her, she wanted a simple life owning a bakery and making people happy, but her parents wanted more for her they wanted her to be queen. Cath had caught the attention of the Red King, the short man whom Cath does not really care for.
The way each character is introduced to the book is another thing I really enjoyed, it wasn’t rushed of over explained, or even quickly explained, they were introduced in a way that made sense to the story and they direction it was going. following Cath as she goes to the dance and interacts with the people there and meets new people and then her story with Jest, and the Raven, the Hatter and Rabbit. Their journey into becoming the characters we know.
With a book like this one though, a sequel to a book that has already been written (and by another author) there is already a cannon ending to her story, one that every one who has read it knows, we know what Cath becomes, we just didn’t know why, with Heartless, we are given a possible reason why she became, the Red Queen that is angry and not loving, who screams “off with Their Head” and anyone that displeases her. I love this book it is well told and yet still holds true to the original tale the Lewis Carrol wrote while being it’s own story.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes wonderland or reimagining of classic tales or just to someone who wants to read a new book. Marrissa Meyer is an author who can relate to the fans of original stories who also want new story but also want something new that is still the original tale at the same time, she is a wonderful author who knows how to write well and stay true to the tale she is writing without making it to far from the original and yet still close to the original story to recognize what it is emulating.