Thank you to Netgalley, Penguin Random House UK and Ebury Publishing for allowing me to read and review this ARC. This is my honest and unbiased opinion of Alice in Brexitland.
The current hot topic in the UK is BREXIT, especially with a general election looming in early June.
I thought that this parody mimicking Alice in Wonderland, transposed with our views/news on Brexit makes this book an amusing and entertaining inventory of events. It’s especially funny to see the politicians, etc., being portrayed as Wonderland characters.
I think that, in the current political situation, we could do with a light hearted take on events and this book does that. I thought that it was cleverly written and clearly depicted those involved in Brexit in an amusing way. However, you will not be left feeling any better about leaving the EU if you voted to Remain.
Each chapter leads Alice to meet a new character. David Cameron is depicted as the rabbit leading Alice into Wonderland. Jeremy Corbyn is the Caterpillar, who sits on a toadstool smoking his hookah and being no help to anyone; Humpty Trumpty, perched on a wall hat he wants the Mexicans to pay for; the Cheshire Tw*t, who likes to disappear leaving only his grin, a pint, and the smell of scotch eggs remaining; and the terrifying Queen of Heartlessness, who’ll take off your head if you dare question her plan for Brexit. Will Alice ever be able to find anyone who speaks sense?
The pictures are really well drawn and the artist is very talented at accurately capturing the personality of the real intermingled with the fantasy of these characters.
This book is cleverly written political satire. It’s a short read and portrays the characters well. The story follows similarly to Alice in Wonderland, even including the tea party. By the end, Alice in Brexitland is very frustrated by the characters, which is probably how most of us feel. I really enjoyed the book and I think you will too.
This book deserves a fun.