07 February 2015

Wonderland by Rob Browatzke

 Boy Meets Boy. Boy Loses Boy.

Boy Goes to Wonderland…

After six months of hot-and-heavy dating, Alex is ready to say goodbye to the sex-drugs-and-dance-till-dawn lifestyle and settle down with the love of his life, Steven. He even bought an engagement ring. But when Steven finds an illicit party favor in Alex’s pocket, the powder hits the fan. Steven breaks it off, and Alex heads out to drown his sorrows—in Wonderland…

The hottest, hippest nightclub in town, Wonderland is where every boy’s dreams come true. Where the DJ, Hatter, spins the maddest tracks, the Caterpillar sells the trippiest drugs, and the Queen of Hearts sends every drag diva off with her head. Still, Alex can’t stop thinking about Steven—even while being seduced by a pair of twinks who are tweedlehot and tweedlehotter. Things only get weirder when Alex learns that Steven is missing—and an anonymous phone call warns him that he’ll never see Steven again…unless he eats this, drinks that, and dives deeper down the rabbit hole of decadence. This certainly isn’t just another weekend—in Wonderland…
This book is not really my type of book, but I thought I would give it a go. After all, I love Alice in Wonderland, and from the sound of the blurb, this author really warped it up. And he did.

In his version, Wonderland is a decadent nightclub, filled with every sort of sin you could imagine, and it makes it all okay. The problem for Alex (our protagonist, Alice) was that he was in love with Steven (‘owner of’ the white rabbit) and Steven wasn’t a fan of some of its vices. Like drugs. Since Alex bought some to help him get up the nerve to propose, he lost his boyfriend. Unfortunately, he just might lose him permanently.

I gave it four stars because the author did an incredible job of taking Alice in Wonderland and warping it wonderfully into this avant-garde world. Was it my type of book? No. Did I like the characters? I loved how the author drew them, but the characters themselves? No. In fact, at the end, I had to actually agree with one of the statements made by the bad guy. The gist of his words is ‘you can’t say you love someone and then go have sex with everything else that moves’. I’m in agreement with that. And quite honestly, Alex did not have a lot to recommend him. I won’t tell you what happened at the end of the book, but I will tell you it didn’t really happen the way I would have liked. I’m hoping- even though I have no plans to read the next book- that a certain someone wakes up and walks away. I’m just not sure Alex can be saved from the crazy lifestyle he keeps jumping into.

This is not a romance, no matter how much Alex and Steven’s relationship is brought up. It’s a wonky trip through Wonderland. Prepare for the unexpected.


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