Alice in the Country of Joker: Nightmare Trilogy 1: A Dream Before Dawn
I give this book ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ 3 stars, I liked it.
For those of you unfamiliar with this series here is a little background info. Alice in the Country of books are based on a japanese video game series. Alice was kidnapped by the White Rabbit and brought to the Country of Hearts. The Country of Hearts is very different than the world Alice is used to, some of the inhabitants have animal ears, some of them have faces that are hard to see, violence is everywhere, and life is not considered precious because everyone can be replaced. To return to her own world Alice has to fill a small vial, the vial fills with the medicine of heart every time she interacts with the strange inhabitants of the Country of Hearts. The vial was filled and Alice chose to stay with her new found friends. The Country of Hearts is a strange place and as soon as Alice got used to it everything changed and she found herself in the Country of Clover. Some of her friends were missing in Clover but there were new people around. Now in this series it is April Season and each area of the land is in a different season. All of her friends are back and there is a circus with the enigmatic Joker in charge.
Ok, background info out of the way, on to reviewing this actual book!
Alice has chosen to stay in Clover tower and has taken a job working for Nightmare. He is weak and sickly and avoids work as often as possible. The regular people in this world are scared of him but Alice thinks he is kind. Nightmare doesn't seem to mind other people being scared of him but he really wants to impress Alice. The results are disastrous for Nightmare but hilarious for the reader.
I really enjoy Nightmare as a
character. I was hoping to enjoy this series more. I was put off by
the sloppy art style compared to the other books in this same franchise.
There are small variations between the various series in this
franchise but most of them are more refined than this one. This one
relies more heavily on exaggerated expressions and chibizations than
some of the others. The story itself is still good and I am interested
to see where it goes. One other thing that bugged me is the cover
art/color pages; every other cover or color page that has had Nightmare
he has been shown with grey or blue-grey eyes and suddenly this one he
has red eyes. Not only did the artist not match with the other series,
but also failed to match his eyes with their own previous art.
That said; if you enjoy this franchise and like Nightmare you should pick this one up