After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though. Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, a secret organization whose members confirm that famous stories are anything but straightforward and that what she knows about the world is only a fraction of the truth.
It’s there she discovers villains are afoot—ones who want to shelve the lives of countless beings. Assigned to work with the mysterious and alluring Finn, Alice and the rest of the Collectors’ Society race against a doomsday clock in order to prevent further destruction . . . but will they make it before all their endings are erased?
When I read the blurb to Heather Lyons’ Collectors Society, I knew I had to pick up the book. I mean, Alice from Alice in Wonderland as an adult, transported to a modern day New York secret society in order to save literary characters? Hell yes.
And you know what? The book was interesting. The author’s take on famous childhood characters, and how their personalities might have changed as adults, was refreshing and fun.
The Collector’s Society was surprisingly gritty and dark. The cultural aspects of Wonderland, while always a little on the creepy side in the novels, was taken to whole new levels of discomfort in this Alice’s reality (Can you say Mad Hatter orgies, anyone?). It was exciting to see how young Alice turned out after growing up in such a bizarre and hedonistic world.
And yet…something was missing. All the elements of an intriguing story were there. However, the inertia, the force that compels me to keep reading all night and not put the book down until my need for a bathroom becomes dire, was missing.
This book was enjoyable. The plot was definitely creative, and the characters were interesting and unique. And yet…my interest was not quite captured.
However, to be fair, The Collector’s Society is the first book in its series. Sometimes authors need a little experience to pull all the pieces together.
Overall, this was a very promising book that has potential as a series. While not my favorite, it is definitely worth a read for those who are looking for something a little bit different in the urban fantasy genre than the typical werewolves and vampires.