An incredibly well-done portrayal of how the maniacal head-chopping Queen of Hearts came to be. When you begin reading this, it seems wholly impossible that the hopeful, optimistic, kind baker you're introduced to will one day become that cold-hearted living terror. The story ensues, filled with silly adventure, a true mystery, delectable food, maddeningly clever Alice in Wonderland references, a love interest to rival all loves, and so much more, slowly but surely shaping her. This is not only an exciting page-turner, it is eye-opening: Who could you become depending on the circumstances? Are there really bad versus good or sane versus crazy people? Or do all the little things that happen to fall one way or another accumulate to bring out those attributes? To leave us... heartless?— From Zazu's Past Picks 2
The #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestseller that Gregory Maguire (Wicked and After Alice) calls "full of heart."
Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, 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.
About the Author
Marissa Meyer's first book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list. Marissa lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and their three cats.
#1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller!
A Publishers Weekly Bestseller!
"In Heartless, the nonsense that is Wonderland gets a reverential makeover, full of heart and its own idiosyncratic character."--Gregory Maguire, WICKED and AFTER ALICE
What Gregory Maguire did for the Wicked Witch, Meyer does for Lewis Carrolls Queen of Hearts, tracing her arc from a teen with dreams of owning a bakery into a murderous madwoman.People magazine
"The authors best fantasy yet. ...Meyer has woven all the elements of darkness and light, fate and free will, and love and hatred into an unforgettable story of the evolution of the Red Queen from a young girl who dreamed of true love and freedom to a madwoman best remembered for the phrase 'Off with his head.' If you only read one fractured fairy tale this year, make it Heartless. A must-have title.--School Library Journal, starred review
Praise for Marissa Meyers Lunar Chronicles series:
#1 New York Times Bestselling Series
USA Today Bestseller
Publishers Weekly Bestseller
A mash-up of fairy tales and science fiction . . . a cross between Cinderella, The Terminator,and Star Wars. Entertainment Weekly
Prince Charming among the cyborgs. The Wall Street Journal
Terrific. Los Angeles Times
A binge-reading treat. MTV
Marissa Meyer rocks the fractured fairy tale genre. The Seattle Times
Epic . . . Breathtaking. Teen Vogue
Utterly thrilling. Publishers Weekly
Wonderfully addictive. Buzzfeed