I was a huge fan of Cinder and also Splintered, so this book was an obvious choice for me. An origin story set in the world of Alice in Wonderland by one of my favorite Young Adult authors? Yes, please. I went in with incredibly high expectations, which always makes me a bit nervous, because where is there to go but down? But I loved this book even more than I expected to. Marissa Meyer has done an exquisite job of taking a world we know and love and making it her own, while not taking away from the familiar narrative. This book is for fans of Alice in Wonderland, as well as any YA classic retellings. It is fabulous.— Anna Brown- RWA Steffie Walker Bookseller of the Year- Katy Budget Books
From Marissa Meyer, the #1 New York Times–bestselling story of Wonderland's most notorious villain: the Queen of Hearts.
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 Heartless, 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 is the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of the Renegades Trilogy, The Lunar Chronicles series, the Wires and Nerve graphic novels, and The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book. Her first standalone novel, Heartless, was also a #1 New York Times bestseller. Marissa created and hosts a podcast called The Happy Writer. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and their two daughters.
#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 Carroll’s Queen of Hearts, tracing her arc from a teen with dreams of owning a bakery into a murderous madwoman.”—People magazine
"The author’s 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 Meyer’s 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