Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be 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. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, & monsters, fate has other plans.
Rebecca Soler is a film and voiceover actress who won a 2016 Audie Award for her part in the narration of Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan. Her audiobook credits include work by Judy Blume, James Patterson, and, of course, The Lunar Chronicles. Her Cheshire Cat is to die for. She brings to life all of the beloved characters from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in ways that you couldn’t have even imagined hearing them, but they’re everything you could have ever hoped for. And Marissa does such fun things with the characters from Lewis Carroll’s works that any fan of Wonderland will be delighted; this was clearly a project of pure passion. Meyer plays with Hatter’s famous riddle, “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?” and says in her author’s note that she would like to think that her Raven is actually THE Raven of the Edgar Allan Poe classic, bringing a little extra for her literature-loving listeners.
This is a must-listen audiobook for any fan of Wonderland, classics or great YA lit in general. Lunartics should rejoice in this wonderful addition to Meyer’s works, but you don’t have to take our word for it:
“When you’ve been in a world for probably as many years as [Marissa] was in [the Lunar Chronicles]—creating it, writing it, then releasing it and doing press—I’m sure that there were other projects she was itching to do. I really feel like, especially in Heartless, you can see that [in the book]. It’s almost like an unapologetic departure from our beloved characters in the Lunar Chronicles.”—Rebecca Soler
Watch Rebecca reading an excerpt of Heartless here!