Original Title: A Whole New World
Year Published: 2015
Published by: Disney Press
Number of Pages: 384
First Sentence: “A high white moon cast its light on the city below as brightly as the sun was said to shine in northern countries.“
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Welcome to a new YA series that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways. Each book asks the question: What if one key moment from a familiar Disney film was changed? This dark and daring version of Aladdin twists the original story with the question: What if Jafar was the first one to summon the Genie?
When Jafar steals the Genie’s lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish.To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed Princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war.
What happens next? A Street Rat becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And readers will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.
This was such a clever idea. Take an old very loved story and change one aspect of it. It created a new amazing story. Braswell has definitely managed to create something that feels new and exciting and I look forward to reading the other books in this series (I already own them). It could have ended in disaster but thankfully it didn’t.
If you have watched Aladdin, then you know these characters, and if you haven’t you should go watch it immediately. What is different here is how the characters develop. Yes, Aladdin and Jasmine meet just like they did in the movie. However, everything after that is different. This means that the characters evolve in different ways and also become more interesting than they did in the film.
The plot of this book made the original story grittier and darker than the original story, which I as an adult definitely appreciated. I loved and still loved the original Disney story, but reading that same type of story now as an adult would not have been as great as this darker version.
The reason as to why I did not give this book a 5 of 5 was because the pacing was somewhat off at times and therefore didn’t manage to completely keep me captivated by the story all the way through.
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I do!