Insanity by Cameron Jace
First of all, I absolutely loved this book.
Secondly, this book was very strange, but also intriguing. The conversation throughout can be very confusing, but once you get over the weirdness, it is a really interesting story. It is definitely one of those stories that gets your mind going in various directions.
Alice is depicted in a very modern way and leaves the reader wondering if she really was the “Alice” that we all know and love or whether she was just genuinely insane and making it all up. Honestly, after finishing the book, I’m not quite sure whether she is “mad” or not, but I think that is what the author intended for the reader to get from it.
All of the other characters are absolutely crazy as well (Pillar, Jack, Cheshire Cat, and the White Queen). It really added to the madness of the story since some of the characters were actually certifiably crazy. One of my favorite things was being introduced or figuring out who the modern day versions of the classic characters were. A lot of the characters go back and forth between being good and/or bad and I absolutely loved that character development. Some of the characters you want to hate, but just can’t seem to do it.
It was definitely different then any other interpretation of Alice in Wonderland that I have ever read and I have read quite a few because Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite books and movies. I wouldn’t consider it to be a re-telling since Jace creates his own world for the classic characters, but there are tons of references to the original novel by Lewis Carroll and even references to the author himself throughout the entire book.
It is definitely worth a read for people who enjoy quirkiness, oddities, and the all around fantastical world that is created by Cameron Jace.
Personally, I would have liked to see more of the Mad Hatter, but maybe a similar character will appear in Jace’s additional books of this series, which I can’t wait to read.
The cover art is also amazing and attracted me to the book at first.