By: A.G. Howard
Overall: 4 1/2 out of 5 Stars
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK!
Splintered is book one in the series by A.G. Howard. It was a unique and modern re-telling of Alice in Wonderland. It is so unique that it almost is completely separate from the Alice in Wonderland world that I know and love, which is a really good thing. This book is wonderful in every way.
One of the main characters, Alyssa, is a descendent of Alice Liddell (the original Alice that inspired Lewis Caroll) and all of the women in her family are cursed with madness or insanity once they hit puberty. To make that evident, Alyssa’s mother is in a mental asylum for trying to kill Alyssa when she was younger. Alyssa is a rebel and a skater girl with dyed hair and crazy clothing styles. She was very likable and different as a character and you always wanted her to succeed.
Alyssa has dreams of a boy (that she has been having since she was a child) that causes her to “fall down the rabbit hole” into a darker and stranger version of Wonderland. Once she is in Wonderland, she meets Morpheus (love him) and he is the guy from her dreams. Morpheus is sarcastic, rude, and absolutely fantastic. Morpheus is a stark contrast from Alyssa’s main love interest, Jeb. Jeb is her best friend who stubbornly follows her down the rabbit hole.
Jeb annoyed me from the beginning. He was too overprotective and too controlling to be likable (I am a sucker for the bad boy though which is why Morpheus did it for me.) I also didn’t like the choices Alyssa made when Jeb was around her, once she was on her own she made decisions that reflected her own intentions rather than those of Jeb.
The characters that Alyssa/Jeb meet in Wonderland are definitely reflective of the original characters from Carroll’s novel, except Howard’s version is way more twisted and corrupt. It is remarkable how creepy the creatures of Wonderland are.
The plot was very interesting and simple to follow for the first half of the book, but once in Wonderland, the plot took a lot of twists and turns that were hard to understand. It is possible that that is what Howard intended since her Wonderland was a creepy and distorted place itself.
I do not think anyone would regret reading this book, because it is filled with adventure, mystery, a little bit of romance. Even for those who are not fans of Alice in Wonderland, I would recommend it.
“No one knows what he or she is capable of until things are at their darkest.”
“Sometimes a flame must level a forest to ash before new growth can begin. I believe Wonderland needed a scouring.”