Splintered by A G Howard
Based off the original Alice in Wonderland story, Splintered follows a unique concept in which Alice Liddell, the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice book was in fact cursed during her time in wonderland and upon her return all of her female decedents suffer from the same curse of Madness once they hit puberty.
Splintered follows Alyssa her mother ended up in a mental asylum after trying to kill Alyssa when she was a toddler. Living with her dad and making regular vists to her mother in the asylum are starting to take their toll on Alyssa as she can feel she is on the verge of having the same fate as her mother, she can hear the animals talking and the plants whispering all the same things that plaque her mother and left her locked up.
After finding out the truth behind her madness Alyssa takes it upon herself to save her mother from the asylum by going back down the rabbit hole and into wonderland.
Overall the story is extremely captivating, the writing style is beautifully poetic and the characters Alyssa meets along the way stay true to the Alice books however remarkably more sick and twisted. This book is full of cleaver twists and turns that keeps a strong connection with the original story whilst making this book a unique experience.
My main issue with this book was the main character, I found it really difficult to get into the story at the beginning due to her childish behaviour and immature personality. The story for me only started to pick up once Alyssa got into Wonderland. However Wonderland was not without its failings, I found the story was far too confusing at times and I am still not 100% sure I know exactly how everything was resolved.
Overall I think this book will be a love it or hate it type of book. I think had the wonderland aspect of this book not been so dark and twisted I probably would not have given this book more than 2 stars due to the characters and lack of character development. However Wonderland itself and the beautifully poetic writing style really saved this book and I believe for these two aspects the book deserves a solid Four Stars.
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Miss Quinny Rating (4 / 5)
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