Published January 2013 by Abrams, Harry N., Inc.|303 pages
Where I Got It: nook store
Series: Splintered #1
Genre: YA Fantasy/Re-telling
This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.
What I Thought:
I’ve been looking forward to reading Splintered for a while, and finally managed to read it! I definitely liked Splintered, but not as much as I was hoping.
I definitely like that it’s such an interesting take on Alice In Wonderland and that it’s very connected to her family. And that Wonderland and Alice’s trip there started this HUGE thing. Also: I love that the women in her family seem to be some variation on Alice. because it makes it seem very connected. However, I disliked that Alyssa kept calling her mother Allison. I get she doesn’t really know her mother, but it always took me a while to remember who Alison was.
I thought all of the tests were really interesting, but as we’re talking about Wonderland, things are not what they seem. Because this Wonderland is pretty scary, especially after all of the Alice stuff that happened and the curse on Alyssa’s family. And the truth about what really happened, which I should have seen coming. But didn’t, of course.
What I also really like about Splintered is that it stands alone on it’s own so well! I mean, there’s certainly a lot there, and I can certainly see a sequel or two. But while I like Splintered, I’m not sure if I’m interested enough to keep going. Especially because Howard does such a great job at writing a story that stands alone so well.
I also like how everything is described, but I couldn’t clearly picture this Wonderland well. And I could picture a lot of the characters really well, and I liked seeing how different they were from how Lewis Carroll wrote them. It was definitely interesting to see Howard’s fictional characters different from the original characters.
Let’s Rate It:
Splintered is a dark but different and interesting take on Alice In Wonderland. I didn’t love it as much as I thought, but I still liked it! Splintered gets 3 stars.