Thursday, July 25, 2013
Splintered by A.G. Howard
Have you ever wondered what happened to Alice once she returned from her adventure in Wonderland? In Splintered we are introduced to Alyssa Gardner, a direct descendant of Alice Lidell and the inspiration behind the classic Alice in Wonderland tale. Ever since Alice returned from her journey down the rabbit hole, every female descendant has been plagued with the wonderland curse. With this curse comes the ability to hear the whispers of bugs and plants, a talent that has driven each one of Alyssa's family members, including her mother, insane. As her mother's condition starts to deteriorate Alyssa becomes determined to break the family curse lest she face a similar fate. To accomplish this she must make her own journey down the rabbit hole to fix everything Alice had broken in Wonderland. Her loyal friend and secret crush Jeb makes the perilous journey alongside Alyssa. Full of strange sinister creatures with deceitful motives of their own, Wonderland is nothing like Alyssa envisioned. Lucky for Alyssa, handsome Morpheous, who fills the role of the caterpillar in this rendition, offers to guide Alyssa through Wonderland, coaching her through each of the dangerous tasks that lay ahead of her. However in a world devoid of logic, nothing is as easy as it seems.
I have to admit that my original decision to read this book was based purely on the cover but the story within was just as vibrant and enchanting. In Splintered, Howard explores the darker side of Wonderland, stripping the original tale down to bare bones and conjuring up a wildly original story of her own. Howard's top notch world building and descriptive prose makes it easy for readers to get lost in this new macabre portrayal of Wonderland.
For further trips down the rabbit hole, check out Frank Beddor's Looking Glass Wars trilogy and Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter