Alice in Wonderland has always been a beloved story. As a child I loved Alice’s adventures so much that one year my mom created a Queen of Hearts Halloween costume so I could live out my fantasy.
I also adored watching Alice in Wonderland on the Wonderful World of Disney and was excited to see Tim Burton’s rendition as an adult. It was just natural that I would want to review the book Splintered by A. G. Howard because of my adoration of all things Alice and her adventures down the rabbit hole. What I found in this book did not disappoint.
The subject of the story is Alissa Gardner. She’s about to start her senior year of high school and she’s hiding a secret. What she doesn’t want the others to know is that she can hear the bugs and flowers speaking to her. Her mother, who has the same affliction, is confined in a mental hospital after inflicting injuries on Alissa when she was younger. Alissa and her father visit her mother weekly and Alissa worries that one day she will be confined to the same hospital.
Alissa’s ancestor was Alice Liddell, the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. After Alice returned from the rabbit hole her life, and the life of her female heirs, would forever be in turmoil. Alissa begins to put the pieces of the puzzle together and realizes that she must return to the rabbit hole to end the persistent chaos. Once in the rabbit hole the stories she read as a child begin to take on a dark turn. The child-like creatures that Alice identified are much more dangerous than Alissa imagined and her gut instincts are her only defense.
This story flourishes as it goes along and frankly I couldn’t put the book down. A.G. Howard does a great job blending the original classic with a Burton-like spin. This is a young adult novel which is a little dark at times. The book is available starting January 1st, 2013 and it’s well worth the wait.
Splintered by A. G. Howard Book Details
- Publisher: ABRAMS
- Publish Date: 1/1/2013
- ISBN: 9781419704284
- Author: A.G. Howard
- Category: Young Adult Fiction
- Retail Price: $17.95
- Pages: 384
I was provided an e-reader gallery in order to write my review.