This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as wellas 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.
I haven’t read Alice in Wonderland, but I remembered watching the movie and all the really unique elements it had. Splintered was such an amazing take on Alice in Wonderland with an even more amazing romance ;)
Splintered is about a girl, Alyssa, and what happens when she follows her ancestor’s past and goes down the rabbit hole. Her best friend, Jeb ends up following her, and she also meets mysterious guy, Morpheus, who’s from her past.
The twists on the original tale were all so cool. The little imperfections that came about were just so intriguing! All the different characters and language of Wonderland were so beautiful and unique. My only complaint is that I felt things got a bit slow and confusing in the middle of the story.
Alyssa was a really great character. Her mom was in an asylum from her being crazy as a result of insisting on Wonderland being real and acting like she was from there herself. Then, there were the two guys, Jeb and Morpheus. Morpheus was pretty mysterious and sneaky. He was also definitely not my favorite character. A lot of people do really like him but in general, I just didn’t like his character too much. Jeb was a whole different story for me, though. I loved his devotion and protectiveness over Alyssa. It was so sweet! I’m definitely Team Jeb.
There was a lot of underlying motivations surrounding everything that happened and the ending definitely left Splintered open for a sequel. I’d give it 4 out of 5 flowers. It’s a great take on Alice in Wonderland!