Reviewed by Trinity Paul
Alyssa learns to reign
Splintered by A.G. Howard printed by Amulet Books. It was published January 1, 2013. The genre of this book is Young-Adult Fiction. It takes place in modern day Pleasance, Texas and Wonderland. It begins explaining the main character, Alyssa Gardner, and her ties to the magical, mythical, wondrous world of Wonderland. Alyssa Gardner is the great-great-granddaughter of Alice Liddell. All the women in their family have one thing in common….They can listen and talk to flowers, bugs, and little creatures. For that exact reason every woman in their family has also gone to a psych ward. It’s a blessing and a curse all in itself. A blessing because without it they wouldn’t be able to survive. A curse because no one else understands and just thinks they are insane.
A fantastic part is when Morpheus says he loves Ali but her best friend/long time crush and next door neighbor Jeb is there and is trying to tell her the same thing. So Jeb ends up fighting Morpheus and taking Ali through a portal to go see the Mad Hatter and the Hairless Hare because they have to wake them up. Ali eats a Tumtum berry Tart and goes a little crazy using her Netherling powers and ends up accidently chaining up Jeb while the Queen of Heart’s guards are on their way. Then the Mad Hatter wakes up and cures her so her and Jeb can run away. This part is great because it shows how much Jeb loves her and stays with her throughout the book no matter how crazy things get. But also how Morpheus was brave enough to say I love you to Ali even though he knew Jeb was in love with her too.
The central conflict is when Ali is trying to figure out why she is brought to Wonderland. She goes days without ever knowing why Morpheus brought her to Wonderland. But towards the end of the book the truth is revealed and all hell breaks loose. Lies and truths intertwine and makes a massive mess. The theme is things are not always what they look like. “Sometimes a flame must level a forest to ash before new growth can begin. I believe Wonderland needed a scouring.” (pg. 226)
I would personally rate this book 5 out of 5 stars because it is the best book I have ever read. It’s just one of those nail-biting, heart wrenching, hand writhing books and is just overall fantastic. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves love triangles and/or mythical types of novels because those are both huge keys in this book. If you like this book you should check out the next book in the series Unhinged by the same author A.G. Howard.
A.G. Howard. Splintered. New York: Amulet Books, 2013. Print.