Stop thinking like a human. Literal definitions don’t apply here.
It’s all in the interpretation. Netherling logic resides in the
hazy border between sense and nonsense.
For generations the women in Alyssa Gardner's family are cursed, ever since her ancestor Alice Liddell spent her final years in a mental institution muttering about Wonderland and it's bizarre residents. Alyssa herself is constantly bombarded by the voices of insects and flowers; a buzzing that only ceases when she uses the corpses of those insects to create abstract murals of places she's only seen in her dreams. When her mothers mental health declines even further, Alyssa stumbles upon a truth about her family and herself stranger than any fiction.
Howard's interpretation of Wonderland is SO MUCH BETTER than the original! This Wonderland is reminiscent of worlds created by Tim Burton, Neil Gaiman and Brian Froud, combining elements of fantasy, literature and fairytale. Wonderland in 'Splintered' is darker and more adult than what was created in Carroll's classic which creates more intense situations for Alyssa and her companions. Readers will enjoy the break-neck speed of this novel, the depth of the world Howard creates, as well as the characters themselves. I look forward to Howard's next novel and will be promoting it to both my teens and teachers.
Book Source: ARC from Amulet Books (thank you!)
Recommended Ages: 14+ for Fantasy Violence, Sensuality & Underage Drinking
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