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Splintered: Splintered Book One (edició 2013)

de A. G. Howard

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A descendant of the inspiration for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, sixteen-year-old Alyssa Gardner fears she is mentally ill like her mother until she finds that Wonderland is real and, if she passes a series of tests to fix Alice's mistakes, she may save her family from their curse.
Títol:Splintered: Splintered Book One
Autors:A. G. Howard
Informació:Harry N. Abrams (2013), Edition: First Edition, First Printing, Hardcover, 384 pages
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Splintered (Splintered Series #1) de A. G. Howard

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More of a 2.5 but still fell really short of a truly enjoyable read. I loved the idea and setting. Loved. I might end up reading the sequel solely so I can visit the twisted Wonderland that Howard created. It is much darker and nastier than Carroll's tale, so that was fun. Unfortunately, the dialogue and characters didn't live up to the spectacular premise. As another review pointed out, Alyssa is a Mary Sue and never seems to fall apart. Except when dealing with her love triangle. Ugh, I hate love triangles and there was no reason for one in this story. Morpheus was a pretty interesting character but Jeb was a lunkhead who spent the whole book snarling, yelling at Alyssa to listen to him, and generally making me want to smack him. I really disliked him and how he fit into the plot. He could easily have been a platonic or gay best friend, and it would have improved the book immensely. ( )
  JustZelma | Dec 20, 2020 |
[This is a review I wrote in 2016]

Last year, the 150th anniversary year of Alice in Wonderland, I researched the history of Alice, different editions of the books and more recent spin-off stories, to make an Alice feature window display and dedicated section in the bookshop.

When I was little I never got around to reading Alice in Wonderland, despite having a huge love of books and the ability to devour the shelves of my local and school libraries. The story had scared my Mum when she was young so it was a book that she never encouraged me to read. This influence stayed with me for many years but last year it was time to give Alice a chance. I think the story would have scared me when I was little but I really enjoyed meeting feisty, independent, girl-power Alice as an adult.

Splintered is one of the many young adult spin-off books that appealed to me so I bought myself a copy, added it to my (already immense) TBR pile and it sat there for a while until I found myself some serious reading time. I’ve just finished and want to share it with you straight away.
Synopsis (from the book cover):

Alyssa Gardner hears the thoughts of plants and animals. She hides her delusions for now, but she knows her fate: she will end up like her mother, in an institution. Madness has run in her family ever since her great-great-great-grandmother Alice Liddell told Lewis Carroll her strange dreams, inspiring his classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

But perhaps she’s not mad. And perhaps Carroll’s stories aren’t as whimsical as they first seem.

To break the curse of insanity, Alyssa must go down the rabbit hole and right the wrongs of Wonderland, a place full of strange beings with dark agendas. Alyssa brings her real-world crush – the protective Jeb – with her, but once her journey begins, she’s torn between his solidity and the enchanting, dangerous magic of Morpheus, her guide to Wonderland.

But no one in Wonderland is who they seem to be – not even Alyssa herself…
So, if you’ve read the reviews you will know that this book has had some really great AND some really bad press. I’m in the good camp. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it considering some of the critiques I’ve read. It’s well-written, fun, interesting, original, romantic… Alyssa is a (mostly) likeable 16-ish year old girl and her boy-next-door crush, Jeb, is pretty ok. Alyssa is a skate-boarding, not-very-girly girl but with a flair for gothic fashion, a love and loyalty for her Dad and a talent for creative art. I would have liked to meet a bit more of Alyssa’s best friend, Jenara, and bad-boy Morpheus – Alyssa’s guide to Wonderland – is an intriguing character of hidden depths and is hopefully a character to be explored in the sequels.

The story opens with Alyssa spearing dead insects and creating art projects with them; not an opening I was expecting. I was almost tempted to put the book down at this point as I have not a small amount of dislike for creepy crawlies and an even greater dislike of deliberate harm to living creatures; I didn’t think I could grow to like this Alyssa. However, I read on a few more pages and the story and writing style started to draw me in. Alyssa hears insects and flowers in her head; she hears them talking, carrying on full conversations. She has to wear an iPod nearly all the time to drown out their sounds and this makes her art project insect fetishes start to make a bit more sense.

Alyssa’s mom, Alison, has also suffered from hearing the voices and has been incarcerated in a mental hospital since Alyssa was a young child. I’m not spoiling the plot here as this comes up right at the beginning of the book. This is the one part of the book that grates with me. The depiction of the mental institution is pretty archaic, with padded cells, strait-jackets, physical restraint and permanent sedation being pretty much the norm. Howard calls the institution an ‘asylum’, a term which has been outdated since the turn of the nineteenth – twentieth century and it just does not sit well with the rest of the novel. Better research here would have enhanced the story no end – and would be less misleading to impressionable younger readers. Imagine having a family member suffer mental illness, needing hospital treatment, reading this as a young person and forming your impressions of care in mental hospitals from what you’ve read in this novel; it’s not a good thought. However, the asylum scenes do not form a huge part of the novel and if you can separate those scenes from the more creative Wonderland realm you will find Splintered a very good, page-turning read.

Wonderland comes to life in a dark and original way as Alyssa is drawn deeper and deeper into the customs and desires of the characters who live there and she becomes more and more central to their lives and destinies. It’s wacky – just like the Lewis Carroll original – and stretches all the bounds of reality; hey, it’s a fantasy novel. If you like fantasy worlds, dark fairies, Alice in Wonderland, teenage romance, or coming-of-age fiction, give it a shot and, like I say, please don’t dwell too much on the descriptions of mental illness or treatments. If I were to rate Splintered on a 1-10 scale I would give it a 7/10. ( )
  ArdizzoneFan | Nov 20, 2020 |
This book review is also featured on Behind the Pages: Splintered

Alyssa’s mother was put into an asylum because the bugs and flowers began to talk to her. Now they are whispering into Alyssa’s ear as well. She’s afraid to tell anyone, but when she visits her mother and they both hear the cut flower’s words, things start to change. Alyssa will find that her mother hasn’t been raving about Wonderland. It's all true. Her family is cursed and to free her mother, she must journey to Wonderland and undo the mistakes of her ancestor Alice.

Splintered is a macabre retelling of Alice in Wonderland. Everything you’ve come to know and love from the story has been twisted. The white rabbit is a skeleton with a flesh eating disease, and wait until you see what they do at a feast. The word twinkle will never mean the same thing to me again. But the story is just as beautiful as it is brutal and I loved every single minute of it.

If you don’t have a taste for morbid or grisly tales, steer clear of this story. It is darkly seductive and will keep you on your toes with each new introduction to the ever increasing world-building. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Rebecca Gibel and she brought a whole new level to the characters with her wonderful voice acting.

The descriptions and scene setting are so well detailed, heightening the overall darkness and tone of Splintered. There is also a nice subplot of romance woven into the dark depths. While I generally don’t like reading about love triangles, this was one I enjoyed. There’s magic, mystery, and a lure of personalities I couldn't ignore. Definitely a series I will be continuing. ( )
  Letora | Nov 19, 2020 |
What an unbelievably beautifully written story! Brought you right to Wonderland, descriptions and word choices were stunning. What a ride that was! ( )
  ashezbookz | Oct 20, 2020 |
I didn't know much going into this audiobook except that it was based off Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. It took me a bit of time to get into the story. I wasn't sure about Alyssa and none of the characters really caught my attention at first. Then as the book went on and it shifted over to Wonderland, I got interested in what was happening. I liked seeing how Howard used the setting from Carroll's Wonderland and, like Carroll, played with words and showed how at first the words you read can be deceptive and mean something totally different than what you can expect. So, in the end, Howard pulled me in. ( )
  melrailey | Apr 7, 2020 |
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