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ISBN13: 9781419704284
ISBN10: 1419704281
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This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as 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.

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"Howard's first book is as much a quilt as manuscript, stitching together bits of the zeitgeist with thread of the author's own spinning. Lewis Carroll's Alice serves as a backdrop, while characters like Brandon Lee's Crow and Neil Gaiman's Morpheus are models of dark desire. Protagonist Alyssa, however, is an original. The descendent of Carroll's Alice, 16-year-old Alyssa can hear bugs talking and fears she has inherited the madness that plagues her mother's side of the family. The only way to silence the insects' voices is by killing them, using the corpses as material for her ornate artwork. Howard's visual imagination is superior; a cavalcade of weirdness dances across the pages as Alyssa and her secret crush, Jeb, traverse a nightmare Wonderland, trying to save her institutionalized mother and resist the seductive influence of Morpheus. The story's creepiness is intriguing as horror, and its hypnotic tone and setting, at the intersection of madness and creativity, should sweep readers down the rabbit hole. Ages 14 – up. Agent: Jenny Bent, the Bent Agency. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"Fans of dark fantasy, as well as of Carroll's Alice in all her revisionings (especially Tim Burton's), will find a lot to love in this compelling and imaginative novel." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Review:

"Alyssa is one of the most unique protagonists I've come across in a while. Splintered is dark, twisted, entirely riveting, and a truly romantic tale." USA Today

Review:

"Brilliant, because it is ambitious, inventive, and often surprising — a contemporary reworking of Lewis Carroll's Alices Adventures in Wonderland, with a deep bow toward Tim Burton's 2010 film version." The Boston Globe

About the Author

A. G. Howard is the author of Splintered and its sequel, Unhinged. She always wondered what would've happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child. She lives in Amarillo, Texas.

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Disquietus, April 27, 2014 (view all comments by Disquietus)
In the spirit of full disclosure, I will preface this review with the fact that I really did not like this book. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I hated it, but I did scream in rage at it multiple times, and throw it across the room once I was finished. The reason I am giving it a 3 star rating, after almost an hour of internal debate, is solely based on the fact that while the story did not work for me at all, the writing itself was lovely. I can definitely understand why so many people raved about it to me, even though reading it was a bitter struggle for me the entire way through.

I will start with the positive. I love the cover. It’s so so gorgeous and definitely captures the spirit of Howard’s Wonderland. More importantly, the writing is good. Lush and evocative, lyrical and dark, and so incredibly descriptive. A.G. Howard is an incredibly talented writer. It was very easy to visualize Alyssa’s Wonderland. And what a Wonderland it is. This is nothing like the one you grew up with. It is dark and scary and seductive, and everybody you meet has a secret agenda.

So why, you ask, if the writing was so good, do I dislike this book so strongly? The story itself just did not click with me. The first 160 pages were a battle to read through, dragging on and on until I just about reached the point of marking it as a did-not-finish. It eventually picked up once Alyssa made it to Wonderland, becoming fast-paced enough to hold my attention as Alyssa journeyed through this netherworld, trying to make sense of the trials set before her. I will say that the twist at the end took me completely by surprise, despite all the clues that were dropped throughout the novel.

What really sealed the deal on my dislike though is that I did not like any of the characters. Alyssa was tolerable, at times. I enjoyed the fact that she’s this punk rock skater girl with a morbid desire to shut the bugs up she hears by sticking pins in them and turning them into artwork, but she was so frustratingly oblivious about so many things that seemed so obvious, and so wishy-washy about her feelings for Jeb and Morpheus that I just couldn’t connect with her. Her best friend and crush, Jeb had me in a constant state of rage. Some may find his over-protectiveness and need to control Alyssa’s every move charming, I just found it really freaking annoying. He claims to love her and yet he has no respect for her ability to make decisions for herself which, for me at least, translates into having no respect for her, period. Morpheus is creepy and definitely repulsive at times, but I still preferred him to Jeb because even though he’s a lying liar who lies, he at least seems to understand Alyssa and respect her to an extent.

I will point out that while I was not a fan, I can definitely see this appealing to most anyone else who enjoys the young adult and fantasy genres.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781419704284
Author:
Howard, A. G.
Publisher:
Amulet Books
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Splintered
Publication Date:
20140218
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Howard's first book is as much a quilt as manuscript, stitching together bits of the zeitgeist with thread of the author's own spinning. Lewis Carroll's Alice serves as a backdrop, while characters like Brandon Lee's Crow and Neil Gaiman's Morpheus are models of dark desire. Protagonist Alyssa, however, is an original. The descendent of Carroll's Alice, 16-year-old Alyssa can hear bugs talking and fears she has inherited the madness that plagues her mother's side of the family. The only way to silence the insects' voices is by killing them, using the corpses as material for her ornate artwork. Howard's visual imagination is superior; a cavalcade of weirdness dances across the pages as Alyssa and her secret crush, Jeb, traverse a nightmare Wonderland, trying to save her institutionalized mother and resist the seductive influence of Morpheus. The story's creepiness is intriguing as horror, and its hypnotic tone and setting, at the intersection of madness and creativity, should sweep readers down the rabbit hole. Ages 14 – up. Agent: Jenny Bent, the Bent Agency. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Fans of dark fantasy, as well as of Carroll's Alice in all her revisionings (especially Tim Burton's), will find a lot to love in this compelling and imaginative novel."
"Review" by , "Alyssa is one of the most unique protagonists I've come across in a while. Splintered is dark, twisted, entirely riveting, and a truly romantic tale."
"Review" by , "Brilliant, because it is ambitious, inventive, and often surprising — a contemporary reworking of Lewis Carroll's Alices Adventures in Wonderland, with a deep bow toward Tim Burton's 2010 film version."
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