Reading Level: Young Adult
Size: 416 pages
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Release Date: January 6, 2015
Stand Alone or Series: 3rd book in the Splintered Trilogy
Source: Borrowed from Library
Rating: 5/5 stars
This is the final book in the Splintered series. This series has been an absolutely fantastic one and does a great job of retelling and extending the Alice in Wonderland story (which is one of my favorite classic stories). The book is incredibly creative and engaging, and is filled with wonderful characters that make it impossible to put down. I absolutely adore this series.
Alyssa survived the disaster that was prom and is now journeying with her father to the heart of magic. Her father’s memories are going to be restored and Alyss is determined to unravel the Red Queen’s hidden memories as well. Alyssa and her father hope to find and rescue her mother, as well as determine the fate of Jeb and Morpheus. Hopefully together they can save Wonderland from the decay that has taken it over.
Many interesting secrets and revelations happen throughout this story. The truth of who Alyssa’s father is is even more stunning than Alyssa could have imagined. A lot of time is spent in AnyElsewhere which is where Jeb and Morpheus have been trapped. This was an incredibly interesting and slightly insane parallel world between our world and Wonderland.
Jeb is in the story quite a bit. He has gained some interesting magic in AnyElsewhere. What we learn about Jeb and his background is absolutely heart-breaking. I have always been a Morpheus fan, but I definitely found myself hoping that Jeb would get some sort of happiness by the end of this book.
Morpheus is in the story a lot too, he is my favorite character in the series. He is just so random, erratic, and bizarre; yet he is also caring and will do anything to help Alyssa become a stronger woman…even if that anything hurts him. We also learn a lot about the Red Queen and her past when Alyssa delves into her memories. Also, Chessie is in the story quite a bit and I love his silent but mischievous character as well.
This is one of the most satisfyingly wrapped up love triangles ever. You get a hint about how things could end happily for all three characters in the second book Unhinged. I loved how it wrapped up it, is a very satisfying ending and the journey there will have you on the edge of your seat. Especially the end of this book was very gripping and had me feeling either ecstatic for the characters or absolutely heartbroken depending on the page.
I really love the world of Wonderland. Howard does such a wonderful job of mixing the disturbing and the bizarre with the beautiful. I love the contrast and creativity of it all. The writing is very descriptive and really makes all these insane scenes of terrible beauty come alive.
Overall it’s an awesome end to this spectacular Alice in Wonderland retelling. I highly recommend the whole series to fantasy fans especially those who like some darkness and strangeness in their fantasy. This is also a must read for fans of Alice in Wonderland in general. The whole series is a blend of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and American McGee’s Alice.