I was pretty excited to read Splintered by A.G. Howard because a modern twist of Alice in Wonderland sounded fresh, exciting and had a lot of potential for an interesting read. Alyssa was a complex character, she had dreads, she worked in a vintage store, she liked to skateboard and what was most interesting of all was that she killed bugs and used them in her art. I found Alyssa very refreshing because she was not the average teenage girl in YA novels, you know, the one who thinks she’s plain but everyone else is jealous of her and think she’s beautiful, especially that one guy…
The first few chapters kept me intrigued, I was especially intrigued by her mother who was at a mental institution. I was invested in the story and what happened to her Mom. Creepy things start to happen to Alyssa and I was wondering where this would go…and then it got really cheesy. Secret messages from a random website? Yeah, NO.
As soon as Alyssa found a way into the rabbit hole to go to Wonderland, all hell breaks loose. The book took a 360 and it got so bad I was having a hard time focusing on the plot. I am wondering if this was part of the author’s plan. Paint a picture of a normal mortal world, get you invested in the characters and then mess it up by confusing you when Alyssa enters Wonderland because it’s supposed to be weird. I wondered if I would have enjoyed it more if I was high. I would have normally stopped reading but I was already invested in Alyssa.
I wish i did not waste my time and read something more enjoyable. As I read on, I got more annoyed with the characters and even their names starting to annoy me. Jedidiah , Jenara, Morpheus and the worst of all? Taelor. The characters soon became one dimensional and the plot (and the plot twists) did not make any sense and was not believable. I don’t want to give spoilers but the situation with Alyssa’s Mom was disappointing. The love interest, Jeb was a jerk. He never seemed to have any important role in the story and caused more trouble than he helped. He is exactly like his Father. The other guy, Morpheus could have been so much more interesting and complex but in the end was a one dimensional character who was abusive.
This book had a lot of potential. The author spent a lot of time building up the characters and plot and then everything flew out the window when they got to Wonderland. By the end of it, I was just skimming.