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Dark, mysterious, and wonderful; those are all the words to describe A.G. Howard's novel, Splintered. Howard took Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and made it into her own. She created a dark and twisted world that gives you chills down your spine. In Splintered, Alyssa Gardner faces a horrible fate due to her family's curse that makes all the females in her family go mad. Alyssa must travel to Wonderland to stop the curse and to save her mother from getting electroshock therapy. Alice, Alyssa's great-great-great grandmother, told of a tale where magical creatures come to play. However, young eight-year-old Alice was naive. Wonderland is anything, but magical. It is a horrible place with the evil Queen Grenadine in control.
Personally, I love Alice in Wonderland, and Splintered captured the essence of Wonderland perfectly. Splintered represents an average teenager in today's society. Teenagers, today, are constantly challenged by society's standards. I love the way Alyssa is displayed throughout the novel. She has a constant battle with her fear of growing up. Howard took Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and made it into her own story. She was able to create a dark and twisted world that gives you chills.