This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of Underland, 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.
“Splintered is a delicious, mad, wonderful read. I can’t recommend it highly enough.”
Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author
“Madder than the Hatter’s tea party and way more fun, A. G. Howard’s Splintered is a beautifully evoked, lush, wild tale of illusions, hysteria, magic, and love.”
Lauren Oliver, New York Times bestselling author
“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.”
“A brilliant debut…It is ambitious, inventive, and often surprising.”
“Rebecca Gibel’s narrative voice is pleasantly raspy while her characters are delightfully unique…[Her] sterling performance improves this over-the-top paranormal romance.”
“Howard’s visual imagination is superior; a cavalcade of weirdness dances across the pages…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.”
“It’s a deft, complex metamorphosis of this children’s fantasy, made more enticing by competing romantic interests, a psychedelic setting, and more mad violence than its original.”
“A visually rich read. More Tim Burton than Lewis Carroll, a sensuous version of Alice’s adventures for the Hot Topic crowd.”
Rebecca Gibel (a.k.a. Kasha Kensington) is a stage actress who has performed in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Camelot (IRNE Award nomination), Urinetown (Denver Post Ovation Award nomination), and Othello. She won the Denver Post Readers’ Choice Award for Best Year by an Actress. Gibel is a graduate of the Brown University / Trinity Rep MFA acting program, where she was the Stephen Sondheim Fellow.