I loved Splintered, even though this is such a peculiar book.
As the descendant of Lewis Carroll's inspiration for Alices Adventures in Wonderland, Alyssa and all the females after Alice Liddell can hear the thoughts of plants and animals. In an attempt to stop the whispers, Alyssa collects bugs and plants and uses them for her art. She keeps it hidden from those around her, but deep down she knows that she'll eventually be in an asylum like her mother. To fix the madness running in her family, Alyssa has to journey down the rabbit hole Alice went and fix her mistakes.
Splintered is quite phenomenal – the writing is extremely vivid and doesn't stray too far from the original classic while the story is being set up. After the story is set up, Howard sends us down the rabbit hole with a dark and grotesque twist of the original classic. We have skeletal rabbits, carnivorous plants, a ghost from Alice's past that's out for vengeance, and other dark creatures that makes Wonderland a complete irony of its name.
But... but... there's a love triangle.
I like neither of them. I don't like Jeb, I don't like Morpheus. I don't care they're hot – I just don't like them. I feel indifferent towards them and it could go on either a good route or bad route. Enough said on this love triangle.
Simply put, I loved every aspect of Splintered and the dark adventure Howard takes us down the rabbit hole. I just don't like the candidates of this love triangle.
Methinks Tim Burton and other horror directors doth approve of this retelling.