Unhinged, the second book in the Splintered trilogy, is set an entire year after the events in Splintered. With the curse broken, Alyssa finally hopes to have as much of a normal life as possible, despite the fact nothing is actually the same.
I personally thought that Splintered was better off a stand alone when A.G. Howard first takes us to her dark version of Wonderland. The ending definitely could have taken two turns – the book could have expanded into multiple books, or it could have been left alone.
With Unhinged, I just didn't feel as passionate as I was with the first book. Though Alyssa believes she has left Wonderland behind, Morpheus and Wonderland eventually come back to haunt her through dreams and violent paintings – something bad is going on and Wonderland needs Alyssa back now that she's taken her place as the Red Queen. The sequel isn't as adventurous or dark – it just felt like something I would normally see in a novel.
I don't even know how to phrase it – Unhinged focuses a lot in the human world; Alyssa's conflicted feelings between Morpheus and Jeb, and where she actually belongs. I hoped the book would bring us back to Wonderland, but I don't even think we even entered Wonderland – it came to Alyssa and it just wasn't as exotic or enchanting or amazing as it was back in book one. Am I sounding whiny now?
That's not including Morpheus and Jeb. Much as I like Morpheus and his sassiness, I just don't like him for the life of me. I still don't like Jeb [for the life of me]. If I really had to choose between the two, I would probably pick Morpheus simply because he just seems to have more personality than Jeb. (Have I mentioned Morpheus has sass?) All Morpheus seems to really care about is Red and how to finally get her out of his wings. Alyssa is just... convenient enough to be used and he ends up falling in love with her in the process of "using" her.
Now I don't know if that's true. I'm sure he actually cares about her greatly considering their history, and I'm sure Jeb cares about her as well, even though he is overprotective and it probably seems endearing. They don't fight as much as they did back in Splintered, but I just don't feel anything for the corners of the love triangle. I just don't. I feel completely indifferent about Unhinged altogether and I'll read the last book simply for the feeling of closure.