After accidentally killing everyone in her class, Alice Wonder is now a patient in the Radcliffe Lunatic Asylum. No one doubts her insanity. Only a hookah-smoking professor believes otherwise; that he can prove her sanity by decoding Lewis Carroll’s paintings, photographs, and find Wonderland’s real whereabouts. Professor Caterpillar persuades the asylum that Alice can save lives and catch the wonderland monsters now reincarnated in modern day criminals. In order to do so, Alice leads a double life: an Oxford university student by day, a mad girl in an asylum by night. The line between sanity and insanity thins when she meets Jack Diamond, an arrogant college student who believes that nonsense is an actual science.
I think it safe to say that I am rather obsessed with a little old tale that has been retold throughout the last century. Anything related to this story is an instant buy because like any true fanatic I am desperately seeking for that one version that is even better than the original. If I only realised that nothing could ever replace the original then my bank account would probably refrain from decreasing at a steady amount. This being said it doesn’t mean that retellings can’t be amazing in their own right. Especially when you are reading a novel by Cameron Jace.
Alice is mad. Understandably so given the events that took place during her childhood. Who would really believe a childs adventure that focused around talking cat and a smoking caterpillar. Although this isn’t the same Alice. After all Carroll’s version was written in the nineteenth century, and this story is based in the 21st…or is it?
To add to the absurdity and confusion in the asylum that currently resides Alice, there is a killer on the loose who murders his victims leaving them with a Cheshire grin. Adventure and craziness ensues that continuously questions the sanity of not only the characters but also the reader.
I really enjoyed Jace’s take on AIW. There was so much dimension to the story, bringing in elements from Lewis Carroll’s past to add an extra layer of wonder. Whether these plot points were indeed correct, I have no idea, but I would like to think they are at least on some level. Our beloved characters were mixed with an extra dollop of crazy and I did love the reinvention of some of my favourite ones.
Some bits were a bit dry, conversations dragging on for too long or they seemed a bit misplaced within the whole story. The main plot line was sometimes lacking, just in its depth, but it did again have elements that shone through based on the creative spin on this tale.
It was a really quick read with nothing too heavy to think about.