Series: Insanity #1
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Published on December 19th 2013
Genres: Crime, Dark, Fantasy & Magic, Mental Illness, Retellings, Young Adult
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.
A strong and brave heart isn’t enough. A true heart, no matter how much the truth hurts, is the strongest of all.
Drunk on Wonderland, I picked up this book. It seems that after Splintered, I had to have another Wonderland fix.
I can’t go back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.
Alice Pleasance Wonder is one of the patients at Radcliffe Lunatic Asylum. She was locked up because she supposedly killed all her friends. Serves her right, right? She is unsure of why she’s there, or if she’s actually Alice. Sometimes, she can’t even remember what happened beyond the last week. Her only friend is a potted plant that she deems to not be getting enough sunlight. She’s not even sure if her mother is her mother. Same goes with her sisters.
Alice in Wonderland retellings give me joy. It is one of my most favorite stories growing up. I loved how Lewis Caroll built a world full of wonder, mystery, and craziness.
But forget about all that! Insanity debunks all things Lewis Caroll. Every page in the book actually means something else. The Wonderland characters in this book were reincarnated into human form. Yes, that’s right. The Cheshire cat is human. While I loved Alice Wonder, I definitely enjoyed Professor Carter Pillar. He’s such a brilliant character that helped Alice find herself in a lot of ways. He’s cunning and wise, and sometimes funny, too.
Alice was tasked by the Professor to help catch a serial killer, The Cheshire. Every day, as a special privilege, she was let out of the asylum to try and catch him. Nobody knows what he looks like in human form. No one knows where he’ll show up next. Alice found herself among the normal. No one knows she’s insane.
One of the privileges of not knowing who you are is that you can pretend to be anyone you like.
Whilst doing her tasks, she found herself seeing glimpses of how her classmates died. She used to have a boyfriend, but she can’t remember his face. And then she meets Jack Diamond. The walls between her reality and the real reality was slowly fading away. I had my suspicions on who Jack Diamond was when she first met him, and I was right!
What I loved about this book the history lessons about Lewis Carrol, and learning about the Kattenstoet, or Festival of the Cats. I also loved that it was set in Europe. It was a joy reading this in an English accent in my head!
While I loved the premise of the book, it definitely made me crazy. There were parts that left me confused. I am unsure if the insertions of different perspectives was intended or not. Sometimes it’s in Alice’s first person perspective, then it jumps to third person. Maybe because she’s insane? I started this book thinking it is a standalone, but when I got to the ending, I almost hurled my e-reader because Wow, cliffhanger!
I will still read the next book, if it comes out. I can’t find any information about it on Goodreads, but I assume that there is a next book because of the ending. Wonderland fans will definitely want to read this book because we know that even though this one’s confusing, we do love the crazy!
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