Book Review: Insanity (Mad in Wonderland) by Cameron Jace
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 was very excited to pick this book up. I felt after reading Snow White Sorrow I knew that I would enjoy the writing world of the mind that is Cameron Jace. Cameron's style of writing captivated me with his retelling twist and turning it into, coming from the main theme of this book, Madness. It is filled with history of Lewis Carroll and behind the closed doors of Wonderland itself.
Alice is a 19 year old who has been in an asylum for two years after killing all of the people on her school bus, after that she started to talk about Wonderland and was then taken to Radcliffe. Due to intense shock therapy she has forgotten anything about Wonderland and also anything about herself, she often questions as to why she killed all her friends. Introducing Professor Carter Pillar (AKA Caterpillar), a sociopath who often wonders out of Radcliffe and smokes a pipe (imagine him as Sherlock or The Doctor), he asks Alice to help him find the serial killer, Cheshire Cat. Cheshire Cat has been killing young girls and sewing their mouths to make a grin, also leaving little breadcrumbs for Pillar and Alice to find.
It is interesting to see what you are suppose to see and what you can see, Alice believes that she is not the Alice that Pillar thinks she is, although Alice isn't quite sure about herself and what she has stepped into.
I gave this book 5/5 stars on Goodreads, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have already purchased the remainder of the series. If you are interested in retellings, Cameron Jace is a brilliant author to go to.
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