Title: Unhinged (Splintered #2)
Author: A.G. Howard
Release Date: 01/7/2014
Reviewed by: Willa
I absolutely adored A.G. Howard’s Splintered, the first book in this series (it was one of my favorite from last year) and so I couldn’t wait to see what she did with Unhinged! I got to see A.G. at TT4L (Texas Teens 4 Libraries Convention) and she was so sweet – one of my favorite authors ever! And she did a wonderful job with book two. Unhinged picks up the threads that Splintered left, deeper explores Alyssa’s character, and makes you want a Morpheus and Jeb.
In Unhinged, we pick up where Splintered leaves off, but a while later. Alyssa is at school, Jeb has just come back from time in London, and Morpheus is still present in Alyssa’s dreams. What was so wonderful about this book is that it takes a lot of the feelings Alyssa experiences for the first time and heightens them – her conflicted feelings between Jeb and Morpheus, the duty she feels to Wonderland and the desire to stay in the human world, the unresolved feelings with her mom – A.G. does an incredible job of really exploring those in book two and making Alyssa a more complex character.
Unhinged felt like it was meant to bridge the gap between Alyssa’s visits to Wonderland. There’s a lot of plot that feels like prep for something HUGE that (I think at least) is coming in the third book, Ensnared. That part of it was a bit disappointing, but after the HEART WRENCHING AND INTENSE ENDING I’m even more excited. Like, I need that book now.
This series has made me love the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland even more than I did before, and I love how A.G. has created her own world. She’s taken Lewis Carroll’s story, made it darker, questioned it, and elaborated. She’s brought it to life in the modern-day. It takes guts and a crazy good writer to do that, and A.G. is both of those – gutsy and talented.