Series: Insanity #1
Author: 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 Diamonds, an arrogant college student who believes that nonsense is an actual science.-Goodreads
Review: "Sane is mundane. Insanity is the new black."
Disclosure-I've never read Alice in Wonderland (other than the quick version in a book geared toward toddlers), I've never seen an Alice movie and I'm not familiar with the author of AIW, Lewis Carroll. That being said, I thought a retelling of the story could be fun. This was definitely a different read-very unique. We aren't sure if Alice, who is in an insane asylum for killing her classmates, is the real Alice in Wonderland or actually crazy. Professor Carter Pillar, who is also in the asylum with her, is a serial killer. Jack Diamonds appears to be a stalker and we meet the White Queen, masquerading as a nun. The premise of the book is that the Cheshire Cat is killing girls and Alice needs to try to stop him (and save a girl in the process). She runs around everywhere (it seems). She has to look at painting and writings by Lewis Carroll.
I don't really know how to even rate this-unique? Absolutely. Characters? Overall, kind of flat. Cover? Stunning. Execution? It's a book about crazy people and it doesn't make a lot of sense. This is either pure genius or poor execution. I'm more of a linear thinking so this was a little challenging for me. I'll try the next in the series.