Insanity (Mad in Wonderland) 4/5 ****
Cameron Jace - fiction/retelling
Cameron Jace may have graduated with a degree in Architecture but he found his home in the literary world and a best selling author or young adult fiction. He currently resides in California, but you won’t find him on Rodeo drive chasing down the latest fashion trends, instead he’ll be looking for those rare or out-of-print books to add to his collection.
His writing is inspired by folktales and the people who tell them, hence why many of his books are fairy tales many of us are familiar with, but with a twist. They are told from the point of view of a young adult and link together many of the stories we heard as children.
He has several best selling series including the Grimm Series and the Insanity series of which Mad in Wonderland is the first novel.
"Sane is mundane. Insanity is the new black"
Insanity (Mad in Wonderland) is the retelling of Alice in Wonderland and brings back the characters of the classic novel by turning them into modern day criminals. Alice Wonder is locked away in Radcliffe insane asylum after murdering an entire school bus full of her classmates. She does not possess any memory of the day, or why she killed her friends, or if she even committed the act at all. Pillar the killer, a fellow asylum patient, thinks she is innocent and believes he can prove her sanity by following and decoding clues left by Lewis Carroll in paintings and photographs which will lead to Wonderlands whereabouts and prove Alice’s sanity.
The book is quirky and crazy and makes nearly no sense, but that's the whole point! It's well written with wonderfully developed characters. It keeps you guessing and pulls you into Alice's world with just enough intrigue and insanity to make you wonder if Alice did kill her classmates or if something or someone else is at play.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will absolutely be reading the others in the series! Look out for my reviews in the coming weeks!
An avid reader with a thirst for knowledge, and adventure through words printed on paper.
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