Splintered (Splintered Series #1): Splintered Book One

Book 1 of 3 in the Splintered Series
Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 9 - 12Grades 3 - 6n/a5.2103720
This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

Read all the books in the New York Times bestselling Splintered series: Splintered (Book 1), Unhinged (Book 2), Ensnared (Book 3), and Untamed (The Companion Novel).

Praise for Splintered:

"Fans of dark fantasy, as well as of Carroll’s Alice in all her revisionings (especially Tim Burton’s), will find a lot to love in this compelling and imaginative novel."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Alyssa is one of the most unique protagonists I've come across in a while. Splintered is dark, twisted, entirely riveting, and a truly romantic tale."
USA Today

"Brilliant, because it is ambitious, inventive, and often surprising — a contemporary reworking of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,’’ with a deep bow toward Tim Burton’s 2010 film version."
The Boston Globe

"It’s a deft, complex metamorphosis of this children’s fantasy made more enticing by competing romantic interests, a psychedelic setting, and more mad violence than its original."

" Protagonist Alyssa...is an original. Howard's visual imagination is superior. The story's creepiness is intriguing as horror, and its hypnotic tone and setting, at the intersection of madness and creativity, should sweep readers down the rabbit hole."
Publishers Weekly

"While readers will delight in such recognizable scenes as Alyssa drinking from a bottle to shrink, the richly detailed scenes that stray from the original will entice the imagination. These adventures are indeed wonderful."

"Attention to costume and setting render this a visually rich read..."
Kirkus Reviews

"Wonderland is filled with much that is not as wonderful as might be expected, and yet, it is in Wonderland that Alyssa accepts her true nature. The cover with its swirling tendrils and insects surrounding Alyssa will surely attract teen readers who will not disappointed with this magical, edgy tale."
Reading Today Online

"Creepy, descriptive read with a generous dollop of romance."
School Library Journal

YALSA’s 2014 Teens’ Top Ten

Paperback, 400 pages
Published on February 18, 2014 by Amulet Paperbacks
ISBN-10: 1419709704
ISBN-13: 9781419709708
13 Book Reviews
  • blossomreader
    blossomreaderThursday, May 21, 2020 at 4:02 pm
    The only reason I didn't rate this book was because it didn't even deserve a one-star! It was THAT horrible! How could this be a children's book? It talked a lot about love and growing up and that's too much for a kid. Plus, the story itself didn't make much sense! I wouldn't recommend this book, much less rate this!
    • fantomsky26
      fantomsky26Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 3:55 pm44 stars
      It was like a dark twisted version of Alice in Wonderland with a lot of romance and it is not for the for the faint of heart where romance lies. The twist at the end is also very good and not as easy to spot as with most books.
      • mpittman
        Mrs. PittmanWednesday, August 19, 2015 at 7:40 am55 stars
        Splintered is a wonderful modern tale of Alice in Wonderland. It invites you to learn a little bit of heritage and to accept who you are! This is a great read for high school students!
        • mollyh
          mollyhWednesday, October 22, 2014 at 11:31 am55 stars
          This book is wonderful I recommend this series to everyone.
          • votersgonnavoteTuesday, October 21, 2014 at 1:58 pm
            Splintered was absolutely amazing and the second book, Unhinged, was just as spectacular, if not more. The descriptions were so vivid and the characters haunting. The relationships are so well woven that I didn't mind for the first time in a while that there was a love triangle. I've reread the first two book at least five times each in the last two years. A. G. Howard has landed her book at the top of my 'Books That Have Changed My Life' shelf... There's only two other books... I can't wait for the third book, Ensnared, and I pray that A. G. keeps writing more and more and more for years to come!
            • cheshire catTuesday, October 14, 2014 at 3:30 pm
              I loved this book. It was the best and the second one was even better! XD
              • AlandraWednesday, October 1, 2014 at 9:31 am
                Good pictures and well written
                • oldschoolwebbTuesday, September 23, 2014 at 4:51 pm
                  Great book! This is a must read and written very well. Five star! #team_Morpheaus
                  • skater_girl1818
                    skater_girl1818Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 5:31 pm
                    One of the best series I have ever read!
                    • drhanibt
                      drhanibtSunday, September 21, 2014 at 1:54 pm55 stars
                      This is my favorite book of all time! So well written and adventurous!!!