Cameron Jace writes stories that are usually a modern day version of classic fairy tales ,but their plots are different from the classic ones.
Insanity is one such example . The plot couldn’t have been more different from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in wonderland.
Because this Alice is a mad girl looking to catch a murderer.
The story opens into an asylum where Alice,(who may or may not be the Alice from wonderland,)is imprisoned and treated to shock therapies.
She isn’t sure about anything as she doesn’t remember anything older than a week.She also suffers from a fear of mirrors and has a tiger lily for a best friend.
She tries to escape her prison ,which incidentally also houses Lewis’s characters such as cater pillar from wonderland.
From here the story takes on a twist.
The Cheshire cat is on a killing spree and its upto Alice to find and stop him.And to keep the wonderland monsters from escaping their prisons ,in which they were trapped by lewis Carroll himself.
What Alice discovers while on her quest is that the boundaries between sanity and madness are pretty blurred.Everyone has their own definitions of sanity.
As Alice embarks on her journey and tries to solve the mystery with the help of professor carter pillar and jack of diamonds,will she be able to save Constance,the little girl the Cheshire is after.
The characters are Lewis’s original characters reincarnated in this time and age.And modified accordingly.For example the original Cater pillar is portrayed as a human professor Carter Pillar.
In fact every character has its own quirks.
While reading the book you’ll keep wondering:
Is she the real Alice from the
Is she really insane ?
The line between what is real and what is Alice’s imagination will keep you puzzled and You will be asking yourself a lot of questions.And second guess the reality of everything.
The author has plotted this pretty cleverly.
Definitely worth a read.And now It makes me want to read more about this world.
I think the author was successful in playing with our minds.The frustration of knowing more will keep you hooked.
The facts are based on research.The descriptions about historical locations like the Oxford,the great hall ,are detailed enough without being boring.And the cover is amazing.
The only thing lacking in my opinion ,is the less spotlight given to Jack Daniels.He is a funny and quirky guy and I think his presence was needed more to spice up the story,which honestly can become a little confusing sometimes.
Also some of the puzzles ,like the one in the great hall ,could have been made into a little bit more complex to decipher.It would certainly have added to the anticipation and might have engaged the readers who are into solving puzzles.
If you are looking for a fairy tale adventure that includes quirky but intelligent characters ,this book is a decent option.
My rating: 7/10
Keep you hooked rating:7/10
And make you want to read sequel:8/10
I got this book from the author who was kind enough to let me review it.