After surviving a disastrous battle at prom, Alyssa has embraced her madness and gained perspective. She's determined to rescue her two worlds and the people and netherlings she loves. Even if it means challenging Queen Red to a final battle of wills and wiles . . . and even if the only way to Wonderland, now that the rabbit hole is closed, is through the looking-glass world--a parallel dimension filled with mutated and violent netherling outcasts. In the final installment of the wildly popular Splintered trilogy, Alyssa and her dad journey into the heart of magic and mayhem in search of her mom and to set right all that's gone wrong. Together with Jeb and Morpheus, they must salvage Wonderland from the decay and destruction that has ensnared it. But if they succeed and come out alive, can everyone truly have their happily ever after?
NOTICE: THIS IS THE THIRD INSTALLMENT IN A SERIES. THERE MAY BE SPOILERS FOR THE PREVIOUS BOOKS. Review for book one/ Review for book two.
This is such a wonderful book series! I have been following this book series ever since I picked up Splintered. Even before that I knew how much I would love this series! Now I don't know whether to be happy or sad. I'm happy because I just finished an amazing book, but sad because this series is over with!
This book picks up right when Unhinged left off. Alyssa is taking her dad to get his memories back. Her mom is stuck in Wonderland, as the only entrance has closed. Jeb and Morpheus are trapped in AnyElsewhere with Red. Alyssa has to find a way to fix Wonderland and save both Jeb and Morpheus.
I apologize ahead of time for this mess of a review. I love this book and this series so, so much! It's really hard for me to form complete sentences, that actual make sens, without full-on gushing about this book! First of all, this book is different than the others. This time, Alyssa has to travel to AnyElsewhere which is much darker than Wonderland if you can believe it. I really have to applaud the author's imagination in the whole entire series and it really shows strongly in this book! And the world is created so vividly!
The characters are also amazing, of course. What I really have to think about are the changes these characters go through since the beginning, but in this book alone they change so much!
Now, for the romance. Before I reread the books, again, I was solely on Team Morpheus. Because, come on, it's Morpheus! I still love Morpheus, but I don't like counting out Jeb. Yeah, Jeb isn't as awesome, but he is such a sweet guy and I feel weird admitting this, but I do believe that Jeb belongs with Alyssa and he really does love her! But Morpheus belongs with her too! GAH! No wonder Alyssa has trouble deciding!
The ending is a hit and miss, apparently, to most people, but I thought it was brilliant and emotional! (the whole series is brilliant)
<highlight to view spoiler>I, honestly, think the book couldn't have ending any better. If Alyssa was unable to be with both Jeb and Morpheus, then it just doesn't seem right. It's odd that she can end up with both, I know, but I thought it was perfect. The whole series focuses on Alyssa's balance between her human and her netherling side, between Jeb and Morpheus. Being able to be with both brings the balance. I also thought that the epilogue was absolutely beautiful, but so very sad. I kind of wish Jeb got more screen time in the epilogue, I think it's a bit unfair to him that Morpheus kind of takes it over, but in the end it makes sense.<end of spoiler>
I love this book series so much! It's imaginative, stunning, a so unique! If you have yet to pick up this series, what in the world are you waiting for?! If you have read the previous books, let me just say that this final book will not disappoint.
It goes without saying that I really look forward to more books by A.G. Howard!