Insanity (Mad in Wonderland) starts the story of Alice, an insane girl locked up in an asylum. The big question is: is she really insane, or is the whole world?
Alice Wonder doesn’t remember her past but everyone keeps telling her she killed all her classmates some years ago. If it’s true, she must be insane. But another patient in the asylum, the odd Professor Carter Pillar – also known as Pillar the Killer – believes she’s sane. More than that, he believes she’s The Alice – the Real Alice from Lewis Carroll’s book. Supposedly there are also Wonderland Monsters running about. Alice thinks it’s all nonsense but when a serial killer hits the town, she ends up trying to rescue the potential future victims. Her journey outside the asylum will be far from easy and she’s bound to meet a bunch of characters who are at least as insane as she is.
Firstly, this book was insane. But somehow it was insane in a good way. The story got confusing at times, and it occasionally bounced from place to place, and the characters seemed awkward every now and then, but something about this book enchanted me. It was… quirky. I wanted to keep reading and find out what happens next.
The chapters were mostly short and kept the pace fast. The plot itself was intriguing and it was easy to see how much effort the author had put into researching all the background information to support the story. The characters weren’t the most complex or multi-dimensional, but they worked well for the book. I liked Alice’s character the best, even though at times she was a bit too confused and lost with her thoughts.
Some conversations were odd and didn’t quite flow naturally, and sometimes I wasn’t sure I was on track with the main plot. Still, the book quickly drew me back in. I was a bit torn between whether to give this book three stars or four. In the end I went with four, because I’d gladly read it again and the hiccups on the way didn’t really slow down my reading.
So far there are three books in the Insanity series and a fourth one is coming later this year. I’m pretty certain I’ll give them all a read.