I love everything Alice in Wonderland and was excited when a friend told me that I needed to read this book. And I’m really glad she told me to read it and now I’m hooked on Insanity and Cameron Jace’s Wonderland that he’s painted. He left me craving more of the story and made me feel like I was really transported into his insane world of Wonderland monsters.
I’d never thought to view Alice as an insane person that imagined all of Wonderland. I’d always thought that it was a young girl who really experienced Wonderland and that no one believed her. But in Insanity, Wonderland is a real place that has been sealed up tight by Lewis Carroll. Though some of the Wonderland folks inhabit the real world.
We first meet Alice in the insane asylum and we see her try and escape the asylum to get out into the world. She fails in her escape. This is the first time you’re exposed to the White Rabbit, and it’s where you see Alice battle with whether she’s sane or not. She desperately wants to be sane and to believe that Wonderland isn’t real. But it feels like a part of her really knows that Wonderland is real, but she wants to be free that she’s allowing herself to forget.
We meet the Caterpillar and he’s a serial killer in Insanity. Which is actually fitting for him. He always has his hookah, and it’s his weapon of choice when it comes to fighting the Wonderland monsters.
Then there is the Cheshire cat. The Cheshire cat has always been my favorite character in Alice in Wonderland, but not so much in Insanity. He’s portrayed as something evil, and in Alice in Wonderland he wasn’t too much of a good guy but I never had nightmares that he was chasing me. And if a book can infiltrate my dreams it’s a pretty amazing book.
I can’t wait to read the next book in this series and have recommended it to all of my friends. Jace sure knows how to write an amazing Alice spin-off and he did it flawlessly.