Book Review: Insanity



Insanity by Cameron Jace (Insanity #1) ★★☆☆☆

Published: 2013

Format: eBook

Pages: 254

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Alice Wonder is a patient at Radcliffe Lunatic Asylum after killing everyone in her class. After going missing as a child, Alice has claimed she went to Wonderland and continues to see its affect in our world. A fellow patient, Professor Caterpillar convinces staff that only Alice will be able to capture a serial killer calling himself Cheshire Cat.

I liked the concept of the story, throughout the novel we’re not entirely sure what is actually happening and what is in Alice’s head. There are however, some issues I had.

The story is mostly set in an asylum, it obviously touches on mental illness. Now, I don’t believe that the author wanted to represent mental health in this novel, it’s very much merged into a fantasy world. However, given how little mental health is shown in novels it does feel a bit off to use it as it has.

The other aspect I wasn’t a fan of is that throughout the story we are very much told things rather than shown things. Its difficult to explain without spoiling the plot, but it felt like Alice didn’t really think for herself she was just told what to do by others.

Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this book. I do like the concept of Alice in Wonderland based books however, so if you have any recommendations please let me know!

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