Date Completed: 11/6/2016
This was a short and sweet read. I zoomed through the pages, probably something to do with how simply written this book was. It was incredibly easy for me to glide over the pages. Nothing much of substance happened in this book, and what did happen was reiterated time and again.
Amy Gunn is a Kansas girl, growing up going to a school where she doesn’t fit in and is always getting in fights. Her mom is an alcoholic who doesn’t pay enough attention to her. However, Amy’s life changes when a tornado comes and takes her to Oz, parallel to Dorothy’s own tale. Once there, she discovers that Oz is much different now that Dorothy is there, and she meets munchkins, flying monkeys, witches, and wizards along the way who try to sway her in one direction or another. Ultimately it is up to Amy to make her choices and decide where her loyalties lie.
I was a little bummed that much of the plot twists felt like the author’s excuse to drag out this book just a little further, and eventually ‘a little further’ turned into sequels. I’m not sure if it was the author’s original intention to create a series, but it sure turned out that way.
I am impressed by the concept. I like a classic turned a bit sour, it’s kind of a fresh vibe, at least of the modern fairytale variety that I’ve read. Indeed we have Wicked, but this seems to be a new take on the Wizard of Oz. I probably will end up reading the sequels; this one was fast paced enough to keep me hooked.
Danielle Paige is the New York Times bestselling author of the Dorothy Must Die series, and the upcoming Stealing Snow series (Bloomsbury, 2016). In addition to writing young adult books, she works in the television industry, where she’s received a Writers Guild of America Award and was nominate d for several Daytime Emmys. She is a graduate of Columbia University and currently lives in New York City. You can find her on twitter and instagram, and her website is here.