I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?
Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still the yellow brick road, though—but even that's crumbling.
Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.
My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas.
I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I've been trained to fight.
And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman's heart.
Steal the Scarecrow's brain.
Take the Lion's courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!
- Amy, loved her from the beginning. Life was pretty rough, mom addicted to drugs, living in a trailer park, teased for the clothes she wore, not very much fun. She was sure she was more than her location and stuff, even though that was hard to believe sometimes.
- The world-building of the new Oz was fun. I read the prequel, No Place Like Oz, so I had short-of an idea of what was going on, but it was interesting to see how much Oz had changed under Dorothy’s rule. This was very much like the Wonderland created in Splintered. It was dark, dreary and creepy! I so want this book to be made into a movie.
- The Order was one of my favorite parts of the story, Amy learning magic and how to fight, but definitely not in the most pleasant way. The witches were riding that fine line between favor and torture to guide Amy to their plan.
- Dorothy sucked so much, it was very easy to hate her and make her the villain in the story. Although, you did kind of have some sympathy toward her from the prequel, it definitely went away quickly.
- Ollie, Pete, Jellie, Nox, the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion were all really neat side characters and were well done. They drew you into the story and keep it moving at a quick pace.
- No major gripes, but nothing to rock my socks off and make this the best book I have ever read. It was good, and I totally think you should read it, but I don’t see it as a book I will be shoving into the hands of everyone I met. Hard to explain, but I just didn’t attach strong emotions to the book.