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.
What happened? 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. (Goodreads)
I didn’t actually finish this book. I think the fact that the original had such a significant role in my childhood has something to do with this. I just couldn’t face the idea of a ruined Oz – it hurt.
So then why the three stars, I here you asking? Well, I have a feeling that if this book had been a stand alone with a world of its own, I probably would have loved it! I fell in love with some of the new characters pretty quickly and I even felt myself connecting with Amy – The Other Girl! The different emotions were really tangible and I felt like I could feel them myself.
I think Danielle Paige could really bring a book to life if she so chose to. Please, just make it your own! I don’t want another Oz, I like the one I was given when I was a child – stop trying to ruin my fantasies! I think if and when she writes another book – as long as it has nothing to do with any other of my childhood stories, we should be just fine!
I gave this book 3/5 stars