When I say I love Wizard of Oz, I suppose that’s not the full story. When I was little it was my hands down favorite movie. My parent claim I could watch it over and over until the video tape wore out. Between her shoes, her friends and adventures and the Horse of a Different Color, I was a huge fan.
Momma says my obsession with shoes started with this movie. I don’t disagree with her. Red shoes? I’ve always loved them.
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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 a road of yellow brick—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: Remove the Tin Woodman’s heart. Steal the Scarecrow’s brain. Take the Lion’s courage. And—Dorothy must die.
Although aimed at the Young Adult genre and market, I loved loved loved this book. It’s Wizard of Oz with a dystopian, deeper into fantasy twist. I didn’t love Amy at first – she’s a quite whiny and wussy. Sure she’s had a rough go of it, but man, how is she going to save Oz?
As she trains for her mission she grows on you. I do wish she had a better understanding of the warnings she was given of “trust no one” and “nothing is as it seems”, but when she doesn’t get it, it advances the plot in more twisted ways. Each one reminds you not to be complacent in what you think you know.
There was a lot of description and not always a lot of action. I came to appreciate the lulls though because this isn’t an Oz I could readily picture.
Don’t start this book hoping for a resolution. It is the start to a series and can not wait to read the second one, The Wicked Will Rise.
Is this something you’d read? Why or why not.