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!
This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2014 and when it was most voted for in my What’s Next? post last Thursday, I went out and bought it that evening. I finished it on Sunday. It was good. Really, really good. I admit, I was doubtful at the beginning. Amy kept whining about how miserable her life was (granted, it was pretty awful) and I was tempted to DNF after the first chapter. I’m SO glad I didn’t.
First off, I loved Paige’s interpretation of Oz. In this version, Oz is wasted and bleak. The Scarecrow and Tin Man and all have been corrupted and the wicked are fighting for…good? I loved the good-is-bad-and-bad-is-good aspect. Danielle Paige totally reversed the character of Dorothy. The story is that she came back to Oz looking for attention, became a tyrannical princess and eventually took over.
The blurb is actually kind of misleading and I think it matches for the second book better. Amy isn’t assigned to steal the Lion’s courage, Scarecrow’s brains, etc. until the very last chapter. This book is focused more on Amy coming to Oz, training with the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked and being assigned to assassinate the power-hungry Dorothy. I didn’t mind that, but I just wanted to let you know.
I did enjoy the romance, though. I was quite worried about a possible love triangle but it was for nothing. Danielle Paige, if you are reading this by any chance, THANK YOU! I have a deep hatred of love triangles. The love interest, Nox (weird name, right?), has a great sense of humor and guys, that is fabulous.
Just in case you haven’t figured it out yet, I loved this book. I’ve been having great luck with retellings lately and this one did not disappoint. I had a few quibbles but otherwise I am thrilled to give this five stars. If you’re looking for a delicious darker read, this is for you. Can’t wait for the second book!