Title: No Place Like Oz
Author: Danielle Paige
Pages: 125 pages
No Place Like Oz is the prequel to Dorothy Must Die. In this novella we find out how Dorothy made it back to Oz and how she came to be its most feared ruler.
In my review of Dorothy Must Die (posted earlier this week) I said that I felt the book was a bit slow paced in parts. Since reading No Place Like Oz, I can pinpoint why II felt like this. It is because we, the reader, knew nothing of Dorothy’s motivation to be evil. All we knew was Amy’s current view on things and the few things that had been revealed by the Wicked.
No Place Like Oz was a lot more likable because we were seeing how things had evolved into being. How Dorothy had gone from nice sweet girl to tyrannical and fascist dictator. I believe that had we been given either Dorothy’s back story or had been given her perspective in Dorothy Must Die the story would have been more enjoyable.
No Place Like Oz is a really good novella due to how much is revealed. It gives Dorothy Must Die more purpose and in retrospect made the story more enjoyable. In my opinion, it would have been better if these stories had been combined in some way.
No Place Like Oz by Danielle Paige is available now.
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When a Tornado sweeps across Amy’s hometown, the trailer in which she lives with her mother and pet rat is swept up and lands Amy in Oz. Yes, that Oz. Amy swiftly learns that the Oz that we have read about in the classic stories is not all what it seems. Now ruled under a reign of terror at the hands of Dorothy, Amy has to try her hardest to stay alive.
The Wizard of Oz has always been one of my favourite stories. More so due to the movie rather than the books (although I do plan to read the whole series of Wizard of Oz books in 2015) however, I cannot seem to warm to any of the literature that has been created in light of the original story.
Well, actually that is a lie. I bloody love Wicked The Musical. The book Wicked didn’t do it for me though. Dorothy Must Die is an extremely clever concept. The idea that Dorothy had turned evil and changed Oz for the worse is so clever. It usurps everything that we know about Oz and our beloved characters and the way Paige tells the story it seems almost plausible that Dorothy would be angry at another girl arriving in Oz by tornado; sheesh, get your own entrance!
There are interesting twists on characters and a few third act surprises that do keep you on your toes. However, I did find that there was far too much exposition and not a lot of action happening. I felt that the pace sometimes dragged.
Overall, Dorothy Must Die is a brave attempt to take on a classic story and for the most part Paige succeeds. With the subsequent sequels I do hope that a lot more action takes place.
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige is available now.
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