Characters and backstories borrowed from a classic with a cliche YA plot progression?
Dorthy sounded more like Regina George than an actual villain. Almost immediately – and might I add repeatedly – evil is presented in superficial manifestations (i.e. Dorthy dresses like a French hooker and Amy prefers to wear worn-in converse). At first, I just assumed that the pace was a tad slow, to build up to something amazing, but such disappointment! There were things constantly happening but the problem was that I just didn’t give a shit about any of it.
The quirky Tim Burton-esque Oz was a total fail. I mean, the hit-the-ground-running beginning had me wondering if this was maybe a contemporary re-telling with the parallels and metaphors of The Wizard of Oz woven into it. Truthfully, that would have been a better book. It tried too hard to be quirky and weird.
The biggest disappointment of all?
DORTHY DOESN’T EVEN FUCKING DIE! This book couldn’t even keep to it’s premise! You better be prepared for book two. Or three. Maybe this stupid series will never end. I’ll be in one of those automatic wheelchairs and she’ll still be kicking it in her red pumps.
If you’re a fan of Baum’s Oz or even Maguire’s Wicked, you’ll probably hate this book. I wish you luck if you’re continuing this journey, but it’s time for me to bow out. I’m truly glad it’s over.