Today’s book review is for No Place Like Oz by Danielle Paige.
author: Danielle Paige
release date: November 12, 2013
pages: 196 pages
Read: Dec. 18, 2013
Book Type: YA, fantasy
In this digital original novella, Dorothy travels back to Oz to reunite with old friends, but her story may not have a happy ending. No Place Like Oz is a prequel to the forthcoming novel Dorothy Must Die.
After returning to Kansas, Dorothy Gale has realized that the dreary fields of Kansas don’t compare to the vibrant landscapes of Oz. And although she’s happy to be reunited with Aunt Em, she misses her friends from the yellow brick road. But most of all, Dorothy misses the fame and the adventure. In Kansas she’s just another prairie girl, but in Oz she was a hero. So Dorothy is willing to do anything to get back, because there really is no place like Oz. But returning to the land she left comes at a price, and after Dorothy is through with it, Oz will never be the same.
Perfect for fans of Alex Flinn, Marissa Meyer, and Gregory Maguire, No Place Like Oz is a dark reimagining of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Building off of its rich mythology, Danielle Paige creates an edgy, thrilling story for teens that chronicles the rise and fall of one of the literature’s most beloved characters. This digital original novella is a prequel that sets the stage for the forthcoming novel Dorothy Must Die.(From Goodreads.com)
Well, these days it takes a lot for me to be blown away by a book, but this NOVELLA rocked my socks off.
We’re placed right back in Kansas, inside Dorothy’s head two years after she has returned from Oz. And there is a stark contrast from the doe-eyed Judy Garland version of Dorothy. She is much grittier, much more sarcastic, and overall very unhappy. Immediately you can tell Dorothy has changed from who she was when she clicked her heels.
This Dorothy is no Judy Garland.
The book was long and filled with lots of Oz goodness — many of the things you didn’t get to see in the 1939 classic. If you’ve read Wicked or the L. Frank Baum’s original stories (yes, there is more than just one!), then you’ll pick up a lot of the places, words, and story lines that diverge from the movie. If not, I’d recommend reading both! However, this novella does give enough back story to give you an idea of the expanded world that is Oz.
You’ll never look at those shoes the same way again.
A lot of the things that took place in the novella were predictable — time had passed much more quickly than Dorothy expected it to, she slowly started going *wait for it* evil, but the story was so facinating and well-written that I didn’t care. I was giddy practically the entire time I was reading it.
They don’t look so evil.
Seeing Dorothy go mad (and bad) was like watching Once Upon a Time when Peter Pan was evil. It breaks your heart a LITTLE bit to see a fairy tale you loved so much as a kid get turned on its head. But it also makes you think — and really broadens the idea that we don’t always know the whole story. Of course, at times I kind of wanted to shake Dorothy and tell her to quit acting like such a brat. But, I understood why it was happening.
“They say you can’t go home again. Well I’m proof that’s not true. Home isn’t where your born – it’s where you belong.”
– No Place Like Oz, Danielle Paige
If you’re planning to read Dorothy Must Die, I 100% recommend picking up this novella. It was really smart for Harper to put this out ahead of time. Plus, you’ll get a short excerpt of DMD — just enough to make you flip through the calendar and ask “Is it April yet?!”
Sorry Aunt Sheri!