Friday, April 18, 2014

2014 book 83

Danielle Paige's Dorothy Must Die
This is not a book I had any particular interest in reading, but hey, you take what you can get with library e-books. At first, it was actually really readable, and most of it moves along at a good pace, as Kansas teen Amy, bullied for living in a trailer park, is whisked away to Oz by a tornado, where she encounters various Oz denizens (I loved the goth Munchkin) and finds out Dorothy has basically become a fascist despot. Things drag a bit in the middle--the romance angle is unnecessary and really bogs the story down, and the whole learning-to-believe-in-yourself thing feels pretty trite--and some plot points are VERY easy to figure out if you've read any of the Oz books (and those take WAY too long to be revealed). The writing itself is fine, if repetitive and occasionally cheesy. The ending indicates a sequel is coming, but I doubt I'll read it. B.

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