[Gelesen] Danielle Paige: No Place Like Oz & Dorothy Must Die

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This has basically been something I have wanted to read for a long time and it didn’t disappoint!

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. [x]

Paige takes the classic Oz story and writes a sequel for it: here, the now 16 year old Dorothy gets the chance to return to Oz together with her aunt and uncle with the help of a pair of magic red shoes. Oz has changed but it is still home for Dorothy – and it’s hard for her to understand why her family reacts differently to it. Her shoes enable her to use magic and shit goes down.

They say you can’t go home again. Well, I’m proof that’s not true. Home isn’t just where you’re born-it’s where you belong. I found my home and I let it go. But I came back. Now I was home for good, and I would never, ever make the mistake of leaving again. The past was gone forever. There was no place like here.

The novella Nothing Like Oz is practically the prologue to the main first book in the series. There are a few nitpicks I had with it: the reaction of aunt and uncle Gale at Dorothy’s party. Like, why don’t they do anything than the girls start laughing? I don’t get that. Also Dorothy’s reaction at the end is a bit weak – yeah, she’s being corrupted by her power but still, at least a bit disgust couldn’t hurt. She’s taking everything a bit too much without questioning.

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.What happened?
Dorothy. 
[x]

Dorothy Must Die takes place quite a while after the events of the novella. Amy, a girl from today’s Kansas, gets to Oz by tornado express and has to discover that Dorothy and her gang are now pretty much running a tyranny and drain the place of magic. The plot is a bit all over the place at times and it needs a while to really get going. Paige needs for her heroine to experience the tyranny of Dorothy firsthand before uniting her with the Order of the Wicked Witches who fight back. The terms of good and wicked aren’t clearly defined anymore and Amy can’t really trust anyone.

“Be brave. Be angry. Don’t trust anyone.”

There are some interesting plot turns and it gives a solid foundation for the trilogy. Also, a heroine with pink dyed hair and a pet rat? Awesome all on its own! And there’s no love triangle so far anywhere at side as well. There is going to be another novella coming in November taking place between the first and second book and I’m pretty excited to see what happens in Oz.

rating: 4/5 | 5/5 = 4.5


BUCHDETAILS

Verlag: Harper Teen
ISBN: B00BATNQHY (No Place Like Oz) | B00DB3D302 (Dorothy Must Die)
Erscheinungsdatum: 12.11.2013 | 01.04.2014

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