>> Thursday, May 22, 2014
No Place Like Oz by Danielle Paige
Series: Novella length prequel to Dorothy Must Die
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: 2013
I recently purchased a copy of Danielle Paige's book Dorothy Must Die. Then I discovered that there was an ebook prequel novella available so I had to read it.
From the publisher:
Dorothy clicked her heels three times and returned to Kansas. The end . . . or was it? Although she's happy to be home with Aunt Em, Dorothy has regretted her decision to leave Oz ever since. So when a mysterious gift arrives at her doorstep on her sixteenth birthday, Dorothy jumps at the chance to return to the glittering city that made her a star.
Setting off for the Emerald City, Dorothy is eager to be reunited with her friends: the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion. But she soon discovers that in the time she's been gone, Oz has changed—and Dorothy has, too. This time, the yellow brick road leads her down a very different path. And before her journey is through, Dorothy will find that the line between wicked and good has become so blurred she's not sure which side of it she's on.
I not only enjoyed this novella all on its own merits but I'm not even more excited about reading Dorothy Must Die. Even though I hated the audio production of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz that I listened to a few weeks ago I was glad that I chose to re-experience L. Frank Baum's original story. This novella is definitely a follow up to the book and not the movie of The Wizard of Oz. There are characters and story from the original book that are referenced in this and while it’s probably not necessary to be familiar with Baum’s book it helps.
While Dorothy has been back from Oz two years, Time has passed differently in Oz so when she returns things have changed. By the end of this novella, Dorothy has changed quite a bit too. I am looking forward to continuing the story in Dorothy Must Die.