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The End of Oz

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The End of Oz

I was incredibly excited to finally read the last book in Danielle Paige’s Dorothy Must Die series. I discovered the first book several summers ago at a local bookstore, and I was instantly hooked on this dark modern retelling of THE WIZARD OF OZ. This series is very unique, and I believe that this makes it even more appealing to potential readers.

Amy Gumm is back in Oz --- this time with her old school enemy, Madison Pendleton --- and she is expected to finally kill Dorothy for good. Amy has to find a way to do what she believes is impossible with the assistance of a ragtag crew of magicians and a not-so-typical high school mean girl. Of course, there are many new enemies in Oz for Amy to discover, and even a few unexpected friends. Amy must kill Dorothy before it is too late for all of Oz.

"There are seemingly always new adventures for Amy and her friends to discover in Oz, and Paige’s creativity and resourcefulness really shine when it comes to these minor characters and new locations."

Although I found the book a bit slow at first, I was soon hooked on the action that seemed to be constantly occurring. Paige does an excellent job of introducing plot twists that I do not see coming, and this book was certainly filled with many surprises and unexpected moments. I really enjoyed the addition of Dorothy’s perspective to the story --- even though she was a complicated character, it really showed her depth as a “villain." This book also did a good job at making Madison a more enjoyable character. While she certainly had some moments where she didn’t agree with Amy, I felt that she showed new aspects of her personality instead of just being a typical mean girl. The ending was very enjoyable. Paige did a great job of resolving the majority of conflicts while still leaving the door open for another return to Oz. I also feel that this book flows very well with the other three in the series. While there are some moments that might not necessarily be packed with action, this series certainly has its fair share of adventure that will keep readers entertained and wanting to read more about Amy’s adventures in Oz.

I would recommend this book and series to anyone who is a fan of the original Oz books or movie. It really shows a different side of both Oz and Dorothy --- one that isn’t always so enjoyable. I also think that teens who enjoy retellings of other classic fairy tales and myths would enjoy this series. It does a great job of incorporating background material from THE WIZARD OF OZ with Paige’s own creations. There are seemingly always new adventures for Amy and her friends to discover in Oz, and Paige’s creativity and resourcefulness really shine when it comes to these minor characters and new locations. I certainly believe that this series has made me appreciate THE WIZARD OF OZ in a whole new way, and I can only hope that this fascinating retelling will encourage others to think outside the box when it comes to adaptations of familiar stories.

Reviewed by Breck G., Teen Board Member on May 1, 2017

The End of Oz
by Danielle Paige