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Wastelands of Oz (Return to Oz)
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I paused at the 75% point when it appeared all was lost to write the beginning of my review because I want you to know this is a book in which characters die. At this point, I am very involved in the story and I care what happens to Dorothy, her daughter Maryjane, and the familiar trio—the Lion, the Scarecrow and Nick the Tin Woodsman. I want good to prevail and this grey dystopian OZ to return to the emerald green of my childhood. As I said, I haven’t finished the book, but I’m fairly certain Dorothy may not make it out of this story alive and I will cry if she dies—but, I don’t know yet what will happen. So here my book lies open at 75%, and I find I’m so involved with the people, and OZ, it’s impossible to write a critical assessment and I guess that should be review enough . . . but I’ll continue.
Okay, now I’ve finished and I have to say the final 25% of the book is possibly the most exciting ending to a book I have ever read. Wow.
Kasey Hill took that wonderful story and created
a part 2. It's not all sunshine and daisies like OZ
used to be. Now it's a barren wasteland full of
Evil caused by The Red Sorceress. Dorothy is ill
and her teenage daughter Maryjane is the only
hope for OZ to be returned to its original beauty.
I love the twists and turns this story takes. Once
you start you won t be able to put this amazing story
down. I'm definitely looking forward to reading
more of Kasey Hill's books!!!!!
Overall, Kasey does a great job of crafting an interesting story with a villain that has ties to not only Dorothy but Oz as well. She has clearly done her homework and brought these characters to life and have given them an update. We know these characters, and to see them older seems a bit weird at first but it's all a part of Kasey's vision, Wastelands is a decent start to the series and it makes you wonder what she has up her sleeve for the next book in the series. If you like dark fantasy or even a fan of Oz this is a worthy addition to your collection, Sure some of the interactions between Mary Jane and Charlie don't seem realistic but maybe it's because I'm a guy and I cringe at the mere hint of romance in the books I read. As a new entry into the Oz mythos it certainly grabs your attention and keeps things moving at a steady clip.
Wastelands Of Oz is one of those books you pick up and find that you can't put it down. Kasey is a talented writer that knows how to craft a solid story. This is a darker version of the tale we grew up with and it may in fact alienate a few who find that the story is too dark, or maybe too grown up. It's not a novel for young adults, but for the adults who are fans of the other Oz offshoots. I may be a guy, but I still enjoyed the majority of Wastelands. I gave it five stars despite some of the scenes that made me groan out loud. As a whole it's a damn good book that shows you can breath new life into characters that some people may deem sacred and create something new from the pieces that another author already created.
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