The Wicked Will Rise

In YA Book Reviews on April 6, 2015 at 12:53 am


by Danielle Paige

YA Fantasy Retelling/©2015/293 pages/Second Book in a Trilogy/Recommended for ages 12 and above

Publisher’s Blurb (Courtesy of Goodreads):

In this dark, high-octane sequel to the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die, Amy Gumm must do everything in her power to kill Dorothy and free Oz.

To make Oz a free land again, Amy Gumm was given a mission: remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, steal the Scarecrow’s brain, take the Lion’s courage, and then Dorothy must die….

But Dorothy still lives. Now the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked has vanished, and mysterious Princess Ozma might be Amy’s only ally. As Amy learns the truth about her mission, she realizes that she’s only just scratched the surface of Oz’s past—and that Kansas, the home she couldn’t wait to leave behind, may also be in danger. In a place where the line between good and evil shifts with just a strong gust of wind, who can Amy trust—and who is really Wicked?

My Thoughts:

This sequel to Dorothy Must Die is equally dark and wickedly good. I love Amy as the snarky narrator. She takes the reader on quite a ride as she tries to find a way to save Oz. Many of the characters from the first book can be found in the sequel, along with a few additional new characters, each of which another layer of complexity to the story.The plot takes up where the last one left off and quickly picks up the pace, providing lots of action, suspense, and twists and turns. But what I especially enjoyed about this book was the incredible writing. Danielle Paige is masterful with word building and description. For example, “It was like being spun in some Willy Wonka version of a washing machine. A neon palette swirled around me as I tumbled: hot pink, electric blue, candy-apple red, grape-soda purple, and every color imaginable in between, all of them zooming downward into infinity in a twisting, death-defying flume, carrying me faster than even seemed possible.” I wish I had tagged more great lines, but I was too busy turning those pages. Then it all came to an end. Rather abruptly, I thought, leaving me with an uneasy feeling of what-is-happenning here. That is the problem with those bridge books in a trilogy, and it is going to be along wait to find out what finally happens. Book #3 won’t be published until 2017. I am sure, though, that it will be worth the wait!

My Rating: 4/5

Additional Resources:

The Candid Cover review

USA Today – Interview with the author

Companion Books: The Lunar Chronicles by Marisa Meyer


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