Novella Review: No Place Like Oz

December 13, 2013 Uncategorized 13

No Place Like Oz by Danielle Paige

No Place Like Oz by Danielle Paige

Released: November 12, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins
Series: Dorothy Must Die #0.5
Pages: 196

In this digital original novella, Dorothy travels back to Oz to reunite with old friends, but her story may not have a happy ending. No Place Like Oz is a prequel to the forthcoming novel Dorothy Must Die.

After returning to Kansas, Dorothy Gale has realized that the dreary fields of Kansas don’t compare to the vibrant landscapes of Oz. And although she’s happy to be reunited with Aunt Em, she misses her friends from the yellow brick road. But most of all, Dorothy misses the fame and the adventure. 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.

As some of you may know, I had the privilege of reading the chapter sampler of Paige’s DOROTHY MUST DIE and I thought that those short 40 pages blew me away. But now after reading the prequel novella, NO PLACE LIKE OZ, I’ve realized that those 40 pages is going to be nothing like the full novel. Paige is an incredible writer and each chapter of NO PLACE LIKE OZ got better with each turn of “page.” By the end of the novella, I was completely in awe of how each chapter built on one another to create this explosive new world.

NO PLACE LIKE OZ takes place two years after Dorothy’s journey in Oz. She is extremely frustrated with her boring life in Kansas and is desperate to get back to her friends and the magic of Oz. In a turn of events, Dorothy is granted her wish to go back to the Emerald City. It’s only once she is back that she realizes what cost coming back has taken on her. She slowly turns from the sweet Dorothy to something completely sinister.

Paige perfectly captured the essence of the original The Wizard of Oz. Dorothy’s voice at the beginning is completely true to the original but with Paige’s own flare and style shining through. As Dorothy becomes more and more eager to find the person who brought her back to Oz, a sense of uneasiness overcame me. Not only was Dorothy anxious (and not necessarily in the good way), but I was too. Paige’s writing captures the reader’s attention and makes them feel like they are actually Dorothy themselves. It was great!

As I mentioned, Dorothy getting back to Oz isn’t all the rainbows and kittens like she was expecting. Power and hunger start to overtake her in her eagerness to stay there forever. Like the summary says, her coming back to Oz comes at a price. The price isn’t clear at the beginning, but over time we start to see just what it is and how it affects her. The changes in Dorothy are so subtle at first that you write them off as Dorothy just being overly eager to come to Oz and never return to boring Kansas. But oh my gosh, towards the end of the novella? Dorothy has almost done a complete 180.

I don’t want to spoil anything or tell you why these changes in Dorothy happen, so I’ll just tell you that you MUST read this book ASAP! Paige does an absolutely fantastic job showing Dorothy’s very slow transformation from the sweet and innocent prairie girl to a horrible, cruel, and power hungry little witch. (I could use another word there but I’ll keep this review G πŸ˜‰ If you’re just as excited about DOROTHY MUST DIE as I am, I implore you to read this novella right now. From what I’ve read so far of that novel, NO PLACE LIKE OZ gives you exactly the information you want to know going forward. It’ll explain everything that you’ll see in the new Oz that Amy will experience. With stunning writing, a gripping plot, and tons of shock value, NO PLACE LIKE OZ is a novella you don’t want to miss!

5 Thought Clouds!


13 Responses to “Novella Review: No Place Like Oz”

  1. Nocturnal Reader

    Wizard of Oz is one of my favorite movie when I was a kid. Have you seen the movie Oz the great and powerful? It’s also a good prequel.

    I just read the synopsis of “Dorothy must die” and wow, that looks promising. I can’t imagine an evil Dorothy. Too bad we have to wait until April 2014.

    I didn’t read your review above because I want to read the novella. πŸ™‚ I’ll get back here once I finished reading that.

    • Christine P

      Is that the new one with Mila Kunis? I still haven’t seen it yet, actually! I keep meaning to but whenever I’m at a Redbox I forget. Thank you for reminding me!

      I tried to be as un-spoilery as possible but I completely understand πŸ˜‰ Can’t wait for you to read it and let me know what you think!! Since you’re like me and loved the original movie, you’re going to flip at what happens in this novella. Make sure you do come back πŸ™‚

  2. Sunny Duvall

    I’ve been really wanting to read this series, but have had a lot of hesitation. SO HAPPY that you liked this novella and the sampler for DMD. It’s great when the writing is superb. Yay, you have me super excited now!

    • Christine P

      Sunny, you’ve got to read it!! It was so good. The way Paige characterizes Dorothy is just insane, in such a great way. Let me know if you do read it!

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