Series: Dorothy Must Die,
Published by Harper Teen on 12 November 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Girls & Women, People & Places, Politics & Intrigue, Short Story / Novella, Social Issues, Young Adult
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Place(s) Traveled To: Kansas // Oz
First Line(s): They say you can’t go home again.
No Place Like Oz by Danielle Paige is a prequel story to the upcoming book Dorothy Must Die and takes place around 2 years after Dorothy returned home from Oz. In No Place Like Oz everything that Frank Baum wrote about in his books is real and Dorothy is trying hard to adjust to her ordinary life. She many wonderful things while in Oz, performed great deeds, and was well liked by all. She is feeling lost and adrift back in Kansas because no one believes what she says happened when the tornado carried her away and she begins to wonder why she ever left Oz at all. I really liked all the nods in No Place Like Oz to the original story, including the use of the silver shoes originally worn as opposed to the red ones seen in the movie, and you can tell that Danielle Paige is a big fan. I also found the story to be realistic and even understood Dorothy’s frustration on returning home.
I became lost in No Place Like Home and enjoyed Paige’s writing style and the set up that this novella gives to her upcoming Dorothy Must Die. I do feel though that without reading how Dorothy returned to Oz and how she rose to power there that I would be lost at the start of Dorothy Must Die. This novella is short but it contains a lot of information in it. It also wouldn’t hurt for a reader to have some knowledge of the original stories as well as there are references to them as the source and not the movie that most people know and love.
I enjoyed this prequel and it does get me excited for Dorothy Must Die but I think that because it does rely on the original stories that it does take away a little from the novella as not everyone is going to know them. They’ll see references to the silver shoes and wonder why and wonder why we don’t hear reference to red shoes until Dorothy receives the mysterious package on her birthday. I am more sold now though on Dorothy Must Die than I was before and really like how this novella sets it all up. Just be sure to read it before Dorothy Must Die so you understand how things came to be.