My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won’t find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could’ve been better or what worked or didn’t work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it’s here I probably think it won’t injure your brain if you read it.
Amy doesn’t have it easy. She spends her days at school avoiding the bullies who call her Salvation Amy, and her time at home hiding her mom’s pill stash in their trailer to keep them from her. Everything changes when a tornado rips through their Kansas town, taking Amy’s trailer to Oz – somewhere that should be better than home… but it’s not.
Oz is not the place Amy thought it would be, and Dorothy is not the girl everyone knows from the stories. Magic has made her greedy, and the former Kansas farm girl has destroyed Oz in order to mine magic, enslaving the munchkins and monkeys. Glinda the Good Witch is anything but, the Tin Man a horrifying mechanical solider, the Scarecrow a mad scientist, and the Lion a true predator.
With everything turned on its head, Amy learns that the Order of the Wicked are actually the good guys in this new Oz – and they want to kill Dorothy, which only another girl from Kansas can do. With the differences between good and bad more than a little fuzzy, Amy has to decide which side she’s on, and how far she’s willing to go to join them.