Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige, narrated by , is the third part of this young adult series in an alternative world to the one we grew up with in Oz. This is a series that would be hard to follow without having read the first two books in the series — Dorothy Must Die and The Wicked Will Rise.
Amy Gumm finds herself back in Kansas, but she’s not alone. The Wicked are with her as well, and she must find something to help get them back to Oz before Dorothy destroys everything. This is Amy’s worst nightmare — returning to high school where she’s picked on by her peers and her mother is too drunk to even care where she is or if her homework is finished. However, the witches show her that things have changed since her disappearance, and her mother is now sober and her former bullies are nicer now that they’ve been ostracized.
In this installment, the action is much slower as Amy reunites with her mother and the peers that once tortured her. She feels just as out of place here as she did in Oz, but at least in Oz she could use magic and had a purpose. She meets up with the former quarterback and his former girlfriend — Amy’s nemesis — and they strive to uncover the truth about the real Dorothy from Kansas. It’s clear that Dorothy’s story was real and that no one believed her, but there is something magic still hidden in Kansas, and Amy must find it.
Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige, narrated by , is a unique retelling of the Oz story, and readers will enjoy the characters and plot twists. However, the dangling cliffhanger means there is sure to be another book in this series. When the action abruptly ends, readers can be frustrated, especially in the case here where there is a big question mark over everyone’s fate.
About the Author:
Danielle Paige is a graduate of Columbia University and the author of Dorothy Must Die and its digital prequel novellas, No Place Like Oz and The Witch Must Burn. Before turning to young adult literature, she worked in the television industry, where she received a Writers Guild of America Award and was nominated for several Daytime Emmys. She currently lives in New York City.