Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday {10}

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:
I haven't read the original Wizard of Oz books all I really know about Oz is what I learned from watching the movie one time and what is commonly known in pop culture. I'm assuming this is a very minimal background in this world. I've been very interested in reading re-tellings though, especially those of classic and well loved novels. (I'm currently reading Tiger Lily which is a re-telling-ish of Peter Pan). Dorothy Must Die is right up this alley since it's a retelling of The Wizard of Oz. 
(On a side note, I think re-telling is often not the right word for a lot of these books. Calling it an alternate story line might be more appropriate.)
Synopsis from Goodreads:
I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still the yellow brick road, though—but even that's crumbling.

What happened?
Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas.
I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I've been trained to fight.
And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman's heart.
Steal the Scarecrow's brain.
Take the Lion's courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!

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