Published by HarperCollins on March 31st 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Retellings, Fantasy
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In this dark, high-octane sequel to the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die, Amy Gumm must do everything in her power to kill Dorothy and free Oz.
To make Oz a free land again, Amy Gumm was given a mission: remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, steal the Scarecrow’s brain, take the Lion’s courage, and then Dorothy must die...
But Dorothy still lives. Now the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked has vanished, and mysterious Princess Ozma might be Amy’s only ally. As Amy learns the truth about her mission, she realizes that she’s only just scratched the surface of Oz’s past—and that Kansas, the home she couldn't wait to leave behind, may also be in danger. In a place where the line between good and evil shifts with just a strong gust of wind, who can Amy trust—and who is really Wicked?
I’ve been holding off The Wicked Will Rise for quite awhile now, because reading Dorothy Must Die made me go into hyperventilation mode. I mean, if you’ve read my review for that book, you would know that I ranted here and there about how HORRIBLE Dorothy was. Well, I think I’ve gotten past that stage, because reading this book made me realize how much I actually miss Oz and its very intricate, detailed world.
There was so much more MAGIC AND monkeys and unicorns (well, not really). But I was definitely intrigued by the magic and everything that is Oz. But you know, I definitely wouldn’t go there. Especially not now. Let’s maybe wait till Amy saved it already. It was truly well-written and I could imagine the places where magic had touched, like I know the Yellow Brick Road is scary as hell. And the trees. And the sea of flowers.
This time, we barely get to see Dorothy (which might explains why I rarely fume while reading this book) and instead get to focus on Amy. I love that romance was not the focal point of this book, because as much as I find the romance between Amy and Nox really cute, I was more interested in getting to know Amy and Kansas and all the connections they have to Oz. And that was addressed in this book, LIKE FINALLY. It was what I’ve been waiting for my whole entire life, ever since that damn Dorothy dropped into Oz.
We also get to see the changes that happened within both Dorothy and Amy, and of course, the thing that sets them apart. Because as much as we would all like to see Amy be the heroine, at the same time, it’s hard to forget that she and Dorothy are practically similar actually. In my head, I picture them as twins, except that Amy is prettier and Dorothy is more like Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones. I think The Wicked Will Rise made me like Amy a whole lot more, because we get to see her in action, this time without anyone from the Revolution telling her what to do. It’s like, we get to see who she really is.
And then there was Pete, back again with his twisted smile and weirdness. Yeah, we finally get to know who he really was and oh boy, you’ll get the surprise of your life, BECAUSE I NEVER EXPECTED THAT. And to be honest, knowing who Pete was makes me really really sad, it made him seem unreal? SIGH.
I know the third book comes out this year, but it’s still a longggg way, and I really need to know what happens next. AISH.