I just finished reading The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige, sequel to Dorothy Must Die.
First reaction: I WANT MORE! WHYYY do I have to wait an ENTIRE YEAR before I get the next book?!
Second reaction, after giving myself time to cope: Why do books need to be series- why can't they just come out all at once?
24hrs after finishing: I guess I get the waiting part- gotta keep the fans and readers interested somehow.
Needless to say, I loved this book. I plan on re-reading the two titles before the third one comes out next spring.
Onto the review:
The Wicked Will Rise picks up right where Dorothy Must Die left off. The Revolutionary Order of the Wicked stormed the Emerald Place hoping to kill Dorothy and free Oz... they weren't so lucky. Dorothy is harder to kill than they thought and after a tough battle, the Order is forced to retreat and re-group. Unfortunately even that doesn't go as planned. The Order is separated and now Amy is on her own, with the not-so helpful princess of Oz. The two journey across Oz in search of the Order and a way to defeat Dorothy.
Amy spends some time questioning who she is, why she is here and what her true goals are (like any frustrated, lost teenager). She gets a little annoying with the "am I wicked?" thought- especially after she dabbles in truly dark magic. Of course, there is a small love triangle (it must be a requirement for YA authors)- but it doesn't last very long. There is betrayal, drama, mystery, and action, lots of action. It ends on a cliff-hanger, leaving the reader begging for more- especially with the plot twist. It is not for younger grades- I recommend grades 9+ (for foul language usage). I thought it was a bit predictable, but the overall story and plot were well done. It was page turning, exciting, and fast-paced- I read it in two days.