Review: The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige

Book cover for The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige.

Title: The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die #2)
Author: Danielle Paige
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: March 31, 2015
Pages: 293
Stars: 5/5

Summary (from Goodreads): 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? 

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Returning to Danielle Paige’s Oz never felt so good! Amy Gumm is back as a strong and sassy main character who knows how to fight. Also, the setting of Oz is so familiar, yet completely different from what you imagined. Finally, the plot is filled with so many twists and turns you will be furiously turning the pages to find out what happens next!

One of the things that  I really love about The Wicked Will Rise is how strong the main character, Amy Gumm, is. Sometimes in young adult literature, female main characters are portrayed as weak and defenseless. Amy is definitely not one of those characters. She has attitude and knows how to fight for what she wants! The YA genre needs more books like this to support females and inspire strength within girls.

The method that Danielle Paige uses to describe Oz, in this retelling of The Wizard of Oz, is so fantastic! I absolutely adore how the same landmarks are included, such as the infamous yellow brick road, which makes reading so relatable and enjoyable. Danielle Paige gives the reader a sense of familiarity and then crushes those childhood memories with Oz’s new dark and scary setting. Retellings that take the same setting, but turn it completely upside-down are so wickedly good!

Another amazing component to The Wicked Will Rise is its unpredictable plot. Throughout the beginning of the book, it seems like all is going according to plan. Find Dorothy, kill her, restore the magic to Oz, right? Wrong. When the reader least expects it, BAM! Major plot twist. This isn’t the typical plot twist that will surprise the reader and then they’ll get over it after a few minutes. The plot twists in these books are so powerful that they will cause readers to put the book down and process what just happened in the book. You will have to read the book to see for yourself what I’m talking about!

This book seems short, but really, it is jam-packed with suspense and action. If you are a fan of the classic story of The Wizard of Oz, I highly recommend The Wicked Will Rise to you! Of course, read the first book, Dorothy Must Die, before picking up The Wicked Will Rise.

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