The End of Oz by Danielle Page
Read by Devon Sovari
Summary from Goodreads:
Ding dong—Dorothy is dead.
I watched as the Emerald Palace crumbled to the ground, burying Dorothy, the Girl Who Rode the Cyclone, under the rubble. And now that the rightful ruler, Ozma, has been restored to the throne…
Oz is finally free.
My name is Amy Gumm. You might remember me as the othergirl from Kansas. When a tornado whisked me away to the magical land of Oz, I was given a mission: Dorothy must die.
But it turns out girls from Kansas are harder to kill than we look.
Now the Road of Yellow Brick is leading me away from Oz to the dark world of Ev, where I have a new, powerful enemy to deal with: the Nome King. And—surprise—he has a gingham-clad bride.
With my magical shoes and a shrinking group of allies, I have one final chance to fulfill my mission, and save not only what’s left of Oz, but Kansas, too. As the line between Good and Wicked blurs even further, I have to find a way to get rid of Dorothy once and for all—without turning into a monster myself.
Dorothy once said there’s no place like home. Can I stop her from destroying mine?
This was a satisfying ending to a good re-imaging of the Oz books. It was just as dark and crazy as the first three and it was fun to see the story from Dorothy’s point of view.
I enjoyed watching Amy Gumm struggle with her demons and grow into the person she was meant to be by the end of the series. I loved watching her relationship really grow and blossom with Nox. I also enjoyed having Madison along for the ride, but I sometimes wondered why she was there? She didn’t contribute much to the story, except as a way to help Amy understand Dorothy a little bit better. There is a very interesting scene when Madison tries to explain to Amy why she had bullied her for so many years. It was a nice insightful look into the making of a bully. The Nome King was very creepy as well and how he treated everyone in his kingdom was perhaps worse than Dorothy. Having Dorothy’s point of view was also very interesting. You really got a good look into how her character ticked. At times her perspective of the story was so different from Amy’s that you could really see how twisted she had become. It also helped with understanding the ending as well.
That said, I agree with many others that four books were too many for this series. I was totally fine with three and felt that this storyline with the Nome King was not necessary. But I am not one to judge authors and their visions for their books. I enjoy Danielle Paige’s writing style and look forward to reading more of her books. She left the end of this book open to more set in Oz, which could be good too.
Finally, Devon Sovari did an excellent job with the narration. Even though we were switching between Amy’s and Dorothy’s perspectives, she had distinct inflections to her voice that made it easy to distinguish between the two characters. Amy’s was more down home while Dorothy sounded like a delusional girl that thought she was better than everyone else. I would recommend the audiobooks just because of her voice (yes she did all of them). I also will be keeping an eye out for more books narrated by her.