If you want my opinions on the first three books in the Dorothy Must Die series, click here:
All caught up? Okay then. Let’s proceed on to book 4.
I have to say, book 4… Was kind of a Letdown.
Part of me thinks it’s because this is where the series ends. While young adult isn’t a demographic I regularly indulge in on purpose, I’ve actually been enjoying the books for the most part. The fact this thrillride is over, and now I have nothing to look forward to every April is just kind of a downer.
It could also be that the eventual death of Dorothy that we’ve been waiting for since book 1 was kind of a lame-ass cop out. I spent four books waiting for this bitch to get hers, and the series ends with the main character “taking the high road” on the death penalty like some sanctimonious, bleeding heart pro-lifer on their soapbox denouncing “the satanic institution of death row”. Ugh, don’t even get me started: we’ll be here all night, and it’s already 3:00 in the morning as I write this.
All I know is rather than a satisfying final battle that leaves the antagonist dead, we get this bullshit morality ending, and Dorothy basically erases herself from existence using… I don’t know, bailfire? Does anybody outside the Wheel of Time fandom even know what I’m even referencing? I waited three fucking years for this, you know. I’m KIND OF satisfied The Noamb King got his… Although The Noamb King was pretty one-dimensional by comparison .
It could also be that the FRIangle that has been a minor inconvenience since book 1 reaches its climax. They finally boink in this book, and it gets pretty insufferable afterward. Sue me, I wasn’t much of a hopeless romantic when I was their age. Hell, I used to MST the shit out of this sort of lovey-dovey stuff.
It could also be that, in my humble opinion, chapter 23 was literally unnecessary. You really could’ve ended the story on chapter 22, and it would’ve been less tedious. Instead, we get this long, drawn-out, “where are they now” sort of ending that I was really wishing would just hurry up and be done with.
The End of Oz, like the books before it, is read by Devon Sorvari. I forgot to mention it in the review of the first three books, but I honestly find listening to Sorvari to be the biggest ordeal of the series. Even when the books are GOOD, I find her style to be slow and monotonous. It hasn’t gotten better as the years have gone by, sad to say. I’d like to think she’s giving it her all, and I can forgive a reader who’s a reader of about two or three voices tops, but I get the feeling Sorvari was getting paid by the hour the rate she was reading.
Hell, maybe I didn’t enjoy this one as much because I’m just not feeling the concept anymore. It seriously took FOUR books to kill Dorothy, and they didn’t really KILL Dorothy so much as they clicked the delete button on her and undid everything she did as a result. Did I mention that was very unsatisfying? Because it is.
I probably shouldn’t be complaining too much in the longrun. Shit, I’m a thirty-one-year-old man who has to self-publish all of HIS crap complaining about someone’s young adult series that managed to get for-real published. Still, this book was actually kind of a letdown. It’s the end of an era. I just wish it didn’t have to go out with an apathetic shrug, mumbling “Whatever, it’s done. I’m out of here.”