Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire
The Final Volume in the Wicked Years

71%

11 Critic Reviews

...Maguire’s writing is beautiful, and the characters are often satisfying...
-AV Club

Synopsis

“Maguire’s work is melodic, symphonic, and beautiful; it is dejected and biting and brave. How great that people flock to these magical novels.”
Los Angeles Times Book Review

Bestselling author Gregory Maguire’s remarkable series, The Wicked Years, comes full circle with this, his fourth and final excursion across a darker, richer, more complex landscape of “the magical land of Oz.” Out of Oz brilliantly reimagines L. Frank Baum’s world over the rainbow as wracked with social unrest—placing Glinda the good witch under house arrest and having the cowardly Lion on the lam from the law as the Emerald City prepares to make war on Munchkinland. Even Dorothy makes a triumphant return in Maguire’s magnificent Oz finale—tying up every loose green end of the series he began with his classic Wicked, the basis for the smash hit Broadway musical.

 

About Gregory Maguire

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Gregory Maguire is the bestselling author of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Lost, Mirror Mirror, and the Wicked Years, a series that includes Wicked, Son of a Witch, and A Lion Among Men. Wicked, now a beloved classic, is the basis for the Tony Award–winning Broadway musical of the same name. Maguire has lectured on art, literature, and culture both at home and abroad. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.
 
Published November 1, 2011 by William Morrow. 610 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Out of Oz
All: 11 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Good
on Oct 19 2011

There’s even room in this deliciously fun novel for a trap-door sequel. Stay tuned.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Sep 05 2011

...this will be a revealing and satisfying end to the layered tale begun in Wicked.

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Examiner

Excellent
on Nov 08 2011

Out of Oz had no slow parts. The action kicked from the very beginning. The plot sped along like a galloping horse.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
on Nov 10 2011

It will delight Maguire’s legions of fans, but will surely seduce a whole new world of readers...

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Globe and Mail

Good
Reviewed by Kelley Armstrong on Jan 08 2012

Out of Oz provides a satisfying conclusion to Maguire’s series...Maguire has crafted an admirable conclusion that should thoroughly satisfy readers who have taken this journey with him.

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AV Club

Good
on Nov 30 2011

...Maguire’s writing is beautiful, and the characters are often satisfying...

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Tor

Below average
Reviewed by Mari Ness on Nov 01 2011

...I find myself admiring this book, laughing with and at it, but not loving it. This is a cold Oz, a brilliant Oz, an Oz painfully and realistically brutal to its characters, an Oz with an adorable little otter and witty dialogue and hilariously dirty Oz limericks, but it is not an Oz I can love.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Good
on Nov 28 2011

Maps, timelines and genealogies offer guidelines for neophytes and fodder for the obsessed.

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The Columbus Dispatch

Below average
on Nov 07 2011

Maguire’s prose is dense, metaphor-laden and old-fashioned.

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BookRack

Excellent
on Mar 17 2012

Gregory Maguire’s writing charmed me...A brilliant conclusion to a fantastic series.

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Escape Pod

Below average
on Jan 23 2012

...I’m afraid I’ll have to suggest that you pass...

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