The Wizard of Oz meets the Hunger Games
I kindly received this proof from the Young Adult Literature Convention back in July from the Chicken House publisher stall and is due for release in January 2018.
This book has an interesting and unique plot. Best friends, Violet, Katie and Alice, alongside Violet’s Brother, Nate, end up in a freak accident at Comic Con, transporting them to their favourite fictional novel and movie – The Gallows Dance – something very similar to the Hunger Games, with ‘Gems’ very much like the people in the luxury higher districts in the Hunger Games.
Violet has to get herself and her friends back to the real world by re-enacting the horrors of the Gallows Dance, becoming a rebel and taking the place of the novel’s main protagonist, Rose.
I was expecting some light and fluffy YA plot, but let me tell you – this story is BRUTAL. There are hangings, murders, fights and betrayals throughout the whole of this book and I’m so pleased it went beyond the boundaries of YA fiction.
The character development of Violet and her friends was vague and a bit 2D but the plot line made up for it. The middle of the story did drag for me though and I got into a bit of a reading slump with it. I think some of this could have been cut as there wasn’t any benefit to the story. I normally ready around three books a month and I only managed to read this one book throughout the whole of September. I started to read big chunks of it towards the end as this is when the pace really quickened up for me with a twisted ending that I didn’t expect.
Definitely pick this book up if you are a fan of dystopian novels as it carries so many traits from books like Divergent and the Hunger Games.
I gave this book 3 stars on Goodreads.