There is no yellow brick road here. No emerald city. No lollipop guild. This is the Australis Penal Colony, a continent sized prison referred to the world over as the Outcast Zone. Built to contain the world’s most dangerous criminals, OZ ended up the dumping ground for everything polite society deemed undesirable.
Season One – Episode 1
From inside OZ a garbled message proves Dorothy’s father is still alive, trapped in a prison with only one way in and no way out. Into this place 17-year-old Dorothy must go if she wants to find her father and keep the promise she made to her dying mother.
I love the Wizard of Oz and I love steampunk, so imagine my delight when I stumbled upon the two mixed together. I was thrilled and couldn’t wait to read it, and now I can’t wait to read the next ones because it left me hanging- and I must know what happens.
In Forgotten One you meet Dorothy, her father, and her mother. You also get briefly introduced to what Oz actually is in this world. And it isn’t the magical land that one would hope it is. In fact it’s quite the opposite. But you watch as Dorothy’s father meets with people about a new plan he has, yet they don’t want to speak with him at all, and it seems his journey was for nothing. From there it all comes unglued as Dorothy’s father is taken captive and Dorothy is left to fend for herself and find her father, because she promised her dying mother that she would.
So we follow her to Aunt Em’s farm, which is like an orphanage. And Dorothy tries to escape on several occasions we learn as we read, and we witness two of these escapes as the story progresses. And during these escapes you see that Dorothy is extremely resourceful and that she can handle her own.
You watch as Dorothy grows from a small child into a teen still with the same desire to find her father. She never loses hope, and I think that’s something everyone can take from this novel. Never lose hope.
I can’t wait to read the next in this series and look forward to more from this amazing author.