The premise of this plot is interesting — turning Oz on its ear. However, the delivery is tedious and the book is a fail. Given how popular the musical is, it must tell a much better variation on the story because I don’t see how this one could be so popular.
Mcguire spends more of the book on character development than on action. Yet even then, he fails to provide depth in some aspects of character development. For example, no real explanations on why the Elphaba (Wicked Witch of the West) is green or has water issues. She herself seems to have little self-interest in understanding her own origins.
There isn’t one character that I liked. Not one. Additionally, none of them were even that interesting in the way you might not like a character but are still fascinated and want to know more.
Next, Maguire builds a t...e...d...i...o...u...s back story for Elphaba and some of the characters AndThenRushesTheClimax.
There are 3 more books in the series — and I have zero interest in reading them.