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Sort of like ordering food because the picture on the menu was ...
Reviewed in the United States on September 27, 2015
I find Maguire's writing to be self-indulgent, and often needlessly vague. He creates complex, deep characters and then refuses to reveal them to his reader. He sets up subplots that don't seem to go anywhere. He created a fully-developed world with a political scheme, mythology, and socioeconomic structure, then forces you to try and guess what is happening with it based on his chosen narrator's limited point of view.
Elphaba was intriguing. Her "son" is uninteresting and grumbling, stumbling through this interesting world without bothering to share it with the reader. This book was frustrating, and ultimately unsatisfying for me. Sort of like ordering food because the picture on the menu was gorgeous, but when it arrives it was obviously heated in a microwave after being left on the counter too long.