I’ve encountered more than one Wizard of Oz allegory in my life, and more than one of them has been very Sci-fi in nature. I especially enjoyed the movie on the Sci-fi network a few
years (decades) back.
I have to say, though, that today’s book, No Space Like Home is by far the best. This book takes on a Wizard of Oz Allegory with both futuristic/spacetravel fun, and the Good Shepherd into the bargain. It’s like a perfect collection of my favorite elements!
Were you a fan of the Wizard of Oz movie growing up? I’m sure the splash of color it made was spectacular, and for 1939, it really was a good movie. To me it was okay, but as I’ve been reading the real books over the last few years, it’s such a pale shadow of what it could have been.
But enough of that, let’s talk about our current Wizard of Oz allegory!
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About This Wizard of Oz Allegory
Book: No Space Like Home
Author: Dell Tunnicliff
Genre: Fiction/YA/Science Fiction
Release Date: September 4, 2019
If life were only as simple as following a yellow brick road. Gail’s quiet life among the Kansa Station turbines ends with a hug, a prayer, and a shove… into space.
She thinks she knows who she is, but she’s wrong. Who is she really? She’s about to find out.
Of course, landing on the wrong planet is complicated enough without crashing into things. Add to that spybots, waspbots, and cyberwolves and it’s no wonder Gail just wants to go home. Back to a life without this interplanetary circus and its flying monkeys.
Intrigue, secrets, and more than a little danger turn a “simple mission” into a hair-raising adventure as Gail—and three friends she meets along the way—accept a mission to save O-Zoras.
In the end, Gail wants nothing more to go home. She’s just not sure where that is anymore. “I’ve decided that home is more about who than where.” Well, that’s a good thing, Gail, because you’re not on Kansa anymore. It’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz meets Firefly in this fresh, a little zarbi, but totally licit YA space adventure. Grab your copy today and see what ALL that even means!
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My Thoughts on The Wizard of Oz Allegory
No Space Like Home is a real page-turner, and you don’t have to be a teen to enjoy it.
Taking such a classic and setting it in space, with faith, and doing it well could not have been easy, but Dell Tunnicliff succeeded! All of the key allegory parallels are there. Yet you can get so pulled in to the story that you forget what you know is coming. You find yourself going “oh, duh, I knew that!” or maybe “Why didn’t I see that coming?” if you’re familiar with the original at all.
One of the best parts of this Wizard of Oz Allegory, you’ll find yourself identifying with various characters throughout the story. Gail, the Scarecrow, the Tinman and the Cowardly Lion each pull at your weaknesses and strengths.
I don’t know that I could pick a favorite, but George the Scarecrow was definitely a frontrunner. His amnesia created a unique place for him to discover himself in a way that had less pressure than might have been the case otherwise.
It’s clean teen fiction, with a mild thread of romance, but that’s so far from the focus of the story that it won’t bother anyone, and still satisfies the schoolgirl need for some heart flutters.
This is one Wizard of Oz book alike that I would highly recommend! I see there’s a sequel due out before too long, and I can’t wait!!
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Will You Read this Wizard of Oz Allegory?
Hopefully, you’ve realized that there really is No Space Like Home, and will check out this Wizard of Oz allegory for yourself. A copy for you and your family. A birthday present. Even Better! Request a copy at your local library! “Random” teens will check it out, and be impacted with seeds of truth!
Until Next Time, Love God, Love Books, Shine The Light!!