Friday, June 21, 2019

Review: Lost Horizon by Michelle Hercules @XpressoTours

Lost Horizon
Michelle Hercules
(Oz in Space, #1)
Publication date: June 10th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

A magical planet torn apart by war. A defiant space pilot cadet determined to save the ones she loves. The adventure of a lifetime.

Oz like you have never seen before.

Space Academy prodigy Dorothy Hanson doesn’t have time for love nonsense. She has one goal, complete the mission her parents started before their untimely death.

When a cosmic disturbance hits the Kansas Space Station, Dorothy seizes that opportunity to go on her first space voyage. She didn’t expect to be sucked into a vortex nor land on a strange planet ravaged by war.

Stranded, she must embark on a perilous mission to the Land of Oz, the only nation that possesses the technology to send her home. Three strangers join Dorothy in her quest, all carrying reasons of their own for reaching Emerald City. A man without memories marked with a strange symbol on his face. A cyborg with a chip on his shoulder and a mysterious past. And a scarred hellioncat plagued by nightmares in the dark.

Dorothy doesn’t know if she can trust them, but as their journey progresses, their bond becomes stronger and Dorothy’s feelings evolve from suspicion to caring too much. Torn between contradicting emotions, she must find the strength to fight the evil forces that stack up against them along the way. Surviving the trip on the yellow road is priority number one, but can she survive losing her heart?

My Review:

Lost Horizon, Oz in Space is the Wizard of Oz like you have never seen before. Dorothy has just graduated the Space Academy at the top of her class. At first Dorothy seemed like a spoilt little brat who thought she should have whatever she wanted but as time went on I started to see Dorothy in a different light. She wasn't a spoilt brat at all, no Dorothy was the type of person to go after what she wanted if she believed she was in the right.

When Dorothy witnesses something that could save someone she cares about very much she wants to go after it hoping to find a cure and save her cousin but no one believes her. So Dorothy steals a ship and goes out on her own to find whatever it was that hit the space station so she can hopefully help save her dear cousin.

But instead of finding what she sets out to find she soon finds that she went through some sort of wormhole and crashes on another planet. Dorothy and her little trust worthy friend Toto set out to find a way for them to get back home but instead she meets a few peculiar people along the way that need rescuing.

One of her new friends has lost his memories and would like them back. Another is a tin man with a few secrets in his past. Another is a hellioncat who has suffered great lost. Dorothy and her three new friends are all seeking the same thing and that is to find the wizard and they must travel along the yellow road.

I really enjoyed this retelling of the Wizard of Oz and recognizing all the characters. The Lost Horizon has made me see more of what the Wizard of Oz truly meant and what the Scarecrow, the Lion and the tin man were actually looking for I think.

Lost Horizon is filled with action from beginning to end. The story and the world building are both so realistic and amazingly enthralling. Lost Horizon pulled me in from the beginning and kept me memorized through the whole journey. I can't wait to continues this amazing journey through Oz in Space with next book.

I highly recommend Lost Horizon to all fans of Si-Fi, retellings, fantasy oh and not mention the Wizard of Oz. If you like TV shows like the Orville or Star Trek then I think you will like Lost Horizon.

Author Bio:

USA Today bestselling author Michelle Hercules always knew creative arts were her calling but not in a million years did she think she would write a novel. With a background in fashion design she thought she would follow that path. But one day, out of the blue, she had an idea for a book. One page turned into ten pages, ten pages turned into a hundred, and before she knew, her first book, The Prophecy of Arcadia, was born.

Michelle Hercules resides in The Netherlands with her husband and daughter. She is currently working on the Legends of Gattica series.