We have read Wicked by Gregory Maguire before, but our mother is in a book club, and we thought we would read books along with her book club, and this is the first book they are reading! Wicked is an interesting take on the classic story of Dorothy and the Land of Oz. The story starts at the birth of the Wicked Witch of the West, or Elphaba and continues through Dorothy's trip to her evil lair.
The characters are familiar, Glinda, Dorothy, the Wizard of Oz; but the story is very different. Oz is in political turmoil, and no one is quite as good or as evil they seem. The idea of the book is excellent, the execution leaves something lacking.
Quick vote: To be honest, we didn't love this book the first time around, but we enjoyed it much more this time. It gets a tad confusing at times, and fails to live up to some of it's promise, but it's a cool twist on a classic story, and it inspired an amazing musical (or so we hear).