5 stars to Over The Rainbow by Brian Rowe

Published October 8, 2013 by katheryn13

Zippy Green never meant to fall in love with a girl, but when she does, her ultra-conservative father tries to send her to anti-gay camp. At the Kansas City airport, however, she hides inside a giant suitcase and sneaks onto an airplane headed not to the camp, but to Seattle, where her online love Mira lives. Halfway through the flight, the plane barrels out of control and crashes into the ground, knocking her unconscious.

When Zippy awakens, she finds that most of the passengers have vanished. She doesn’t know what’s happened, but she’s determined to find out. She begins a quest on foot toward Seattle, and along the way, she meets a teenager with a concussion, a homeless man with a heart condition, a child without a shred of bravery, and a terrier named Judy. Together the group discovers that more than two-thirds of the world’s population have mysteriously disappeared. But that’s only the beginning…

All Zippy wants is to find her Mira, but before she can she has to contend with two outside forces. The first is her homophobic father, who does everything in his power to keep her from the girl she loves. And the second is extinct creatures of all shapes and sizes, including living, breathing dinosaurs, which have replaced the missing population.

 

Review:

OVER THE RAINBOW was a fantastic read! The heroine Zippy (short for Zipporah) had so many things to overcome both internally with her sexuality and externally with half the world’s population being replaced with dinosaurs. And still, she handled it all with her own special awkward charm and that adorable quick wit that made her character so endearing.

Zippy’s voice captured me from line one. “This isn’t me.” I could feel her conflict already. By the end of chapter one when she does something so crazy awesome in order to get away from her horrible father at the airport, I was totally invested.

I loved how the author made so many parallels to the Wizard of Oz. Zippy’s main goal and desire was so simple—meet, in person, the girl she’d been talking to and fallen for online—but everything that happened in between amped up the complexity. I was thrilled each time a new character was introduced, because I wanted to see how they compared to the scarecrow, tin-man, and cowardly lion. Absolutely brilliant.

Through the entire book I kept guessing how it would end, but with each new character that was introduced, my guesses changed. After all the injustice Zippy suffered, when she finally had to make a choice, she showed such grace and maturity.

This is a young adult read that should not be missed! The author pitched it as The Wizard of Oz meets Jurassic Park. Love that!! Also, this story was a Kickstarter project, which I thought was awesome! I wish I had known about it then, because I would have totally backed it!

The story can definitely standalone, but I really hope that Brian gives us more of Zippy and Mira’s adventure because they rocked!!

A few of my fave lines:

You’ve always been an ellipsis with a question mark at the end.
“Freak out? Why would I freak out? There’s just a goddamned dinosaur on the car!”
Life, if only for a moment, was perfect.

Karen

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