By Cynthia Bujnicki
Star pupil at the Space Academy at Kansas Station Dorothy has lost herself in the land the Oz. On a mission to hunt down the stat eater Mirus, Dorothy lands in Oz, On a quest to find a way off the mysterious planet, Dorothy meets three people who need her as much as she needs them: a man without memories marked with a strange symbol on his face. A cyborg with a chip on his shoulder and a mysterious past. Moreover, a scarred hellioncat plagued by nightmares in the dark. Dorothy is running out of time, and the Wicked Witch of the West is coming for her. Dorothy is not in Kansas space anymore.
Lost Horizon takes readers far away from Kansas and into space as it decides to retell the classic Wizard of Oz. In this iteration Dorothy is a space cadet who is living on borrowed time and then she goes after and this star eater that could hold the cure to her disease when she sucked into a wormhole with her robotic dog Toto. This is where she crash-lands on a planet where science fiction meets fantasy. As far as opening go, it does take some time to build up, focusing on some brief backstory and world-building to orient the reader in the world as well as building a strong base for Dorothy’s characterization.
Michelle Hercules brings the characters to life in terrific ways. Dorothy is a strong-willed character, she is fierce, but she needs some help as well. She is not perfect, she is flawed, and that serves to make her more relatable. As for the other characters, they are also flawed, but that is what has always been true for this band of misfits, someone needed a brain, a heart, and courage. The way Hercules adapts the original story to make it her own and brings the characters to life is both ingenious and unique. It makes the story so worthwhile and gives it this breath of life that makes it unique. The readers can connect to the characters and their vibrant personalities. They all balance each other out perfectly and considering this story is a reverse harem romance as well, the dynamics work out in a way to make the romances fit in the story without feeling forced and out of place.
The story has the perfect balance of science fiction and fantasy. The non-stop action and adventure keeps the story moving at a steady and addicting pace. The story is invigorating and entertaining, and the characters only make the story even more entertaining. (★★★★☆)