At first, I hated this book. I thought it was really boring and didn't understand what all the hype was about. And then I got to the last section of the book and all I could think was... "Wow!" Everything that seems trivial and boring throughout the first three-fourths of the book suddenly makes sense and is actually really important in understanding Elphaba's life. So basically I view this book as a compromise. If you are willing to put up with some really boring stories in the beginning in order to get to the magnificence that is the end, I think it is totally worth it. However, if you aren't good at pushing yourself to read a book you don't find interesting, I wouldn't suggest reading this. I, however, did not regret finishing this book. On the other hand, if you really like The Wizard of Oz and have actually read some of Baum's books about it, Maguire does some really phenomenal stuff with Baum's world such as giving vital roles to more minor characters from the original work.