Book: Dorothy Must Die Series: Dorothy Must Die #1 Author: Danielle Paige Date of Publication: April 1, 2014 Publisher: HarperCollins Source: Own Rating: 4/5 Beans
I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado – taking you with it – you have no choice but to go along, you know?
Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still a yellow brick road – but even that’s crumbling.
What happened? Dorothy.
They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.
My name is Amy Gumm – and I’m the other girl from Kansas.
I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I’ve been trained to fight.
And I have a mission.
I honestly was not sure what to expect from this book when I first got it for Christmas from my roommate. We decided to read it out loud, so it took a little longer, however, it was entirely worth it! We found ourselves looking forward greatly to reading each opportunity we had. Like I said, I was unsure what to expect from this book and I was not disappointed. Danielle Paige did a wonderful job of bringing us back to Oz and showing how much everything had changed. Let me tell you, everything has changed, and unfortunately for those living in Oz it has not changed for the better.
This story was well thought out and quite in depth, especially since it is a sort of spinoff of an American classic: The Wizard of Oz. I loved that the original characters from the movie were brought back and we could see how corrupt they have become due to their ‘gifts’. It really messes with your head for a while at how violent Oz has become and how graphic the writing becomes at times. I can’t even begin to describe the characters without spoiling some part of the story, but they were so well done that I felt I was there with the characters and that I (for the most part) understood what each was going through.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a good adventure story in a world that we do not quite understand, because Oz is not Kansas. I give this book a solid 4 out of 5 beans. Enjoy!