Title: Dorothy Must Die
Author: Danielle Paige
Series: Dorothy Must Die (Book 1)
Release Date: April 1st, 2014
Pages: 452 (hardcover)
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 could lie and say that the reason why I decided to read this book was because I loved Wizard of Oz, or some other made up junk like that. I won’t ever do that. To be perfectly honest, I started reading this book because I love the whole idea of someone trying to kill the classic Dorothy Gale. We all know her to be this fun, loving and caring girl that stole the hearts of the many people of Oz. In my opinion, she is even a little too sweet, but that’s not what I am here to talk about. I’m here to write a review on Dorothy Must Die, and I am pretty excited to share my thoughts on this book.
Following the main character, Amy Gumm, we are immediately thrown into a life that is full of disappointment and neglect. Not only is this important to the story line but vital to the connections Amy makes throughout the book (and later on in the series as well). When she finds herself in Oz, Amy’s reaction is how I imagine any one of us would respond. Immediately, I was amused the direction Danielle Paige decided to take the story was nothing like the classic Wizard of Oz. The innocence is taken out, and a more adult approach is added in, making it appeal to me even more. Though the more adult approach was never over the top, it did incorporate more details to further develop the story.
I am not sure if I even have a complaint about Dorothy Must Die. I know that people could take that as I am giving it a perfect 6/6, but that’s not the case. We are not book reviewers that rate solely based off of the language and “flow of the sentencing.” Don’t get me wrong, as a writer it is always amazing to read well written work. As a reader, I have expectations of enjoyment that I want and need to be met. Even though Dorothy Must Die met most of those, I felt like there is still room for improvement.