Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Bought from my independent bookstore.
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: April 1, 2014
Series: Dorothy Must Die #1
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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 blue birds. 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 the yellow brick road, though—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.

Last weekend I picked up this book on a whim at my local independent bookstore. I was looking for a book that was original and something different than what I’ve been reading lately. After reading the summary I thought Dorothy Must Die would definitely meet my qualifications. Not only did the title stand out, but the awesome cover design drew me in too.

In Dorothy Must Die Oz is in ruins because Dorothy returned and took over the crown. She wants all the magic for herself and will stop at nothing to have total control, even if that means destroying Oz in the process. Then a tornado drops Amy in Oz and she’s recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked to kill Dorothy and bring Oz back to its glory days.

It took a few chapters to get into the story, but once things started picking up I really enjoyed it. I love how Danielle Paige used the well-known story of The Wizard of Oz as a jumping point for her book. Paige’s story was original; only some of the same characters, the land of Oz and the previous story for reference was used. I loved how I was able to experience Oz in an entirely different way.

I thought the world building was amazing, Paige’s description skills are incredible.
There were parts of the book were I had a hard time liking the main character, Amy, but as the book went on she really grew as a person which helped me grow to like her by the end.

I loved how the story has you question what's really good and what's wicked. I liked how it really opened up the definition of each word and makes you think about how far you'd go to do the right thing in the end.

When I first started reading Dorothy Must Die I thought it was a standalone novel, but it’s actually a trilogy! The ending answered a few of the questions, but left enough open to continue on into the next book. I'll definitely be eagerly awaiting the release of book two!

One thing I found definitely strange was what was on the back cover of the book. What was written was what drew me to buy the book and want to read it, but it pretty much gave up the big discovery at the end of the story. It really didn’t even feel like a ‘discovery’ since it was already clearly written on the back of the book. I found myself going wait, I thought we already knew that?! I mean it doesn’t give away everything, but definitely a big chunk!

Quote:
"You don't have to know every turn of the road in order to walk down it."


Even though there were parts of the book that felt a little too drawn out, I found the majority of the story to be relatively fast paced. I loved going on this journey through Oz with Amy and seeing the original story’s characters and setting in a completely different way. I honestly wasn’t expecting to like this book as much as I did! I definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a unique and awesome retelling-like-book, then you should totally pick up Dorothy Must Die!







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