Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die #1)
Published HarperCollins 2014
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: Hardback from the library
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.
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:
Remove the Tin Woodman’s heart.
Steal the Scarecrow’s brain.
Take the Lion’s courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!
This book is a really cool retelling of The Wizard of Oz. The world Danielle Paige has created was so beautifully done, combining the best between the old world of Oz and a whole another imagined world. In this part of the book, this is probably the strong point. Oz is a creepy, reimagined story. I really like the way that the old elements were mixed in with the new story – especially Glinda, the winged monkeys, and the Wizard. The way that Dorothy came back to Oz was not totally weird and allowed for the story to start again.
Amy, the main character, is a little bit annoying. Her backstory is that she has a constantly depressed mother after her father left her. When the tornado takes her up into Oz, she becomes suddenly strong and very smart. I really did not expect this twist to turn around in her character development. I also found a problem with the romance she had. It seemed very instalove and there was just something so cliche about it. The minor characters were also interesting, but I just wanted to know more about their stories and the world. The witches who help teach Amy aren’t really that big of a deal, but we are expected to feel something major for them. One thing I do appreciate about the story is that there are already deaths within this first book. I just shows how nitty gritty the new world of Oz really is.
The plot was very interesting and it kept the story moving along, but the problem was with the slow pacing throughout the entire book. It moved along so slowly while she was being trained and waiting to kill Dorothy. However, the problem was that I was waiting for something (anything) to happen the entire time, but it never really built up to anything. The whole book was just the set up for the rest of the books in this trilogy (which probably could have been in just one story). I really don’t know if I want to continue with the series after having this first book. It was fun to see the way Oz was adapted, but the characters and plot don’t really live up to that. Plus, I don’t want another two books with the same concept.