Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
April 1, 2014
Hardcover, 452 pgs
What it’s about:
Amy Gumm is just another girl living in a trailer park in Kansas. Her life totally sucks. Her mom is an addict, her dad left them, and she is the favorite target of the mean girls. Everything changes the day of the tornado. That’s right, a tornado in Kansas that rips her home off its foundation and deposits her and her mom’s pet rat in the land of Oz. Yes, that land of Oz. Except things are nothing like in the books and movie. Oz is dying and it is all Dorothy’s fault. The remaining witches of Oz have formed an alliance, the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked and they intend to train Amy for her mission. Her mission is simple: Dorothy must die.
Why you might like it:
Are you a fan of The Wizard of Oz series? If so, you won’t want to miss this twisted tale! Love fractured fairy tales? This one is awesome! Do you like your stories dark and deadly? This Oz story isn’t all rainbows and flowers (but then again, L.Frank Baum’s Oz was kind of dark as well). Do you enjoy it when the lines between good and evil are blurred? Well, get ready to find yourself cheering for some wicked witches. Maybe. It’s complicated. Speaking of complicated, I hope you don’t mind when things don’t always go according to plan. There are plenty of twists and turns and shocking curve balls thrown at out poor heroine. Dorothy Must Die was one of my most highly anticipated novels of 2014. I had high expectations and am pleased to report that this debut was as amazing as I had hoped it would be!
Want more like this?
I recently discovered Eric Shanower’s graphic adaptations of the Oz series. It is amazing! You might also try Mark McGiure’s Oz adaptation, the Wicked series. If you like retellings try Marissa Meyer’s Cinder series, Jackson Pearce’s Sisters Red and Sweetly, or Wendy Delsol’s Stork trilogy.