Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

April 7, 2014 book review 7

Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle PaigeDorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Published by HarperCollins
Publication Date: April 1st 2014
Pages: 480
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

The New York Times bestselling first book in a dark new series that reimagines the Oz saga, from debut author Danielle Paige.
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 a road of yellow brick—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: Remove the Tin Woodman's heart. Steal the Scarecrow's brain. Take the Lion's courage. And—Dorothy must die.

So as many–most likely all of you–know, I have been absolutely dying to read DOROTHY MUST DIE for what seems like years. After getting a chance to read a chapter sampler that I got from YALLFest back in November, this book is all I’ve been able to think about it. The Wizard of Oz was my all time favorite movie growing up and after the little taste that I got of this not so glorious world that Paige created, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Everything about the new Dorothy, the destroyed Oz, Dorothy’s no longer sweet friends, the new girl from Kansas, Amy, fascinated me. I went in with very high expectations and I can thankfully say that Danielle Paige has ruined sweet Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz for me forever, and that is a good thing!

Amy from Kansas is living a life that she hates. She lives in a trailer park, her mom is non-existent most days, and people at school start stuff with her just to get her in trouble. A freak tornado turns her world upside and lands her in Oz, only it’s not the same Oz everyone has heard about. This Oz is desolate, barren, and it’s pretty obvious that something has gone terribly wrong. Despite not liking her home life, Amy sets off down the yellow brick road to get to the Emerald City, hoping that someone can help her get home. Only along the way does she realize that getting home ASAP isn’t going to happen. Dorothy has come back to Oz and taken over. Everyone thinks that Amy is capable, and the only one, who can take Dorothy down and restore Oz to its former glory.

If you want my opinion, I’d read Paige’s prequel novella, NO PLACE LIKE OZ, before you dive into DOROTHY MUST DIE. It’ll provide you with the fascinating backstory of how Dorothy arrived back in Oz and what went wrong when she got back. It’ll also give you little clues as to what may come up in DMD. Plus, NPLO was super good, I loved it!

Amy is one of my favorite types of main characters. She doesn’t come from a great home, she doesn’t have too many friends, she doesn’t know who she is or what she is capable of, but doesn’t let any of that stop her. Yeah, she may not be perfect but she is willing to learn. She knows she doesn’t have the skills or mindset capable of killing Dorothy, I mean hello? would you be able to kill someone, especially a girl who is famous and happens to come from the Other Place like you? I wouldn’t! But she embraces this idea and is willing to learn from others the necessary skills to help take back Oz. She’s a fighter, physically and mentally, and I loved the little spark that started to ignite in her. She’s extremely loyal to the friends she does make here and is willing to get herself into some serious in trouble in order to help them. She’s the perfect girl for this story and made reading it that much more enjoyable.

The plot was pretty fast paced for the majority of the book. I was absorbed in the characters, the setting, and where Amy’s adventures were taking us. Sometimes it wasn’t exactly where I had pictured the story to go but I nonetheless enjoyed every minute I spent reading. Sometimes the plot did drag a bit but then would pick right back up again with another exciting and potentially terrifying piece of information or event. This book is long. But in order to accomplish everything that needed to be accomplished in terms of world building and setting up the plot, all 452 pages were necessary in my opinion. We are left with a lot of unresolved issues, which means another book! Yay!

Danielle Paige took a risk taking the famous world of Oz and its characters and creating a story about what happens when power goes to your head. The risk really payed off for me because I loved this book. It was everything I was hoping for in a corrupt regime ran by a power hungry Dorothy. All the previous ideas you had about Dorothy and her friends are reversed and I loved getting to see this awful side to them. Amy was a great main character who really came into her own as the story progressed. I can’t wait for book #2 and to be able to see what happens next!

4.5 Thought Clouds

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7 Responses to “Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige”

  1. Cait

    I’m sooo glad you liked it!! This is like one of my most highly anticipated reads of the year, and I’m kind of surprised at how few reviews I’ve seen up lately. o.O WHY IS EVERYONE NOT READING THIS?!! anyway! I’m pretty excited still and I sooo want it to live up the hype. x)

    • Christine P

      I KNOW RIGHT? I literally have seen like 5? Maybe? I just don’t understand. Everyone has been talking about this for ages. I know I couldn’t wait to start it. YOU NEED TO READ IT.

  2. Natalie Natflixandbooks

    I’m so happy to hear that you weren’t disappointed. I’ve been dying for this book for months, too, and just snagged a copy from my library. I have heard that the story drags at times which almost has to be expected when a book is 400 + pages. I’m excited to dive into this one. I was getting kind of anxious after reading a couple of middling reviews. Great review!

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