Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige is full of dark plots, characters, and motives. It has you guessing with each character, who can protagonist Amy trust? Everyone has an ulterior motive, and they don’t always include Amy’s best interests.
At first, this book disheartened me. First of all, I felt that it really relied on a reader’s knowledge of the movie The Wizard of Oz. And second, it relied on a love for that movie. I had neither.
In the end, I really enjoyed this book! Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige, although not exactly a retelling in my opinion, but rather a sequel to the movie, I think did an excellent job of putting an interesting spin on the original tale.
Goodreads summary of Dorothy Must Die by 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 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.
My Review of Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige:
Very unique! Dorothy has turned evil/psycho and the land of Oz has delved deep into misfortune and misery. Now it’s Amy’s turn to save Oz with the help of the Wicked witches.
Next, the characters were the most interesting aspect of the story for me. The reader is misled so many times, unsure of who to trust, or who is even really who they appear to be.
All in all, this was a fun book. While I wasn’t so sure of it at the beginning, the ending inspired me to pick up the next book in the series, The Wicked Will Rise.
I give it 4/5 stars.
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