Dorothy Must Die

In YA Book Reviews on December 16, 2014 at 4:42 am


by Danielle Paige

YA Fantasy Retelling/464 Pages/©2014/Part of a Series/Recommended for Mature 7th Graders and Older

Publisher’s Introduction:

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.

My Thoughts: Violence, bloody battles, and horrifying murders, oh, my! Author Danielle Paige conjured up quite the after story about the further adventures of Dorothy. The heroine of this story is Amy, who is a pink haired, high school outsider who lives in a trailer park in Kansas with her dysfunctional mother. She has attitude and spunk which shines through as she tells her story. I really liked her. She is sarcastic, witty, grounded, and brave, with the same bits of insecurity we all have. In short, a very well developed, real character.  For the most part, the story moves along at a fast pace, weaving through the introduction of multiple fascinating characters in rich detail (including the ultimate mean girl Dorothy!) with one plot twist after another. It is definitely a Young Adult novel, with rough language and some incidents of gory violence. Definitely intended for high school age and above readers, but there are some mature, sophisticated 7th and 8th graders who would also enjoy reading this book with its elements of Hunger Games and Harry Potter. I did not think I was going to like this book and just kept putting it aside for the longest time. Now I am hooked on it and can’t wait for the next book in the series.

Other Books in this Series: The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die Book 2), Yellow Brick War (Book 3), The End of Oz (Book 4)



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