Published by HarperCollins on April 1, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Retelling, Young Adult
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 the yellow brick road, though—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.
I’m a sucker for a modern parallel or a retelling of a classic story from a different vantage point. I’m sure I’m not alone in that rite, but on the flip side of that coin, it has to be done well. The pound of flesh that must be taken for piggybacking a bit off a story beloved to so many, is that if you can’t make it any better, reveal a unique new perspective, or at the very least, not tarnish it, then LEAVE IT THE HELL ALONE. However, if you can accomplish any one of those three prerequisites, I’ll make you your own pedestal.
With Dorothy Must Die, Danielle Paige makes the cut. Dorothy, a villian? The Scarecrow, The Tin Man, and The Lion, her dark henchman? I was hooked just reading the back cover of the book. No synopsis needed!
Throw in a girl with pink hair in a trailer in a tornado, and there is no use in trying to resist. So I didn’t. I found DMD clever and refreshing. Our protagonist does drop the occasional ‘f’ bomb, but when you find yourself in the actual story of Oz, particularly this version, it can be unavoidable. I did not, however, realize that DMD was going to be a series until I abruptly ran out of story on the last page, and was left, the proverbial, ‘hanging.’ Well played, Paige, well played. You will certainly be getting two more books worth of money out of me.
So click your debit cards together three times, and swipe to buy this novel. You WON”T be sorry!
Four of five stars!