Dorothy Must Die
Summary: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:
Steal the Scarecrow's brain.
Remove the Tin Woodman's heart.
Take the Lion's courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!
I realized, looking around for the first time, that we weren’t in Dusty Acres anymore.
As a huge fan of The Wizard of Oz, I absolutely fell in love with Danielle Paige’s retelling of this classic tale. It’s not often that you see a retelling in the YA genre – much less a retelling about The Wizard of Oz – and I must say, I am pleasantly impressed.
We all know the story of Dorothy Gale, the little Kansas farmgirl who was caught in a tornado and instantly whisked away to the magical land of Oz, where she finds some companions and skips across the Yellow Brick Road to defeat the evil Wicked Witch of the West to earn a ticket home. Well, I hate to break it to you, but…
“…You only heard half the story. She did go home,” Indigo said. “Turns out, home wasn’t so great after all…one way or another, when Dorothy got here, that’s when all the problems started.”
Dorothy has found a way back to Oz, and is made a Queen alongside the ruler of Oz. But Dorothy isn’t used to having such power; and it’s not long before she becomes a ruthless power-hungry queen.
Enter Amy Glum. Amy Glum lives in Dusty Acres, Kansas, with a drug-addicted mother, an absentee father, and constant bullying and torment at school. One day, a tornado hits her trailer, and she is magically transported to the land of Oz. Almost immediately after she arrives, she is given a mission by a top-secret organization determined to bring Dorothy’s rule to an end.
“Simple. You’re going to kill her.” She looked right at me and said, “Dorothy must die.”
What I really enjoyed about Dorothy Must Die is the setting. Paige has managed to capture it so well, and her Oz is so creepy, yet so admirable, and I love that. It’s reminiscent somewhat of a Tim Burton-esque setting.
All in all, Dorothy Must Die is certainly an intriguing read. For those who found themselves engrossed with AG Howard’s Splintered or any other fairy-tale retelling, this is certainly something you should check out.