The Wizard of Oz is one of my all-time favorite movies, so I was excited to finally read DOROTHY MUST DIE by Danielle Paige.
In DOROTHY MUST DIE, Kansas resident Amy Gumm gets swept up in a tornado and lands in Oz, just like Dorothy did. Amy has seen the movie and read the book and has an image of Oz in her mind. But this isn’t the Oz she expects. Instead, she finds a place where Good Witches aren’t to be trusted and Wicked Witches might be the good guys. Even the road of yellow brick is crumbling.
The person to blame: Dorothy. She found a way back to Oz, seized power, and let it go to her head. Now everyone is in danger.
Amy has been recruited and trained to fight by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. Her mission: kill Dorothy.
I’m always a bit nervous when I start reading a fairytale retelling. I have it in my head that no one can pull off a retelling like the writers of ABC’s Once Upon a Time. But after hearing nothing but great things about DOROTHY MUST DIE, I decided to give it a chance.
Immediately I was swept up into the world. Danielle Paige’s vivid descriptions put me right there in the middle of Oz. The reader learns a lot at the same time as Amy, so it’s easy to feel exactly the same way she’s feeling. Nervousness, excitement, distrust, sadness, and even fear all rushed through me as I flew through the book.
I read the book so quickly, in fact, that it’s a miracle I didn’t get hundreds of paper cuts from flipping the pages. I loved and rooted for Amy, along with the rest of the good guys in the book, while I loved to hate the villains like Dorothy, the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, and the Lion.
I was desperate to find out the ending to the story, and was glad the sequel was already out when I got to the end. I’ve already recommended the book to friends and family and I’m sure I’ll read it again myself so I can enjoy it all over again.
I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a book with high-stakes and characters that stick with you long after you finish reading – and not just because those characters are already famous for other reasons. It’s a fabulous, richly written story that will keep you up reading at all hours of the night.
Rating: 5/5 stars