Series: Dorothy Must Die #1
Published by: HarperTeen on April 1, 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Retellings, Young Adult
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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.
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.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!
I received this book for free from YABC in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
One Line: An excellent retelling with a twist. I will definitely be keeping up with this series.
What I Loved: After hearing all the buzz about this book and seeing that it was a Wizard of Oz retelling/spin-off, I knew I had to give it a shot. For the most part, I was pleasantly pleased with this book. Paige’s writing is great and I loved this spin on such a classic story. Taking such iconic characters and putting such a dark and twisted spin on them was just genius and I really loved being able to visualize them as well as this world in a new light. Having Dorothy as a bad guy and seeing Oz turn into such a desolate and depressing world?! It definitely sparks your curiosity.
Left Me Wanting More: I will admit that there’s a bit of a lull after the beginning, going on towards the middle, where nothing much happens, but I didn’t mind it all that much and once things picked up after that, it was awesome. I also didn’t like how I was left with quite a few questions. Sure, we need the slow build, as this is supposed to be a trilogy, but there were times where I was like “just get on with it already”. After learning about Amy’s various missions that she needs to complete before killing Dorothy, I really think she could’ve at least accomplished one of them in this book.
Final Verdict: I really liked Amy’s character. Being in her head was pretty great. She’s had a rough life and I liked her inner sarcasm and spunk, despite how scared and clueless she might have come across on the outside. Overall, this was a fantastic book and introduction to a series. I’m definitely looking forward to continuing this series.
*This review was first published on YABC.*