The New York Times bestselling first book in a dark new series that reimagines the Oz saga, from debut author Danielle Paige.
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.
Danielle Paige is a graduate of Columbia University and the author of the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series. Before turning to young adult literature, she worked in the television industry, where she received a Writers Guild of America Award and was nominated for several Daytime Emmys. She currently lives in New York City.
Are you a fan of the Wizard of Oz????? If you are then this is the book for you! I love the story of the Wizard of Oz, it is strange, mystical and a good ole fairytale…. Well, in steps The Dorothy Must Die series. It will screw with your brain (in a good way!) and make you completely re-think the entire story of Dorothy and Oz! It is a vivid, vibrant, maniacal re-telling of a classic!
We start out in a small town high school where, Amy, is down on her luck and in a fist fight with the most popular pregnant girl in school. Flash forward a few hours she is sucked up in a tornado in the tin box she calls a home with only her drunk mother’s pet rat to keep her company. Once the spinning stops she is rescued by a mysterious boy, one who shows up several times throughout the book and is always mysterious! She starts out for the Emerald City only to find trouble along the way. Dorothy is not the sweet Kansas girl that everyone knows from the movies, rather she is a devious cruel woman that is ruining what Oz is.
Amy goes through so much throughout the book from being a prisoner to being a part of the Order of the Wicked to almost dying herself. She trains to fight and is told her only mission is to kill Dorothy… But can she do it?? She has seen so much in her short time in Oz, she knows the real Dorothy and finally realizes that she is truly capable of killing another person. But does she succeed??? One will only know if you read the next book! I know a big bummer for me, can’t wait to get my hands on the second book!
This is such an amazing book, it really throws the world of Oz into the blender and completely rearranges your way of thinking about it. Its deliciously wicked and crazy and a little scary at times but I loved it and can’t wait to start reading the other two books in the series. There is also a set of mini series books, it fills you in on a little more details about the characters, etc. I can’t decide if I will read those but I definitely recommend the first book in the series of three!!!!