Title: Dorthy Must Die
Author: Danielle Paige
Published: Harper Collins
Amy Gumm is an ordinary middle to low class girl living in rural Kansas who longs for something more. Little did she know that she was about to get exactly what that in a very unexpected way. Amy is transported to OZ in the most traditional way a twister carries her trailer and lands her smack dab in the middle of OZ , but this OZ is nothing like the books and movies make it out to be. Dorothy returned to OZ years ago and now is an evil dictator hell bend on hoarding on the magic and making all of OZ bow before her. Amy is recruited by the Order of the Wicked to stop Dorothy at all cost, not everything as it seems but one thing Dorothy Must Die.
Thoughts: I really wanted to love this book, I love stories based on OZ but for me Dorothy Must Die just missed the mark until the very end. The set up for this book was all about painting Amy as the anti Dorothy. She was not nice as Dorothy, unhappy and poor, and when it wasn't working on how un-Dorothy like Amy is it was how horrible and twisted OZ has become. One of the saving graces for me was all the references to different characters, books and movies of OZ. It was very nice to see little homage to beloved characters and places. I love the idea behind the book, I love how sweet innocent Dorothy has an evil in her that also deforms and dement her beloved companions. The scarecrow, Tin Man, and lion are all warped and evil like Dorothy and play a part to the key to her demise. I had all but given up on this book making me want to read the rest of the series but the ending actually brought this book to what I thought it should be, it leads up to the next book and leaves hope that now that all the annoying world building ( which is unnecessary if you read any oz books or even the prequel novella to Dorothy Must Die) we can see more action and more of a story worthy of OZ.
About The Author: Danielle Paige is a graduate of Columbia University and currently lives in New York City. 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. Dorothy Must Die is her first novel.