Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (March 31, 2015)
Summary: 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 bluebirds. 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 yellow brick road – 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.
Review: This book did a really great job in not just retelling the beloved story of Dorothy and the magical world of Oz, but also making a name for itself with a unique storyline that was far from cheesy. The beginning did drag a bit for me, but it picked up very fast and I really enjoyed it. From the witty characters to the twist of the original story, I thought it succeeded in making a name for itself rather than just being a simple “Wizard of Oz retelling.” For anyone looking for a tasteful retelling of a classic and a refreshing read, I would definitely recommend you picking this one up!