|Title: Dorothy Must Die|
Series: Dorothy Must Die #1
Author: Danielle Paige
Published: April 1, 2014 by HarperCollins
Synopsis: 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.
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.
Dorothy Must Die is another one of those books that when you first hear about it you think, I need that in my life! I'm generally a big fan of Oz retellings especially if they are dark retellings (you may know I'm a huge fan of The Wicked Years by Gregory Maguire). When I first heard about Dorothy Must Die I knew I had to read it. And despite a slow and predictable start, this was a fantastic start to a series I am now hooked on.
My only criticism is the plotting is a little weird. There seem to be three very different storylines that aren't very well connected and it sort of shifted suddenly to something out of left field at times. A lot of this had to do with Amy trying to decide who to trust and what to do, which was a definite layer of the story, but as the reader it felt odd and annoying at times.
But despite the slow start and what seemed like an unoriginal plot thread, the book developed incredibly ending with a thrilling conclusion that left me wanting more. There was so much action throughout the story with enough bursts of excitement that I could predict things would get thrilling, which kept me reading. I am absolutely hooked and I can't wait to see where this series goes, this is a great start to what is sure to be a phenomenal series.
I give Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige a 9 out of 10
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