Review: Dorothy Must Die


Author: Danielle Paige * Pages: 452 * Publisher: HarperCollins * Genre: Fantasy/Retelling * Rating: 4.5 Stars

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 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.


Amy Gumm is your average teenager trying to make it day by day in high school but having a rough time at it. From her dad leaving and starting another family to her mom who’s addicted to pain killers. To top it all off her arch nemesis Madison Peddleton rips her friends from her and rubs it in her face whenever she can. But when a strange tornado comes to shake things up, she finds herself in a cyclone head for Oz. Finding things in Oz not to be the joyful, colorful place she’s read about or seen in the movies. Glinda, the Tin Woodsman, the Lion, and the Scarecrow have all been twisted into something dark. But once she comes face to face with Dorothy Gale she realizes she in way over her head. Having taken over all of Oz and it’s magic, Dorothy isn’t the innocent girl from Kansas anymore. She has grown meaner, eerily more beautiful, and dare I say even-sexier. Finding herself captive she stumbles upon the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, a band of Oz’s finest wicked witches , and they think that the new girl sent from the Other Place is exactly what they need to defeat the tyrant that is Dorothy Gale.

First off, I LOVE AMY GUMM. I think she’s a great protagonist. She’s the kind of person who has nothing to lose but everything to gain and those are the ones who always have the best achievement stories to tell. Amy is earthy and witty with a side of bad temper. She doesn’t back down from a fight which is exactly what she need to fulfill her task as Oz’s new top assassin.

So if you haven’t read L. F. Braum’s work on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz then you should because it would help you understand the origin of the story , not only in the Dorothy must Die series but also other series like Gregory McGuire’s Wicked. (BUT YOU DON’T NOT HAVE TO READ THE WORKS IN ORDER TO READ THESE BOOKS) It would just be easier to understand. With that being said, the real brain scratcher is when it comes down to if she can really trust anyone around her. Being bound to the Order, she has no choice but to fight with them but they make it no secret that she should trust any over them no matter how many times they help her out. That’s why I can respect them so much but I hate how secretive everyone is. Pete is one of them. Finding her abandoned in her trailer, he’s instantly her first confidant in Oz but he soon departs from her which he seems to do a lot. His character is so simple but so mysterious and complex that it’s hard to identify his motives and who he really is at times. On the contrary it seems he not the only boy messing with Amy’s mind. When I picked up this book I had no idea there would be any type of love intertwined with this craziness but I was absolutely wrong. I won’t spoil anything so I won’t say who but I love it and only wished it would have been a bigger part is the story.

Overall, this read was awesome. At first I had my reservations because I didn’t want this to ruin The Wicked series, but Danielle Paige has created a whole new era in the saga that is the world of Oz.