Monday, 17 November 2014

Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige


Author: Danielle Paige
Pages: 464 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: April 1st, 2014
Received from: Public library
Status: Dorothy Must Die #1

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

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, and I've been given a mission:

The Tin Woodman's heart,

The Scarecrow's brain,

The Lion's courage,

And then—


Dorothy Must Die is not your average story. It's badass, dark, and is unique from most book adaptations of some of our most beloved childhood stories or classic tales.

The story is about the OTHER girl from Kansas, Amy Gumm, who's lived her life in the shadows of everyone else, often being ridiculed for every little thing: from living in a trailer park to wearing clothes from Salvation Army, from having pink hair to having an alcoholic mother. This isn't a story about a doe-eyed girl from Kansas who wants an adventure- this is the story about the girl from Kansas with pink hair and a pet rat who needs a new life.

After a twister transports her to Oz, she finds that her beloved storybook world is destroyed by Dorothy herself. She learns from the beginning that Dorothy is not the sweet and innocent girl from the books or movies, but a tyrannical leader with a bad temper. Amy ends up with a group of rebel witches with no definition of Wicked or Good, and becomes the driving force behind taking down Dorothy and her army.

What I loved about this story is that it does not centre around a love story, and nor does it centre around a girl needing to be saved by a guy: it's centred how an ordinary girl like Amy can figure out who she really is on her own, even in the most unfortunate and restricted circumstances.

I loved the action, and this crazy, dystopian storybook world that Paige has created. It's a twisted Oz, and it twists all my favourite characters. As a fan of the book and the movie, I should be upset as to how my favourite characters are portrayed, but Paige makes you fall in love with this unconventional story from the beginning.

Through Dorothy Must Die, you learn the hardships of becoming your own person when there is no definite way of knowing what is good and what is bad. Amy learns not only how to use magic and become a kick-ass spy, but she learns that being good or bad doesn't come from retaliating other people's actions, but figuring out what is good or bad for yourself and a person at the moment.

I loved this story very much, although I didn't like how there were lots of wholes with some of the characters in the story. I recommend this book to EVERYONE! Read it NOW!


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