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Product details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (3 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062347047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062347046
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.9 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Readers of Baum’s books will take special delight in seeing new twists on the old characters, and they will greet the surprise climactic turnabout with the smugness of insiders.” (Kirkus)

“Dorothy Must Die is kind of the ultimate in girl-powered literature. You’ve got empowered heroines, sure, but Paige also conjures a formidable villainess in Dorothy and some manipulative lady revolutionaries. Here, women and girls are allowed to be anything. This really is a woman’s world.” (Nerdist.com)

“Gone are the days of rainbows, Lollipop Guilds and pretty much anything to sing about in a major key. For those willing to go on a quest with a heroine more attuned to our times than the Dust Bowl era, there’s no place like it.” (USA Today)

“Debut author Paige doesn’t hold back in this fast-paced action novel. Give this cinematic upper-YA novel to fans of A. G. Howard’s Splintered, Frank Beddor’s Looking Glass Wars, and TV shows such as Once Upon a Time and Grimm.” (School Library Journal)

“Paige delivers a solid, intense, and strange narrative that draws deeply on its source material.” (Publishers Weekly)

“[Dorothy Must Die] strikes a similar tone to Marisa Meyer’s Cinder series, with its blend of fantasy, humor, and horror, and it will likely inspire fans of that series to make their way to the Emerald City.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

“Paige has spirited readers back to The Wizard of Oz. It’s a classic made more sinister.” (ALA Booklist)

“The Wizard of Oz as you’ve never seen it.” (Teen Vogue)

From the Back Cover

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.

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I almost didn't finish this book, there were times I wanted to give up on it. First of all I will say that Danielle has done her research well on OZ and has made a good attempt at creating this alternate story about a girl named Amy gumm who also travels to OZ from Kansas to find that Dorothy is the big bad.

The problem I found is that the scene would often change too quickly and involved mostly non useful information that didn't seem worth knowing. But the worst thing I found was that the characters didn't belong in their own personality and that I couldn't relate to the characters because that had no kwerks that made them memorable. Not to mention killing off the only character who seemed to have any edge or personality, I'm talking of course about indigo.

This may suit some other people who do not look for a lot of emotion out of their characters or are really into the world of Oz and would like to see it turned on its head.

Personally I won't be coming back to this series as I felt like I was forcing myself to finish this first book most of the time.
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Set in Kansas, Amy Gunn, is an outcast who gets transported during a freak tornado to Oz. But it isn't the Oz that Amy's seen in the movie. Nobody's singing, the inhabitants are terrified and everyone is living under a new tyrannical leader: Dorothy. Aligning herself with the Order of the Wicked, Amy must take down Dorothy and her friends.

I enjoyed the story. I like how Paige lets us see Amy's life; how miserable she is and her relationship with her depressed mother. There are enough obstacles to keep you reading and as well as going on a physical journey, Amy goes on an emotional one. I would like to point out that Dorothy had silver shoes in the book and not ruby heels. I know this is explained in the prequel novella but I, and I'm sure it will be the same for many readers, didn't know about the prequel novella until I read the main novel. I also feel let down by the ending. I think most people will agree with this sentiment.

Layered with betrayals, buried in secrets, the story whisks you away to a very different Oz and demands your attention from the very first line:

"I first discovered I was trash three days before my ninth birthday - one day after my father lost his job and moved to Secaucus to live with a woman named Crystal and four years before my mother had the car accident, started taking pills, and began exclusively wearing bedroom slippers instead of normal shoes."



I love the narrative voice. Amy comes across loud and clear, funny and feisty but more poignant than both of these are the vulnerable moments when her thoughts drift to her mother. There are times when she focuses on Nox and it removes you from the danger she's in and the difficulty of what she'll eventually have to do.
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One of the best books I've read, which is quite surprising since this is a YA book; but must prove that at heart, I am a big kid.

My favourite genre of book is fantasy and action/adventure. 'Dorothy Must Die' has this in bucket loads. A twist (very twisted, at times) on 'The Wizard of Oz', it tells the story of Amy Gumm, a trailer park girl from Kansas (where else?) who is blown to an all together different Oz to the one we know, by a tornado (sound familiar?). Amy has several missions (which I won't spoil for you) one of which (or should that be witch?) is to kill the sweet, kindly and 'butter wouldn't melt' Dorothy Gale, who is now Queen. All the characters are there plus some interesting others. If you like this type of genre you're going to love this book. I did; so much so that halfway through I ordered the second installation 'The Wicked Will Rise'.
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A cutthroat and fast paced adventure filled with magic, double crossing and murder, Dorothy Must Die is the new what-if of the Oz universe in which another Kansas girl allies herself against THE Kansas girl who went on to become the she bitch from Munchkin hell. The Land of Oz is enslaved, the Yellow Brick is all but ruined and the only place where you can find magic is at the feet of Dorothy and her inner circle of tyrants.

Dorothy Must Die paints a saccharin sweet picture of the Emerald City all too reminiscent of that imminent feeling when you see a lion smiling at you and you know you’re done for. It is no longer a place somewhere over the rainbow where dreams really do come true; it is a land of misery and suffering where magic is mined so that the few can remain powerful while the majority are forced to suffer, barely managing to live. Thematically, the novel is strong and takes the reader on a journey that dabbles in slavery, tyranny and murder. While it does have a few small sections that focus on love, it does not have the epic love story that many expect from teenage fantasy fiction. It could be argued on the contrary that a starting novel should not be littered with overly soppy romance though and I am inclined to agree that less is sometimes more. It does link in with one of the recurring ideas in the book and that is that nobody seems to get a happy ending anymore and that life is more realistic. The way in which she deals with magic is also interesting. While some books would bombard you with it and the capabilities of those who are destined to be magically great, this one does not. While certain characters do explore magic, the book is not littered with it which I often think is better because a story can become saturated with magic.
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