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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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
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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 liked the idea of the premise of this book and it is well written. However, Dorothy was too old and undynimic, her character could have been much more rounded. The use of magic is just stupid, Oz is no longer the Wonderland it should be. The main character, Amy is able to comprehend things too easily.
There is a lack of nostalgia as recognisable characters seemed to pass under your nose. The new characters were uninventive.
The book wasn't discrptive enough. There seems to be no impending danger towards Amy I.e. the longer she stays the younger she gets?. Finally everything happens at the end with a cliff hanger.
There is no substantial parallel between Dorothy and Amy, except they are both from Kansas and both arrived via tornado.
A little disappointing really.
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Plot:

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."

13/20

Narration:

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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This book is great. Not my usual choice so was not really sure what to expect..but it is a page Turner, keeps you reading it very clever, easy to follow and the reader has got it written so you feel like you could be there..have ordered the rest of the series.
Have not written about the story as the book description says it all..I just add well worth a read.
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May contain spoilers from book one - I really enjoyed the twisted and reworked Oz that Danielle Paige created in Dorothy Must Die (see my review here). After the dramatic ending of book one I've been waiting to return to Amy's adventures in Oz.

In The Wicked Will Rise the action picks up right after the conclusion of book one. Amy is fleeing from Dorothy and the Wicked are splintered. I love the concept behind the story and the many twists keep things interesting by helping the action to flow.

The Amy we see in this book is much darker than the Amy we initially met. She's come a long way from the bullied, downtrodden country girl. It was interesting to witness her becoming more powerful throughout the book.

I did notice a few people comment on how Dorothy Must Die was too long. This shouldn't be a problem with The Wicked Will Rise because it seemed much shorter. We catch up with some of our old favs and meet some interesting new characters (I loved the rainbow chapters) - I'm not going to say more because I don't want spoil any of the plot.

I often struggle with reworking/retelling popular stories because they sometimes detract from the original - With this series I feel that because the books are so different from The Wizard of Oz, the twist works. Paige manages to include updated versions of the main elements from the original but puts her own spin on events. I like the dark and more sinister version of the Oz story. Be prepared for another cliffy and one hell of an ending!

The FFF debate has had no influence on my review, which is based solely on how I felt about the book & the writing.

I received a review copy.
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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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