Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die: Book One)
Written by Danielle Paige
Published April 1st 2014
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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.
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:
Remove the Tin Woodman's heart.
Steal the Scarecrow's brain.
Take the Lion's courage.
Then and only then... Dorothy must die!
Her latest suspension is just another incident in why Amy needs to escape the confines of Dusty Acres, where living in a mobile home with her narcotic dependent mother has labelled her with the name of Salvation Amy. A cruel taunt on her lowly economic status. Arriving home to the news of a Tornado, on yet another whim with her latest boyfriend, Amy's mother leaves the teen to fend for herself. This time, Dusty Acres won't be spared.
When her trailer plummets into the middle of nowhere, this is now how Amy expected to have left the desolate trailer park, nor was she expecting the road that is paved in yellow bricks. But this isn't the same Oz that had endeared itself to the world. Dorothy Gale may have arrived on the wind, Slayed the Wicked, Freed the Munchkins and returned to Kansas. But she returned. Oz is no longer adored with rich fields of magic and the lines between good and wicked no longer exist. The Munchkins have been enslaved, the landscape drained of magic and the once Wicked Witches have banded together to stop a greater evil destroying what is left of Oz, the crowned Princess Dorothy and her henchmen. The mastermind Scarecrow, the Tinman and the former Cowardly Lion, who now terrorises villages.
The Revolutionary Order of the Wicked are the only chance Oz now has. The once Wicked Witches taking Amy under their coven and training her for a war waged upon Dorothy and the Emerald City where her palace lies. Amy is bound by agreeing to join the fight against Dorothy, and trained by Nox, Warlock and newest member of The Order. Amy's mission is to kill Dorothy.
But in a world where down is up, up is down. Wicked is Good and Good is Wicked, who will Amy learn to trust? She's not in Kansas any more.
The Wizard of Oz has been one of my childhood favorites, and Dorothy Must Die certainly didn't disappoint. A dark and Wicked retelling, it follows the story of Amy, a girl who calls the Dusty Acres trailer park home and is teased relentlessly throughout the halls of her high school. With no friends and no father, the only person Amy has had to rely on is her mother who is emotionally and physically absent since her father left. Amy needs to escape the small town mentality, but had never imagined that a Tornado warning would leave her stranded in what she always believed was a make believe world of magic and wonder.
Following in the footsteps of Dorothy, Amy is thrown into the land of Oz, but it's now a dreary and dangerous world where Dorothy has enslaved communities and continues to destroy the once picturesque landscape. She too meets characters along the way, from the boy who seems to dissolve before answering any questions, the sassy and foul mouthed Munchkin Indigo and the wingless and intelligent Monkey Ollie, all are incredibly endearing and aide Amy in her quest to reach the Emerald City. Only Amy is sidetracked by Dorothy's attempt to capture her, and her savior comes in the form of The Order of the Wicked.
Danielle Paige is phenomenal, taking a much loved children's fable and morphing it into a dark and incredibly entertaining retelling that blurs the lines between Good and Wicked. I absolutely adored it. It's unique, sassy and I'm eagerly awaiting the sequel that can't come soon enough.