Author: Daniella Paige
Series: Dorothy Must Die; Book One
Genre: Young Adult/YA, fantasy, retelling, fiction
Read: 25th June 2015
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. But I never expected Oz to look like this. A place where Good Witches can’t be trusted and Wicked Witches just might be the good guys. A place where even the yellow brick road is crumbling.
What happened? Dorothy.
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:
Remove the tin woodman’s heart.
Steal the scarecrow’s brain.
Take the lion’s courage.
And then –
Dorothy must die.
Bullied for most of her life, Amy Gumm doesn’t think that her day can get any worse when the pregnant girl that’s been bullying her since she was nine years old punches her and gets her suspended. She doesn’t even find the way her mam is going to work in the bar, even though she’s been sitting in a comatose state on the couch for the last three days, all that surprising.
What’s strange about that day in Dusty Acres, Kansas, is that there’s a tornado coming her way. Think that like all the others, it’ll pass her by, Amy is in for a bit of a shock when she gets swept up in it and finds herself being rescued by a boy with green eyes.
Soon, she finds that she’s landed in Oz, with the Wizard and Dorothy Gale. Only it’s not the Oz she grew up reading about and watching on TV – it’s desolate.
Amy learns how Dorothy came back and how she’s stealing all the magic from Oz and destroying the land in the process before she finally meets Her Royal Highness, Princess Dorothy, given her title by Queen Ozma, the true ruler of Oz. Only she’s turned a few shades of evil.
Thrown into the dungeons, Amy is rescued by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked and comes to find that Good and Wicked maybe not be so concrete anymore.
With bubble gum pink hair and now a kick ass fighter, Amy is sent into the palace in disguise and has only one mission – learn Dorothy’s every move and when the time comes, take Dorothy down.
I enjoyed Amy’s character and how while she found a spark with the character of Nox, she put the mission in front of it. She found a friend in Gert, the old witch, and Ollie the educated, wingless, talking monkey. She found a cause and she’s sticking to it and finding her real self along the way.
If you like kick ass heroines such as June Iparis, or if you just like the world of Oz and the story of Dorothy, I think you’ll find this an enjoyable read.
I have given this book a 4/5🌟