Review: Dorothy Must Die

dorothy must die

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.

Dorothy Must Die was an good book. Good, but nothing groundbreaking, so I will keep this review short.

It’s set in Oz. But at the same time, it isn’t set in Oz. Because although it’s set in Oz, it’s nothing like the Oz you know and love from your happy innocent childhood days. That Oz was all flowers and sunshine and happy dandy pandy prancing around in sunflower fields all day long.


But this Oz. Ohhhhhhh no. Nothing like that. This Oz features skeletal trees that whisper creepily in your ear as you pass, Munchkins that slave all day instead of jumping around having fun. Flying Monkeys that have cut off their wings so that they will no longer be enslaved by Dorothy.


Speaking of Dorothy. You’re probably wondering how all this came about. And guess what? It’s all Dorothy. Apparently, Dorothy went back to Kansas. But after having had a taste of magic, she craved more, and so Glinda brought her back (damned Glinda). And from here, Dorothy overthrew the former beautiful and just ruler, with a wild, on-a-whim spell, took her place as Oz’s new ruler, enslaved every single Munchkin, became a borderline stripper, started mining magic, and managed to put waste to every single area in Oz apart from the Emerald City.


Phew. I’m happy that she managed to tick all those off her bucket list.


Anyway, obviously, we can’t have this! And so, enter… Amy! Amy follows a similar, but still completely different story graph from Dorothy. Her mother’s a drug addict and hates her. Everyone at school hates her. She lives in a trailer and people call her “Salvation Amy”. So when a tornado warning appears on television, she doesn’t take much notice. I mean, it’s not like she has much to lose from life anyway. And to put it simply, she could not care less about this supposed tornado. Obviously, until it actually happens and she finds herself high high in the air flying in a metal trailer. Life lessons, people: Listen to tornado warnings, otherwise, you may find yourself flying in a trailer to the land of Oz where Dorothy is a stripper.

Anyway, just be aware that this book is part of a series. Which explains the rushed ending, and many loose threads. So don’t get too angry when you finish reading and suddenly realise that you never found out what happened to Bob. Ok?

By the way, I read Book 2 as well, but I won’t review it in fear of spoilers of the first book. It’s very similar though. Good, but not much development and a rushed ending that will no doubt be finally wrapped up in Book 3 (Right? Right?)

Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 7/10

Dorothy Must Die is out now. Buy at your local bookstore.

The Info:

  • Title: Dorothy Must Die
  • Author: Danielle Page
  • Hardcover: 452 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062280678
  • URL: Goodreads, Author Website

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