“Dorothy Must Die” has been sitting on my bookshelf–unread!–for far too long. I started it last night and finished it this afternoon. And that’s saying something since I’m a slow reader and this book was practically 500 pages.
Synopsis: The story of Oz we once knew is true. But Dorothy didn’t stay away from Oz very long. She’s back and, with her trusty friends (the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Cowardly Lion), destroys Oz and threatens its inhabitants. That is until Amy Gumm gets swept in by a tornado. Amy is the do-over Oz needs. With the help of the not-so-Wicked Witches and a few friends, she will have to kill Dorothy and reclaim Oz.
Had I read a synopsis, I might have realized Dorothy is no longer the main character anymore, Amy Gumm is. But I didn’t, and I was pleasantly surprised to see this twist of a new, modern character thrown into the mix.
Amy is fiery, sassy, and spirited. She’s been through a lot in her short lifetime and it helps to toughen her up and get her ready to kill Dorothy. Speaking of Dorothy, she and her companions are not like they used to be. Everything is backwards. The good guys aren’t good anymore. And the Wicked ones have joined up to become the not-so-bad guys. I loved all the characters! The antagonists are written so perfectly that I hate them.
The spectacular writing (without any errors–thank you, copy editors at Harper!) combined with the magical reboot of thrilling characters and adventure turned out to be a great read.
5 out of 5 stars to Danielle Paige!