Dorothy Must Die

“Those who have sacrificed always have the most to lose.” ~Dorothy Must Die


Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige: 5/5 Stars


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 a road of yellow brick—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: Remove the Tin Woodman’s heart. Steal the Scarecrow’s brain. Take the Lion’s courage. And—Dorothy must die.

My Review:

*This review does contain some spoilers*

I recently finished this book and I have to say i was impressed. It’s a very well written novel full of action, adventure, and surprising twists and turns! I gave this novel five out of five stars, because I loved everything about the novel! I thought the way the characters were developed and portrayed was very well done and it helped add to the story in general.

In the novel we have Amy Gumm who starts off as a small town girl and I love seeing how she evolves and grows as a character, because of what she’s been through. Dorothy Must Die changed the way I saw the movie, The Wizard of Oz, it put a fun spin on such a classic story that everyone knows! It’s a very unique way to take something classic and make it your own and it really grabbed my attention. I didn’t want to put the book down! I was just reading chapter after chapter, because that’s how well the book is written.

I loved seeing how certain things changed Amy for example when Amy gets to Oz she meets Indigo and at first you believe Indigo is just going to leave Amy off on her own, but you hope she doesn’t. I also believed that maybe this was going to be the beginning of a friendship; however, Indigo ends up getting killed by one of Dorothy’s henchmen. That really seems to be one of the things that really shows not only Amy but the reader just how much Oz has changed and just how evil Dorothy is. I believe that since Amy witnessed the only person willing to help her die that’s when she started evolving into this stronger female character. 

As the story goes on Amy becomes a part of Wicked and their goal is to kill Dorothy; however, Amy hears that Wicked isn’t as great as they seem so she doesn’t know if she can even trust them. That is probably one amazing aspect of the book, the lack of trust throughout the novel really leaves you wondering what’s going to happen next and who will be the cause of that certain event. You are introduced to characters that you love only to see that they have been changed completely by Dorothy so she can use them to her advantage. 

I just love the way that Paige introduces characters and transforms the story he leaves you guessing and wondering and that’s how he gets you to pick up the next book. Each character seems to have a secret of their own and it makes the novel have such a mysterious tone. Plus the main character is a female that has no hope for herself, so you get to see her discover who she is and why she’s fighting.

I suggest everyone picks up this series, because I’m sure you wont be disappointed. I recommend this book to everyone who loves a good adventure/fantasy novel. I still need to go pick up the second and third books in the series! I hope y’all enjoyed my first review! I’m sure they’ll get better with time!

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