Hi everyone! It’s time for my friend’s third guest post. This week my friend wrote about Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige, which is the first book in one of my friend’s favourite series. I haven’t read this series, but it is sitting on my shelf and hopefully, I get to it soon. 🙂
“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 good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still a yellow brick road – but even that’s crumbling.”
An excellent retelling of the story we all grew up with, The Wizard of Oz. This story brings back so many childhood memories of watching and falling in love with the movie. It brings all of the favourite characters we all know, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, Dorothy, and of course the Wizard himself. In addition to some new characters of Oz that join our main character on her quest. Do not get too nostalgic because this story is not exactly the tale we all know. As we know, Dorothy finally succeeds in killing (or melting) the Wicked Witch of the West and finds a way back to her farm in Kansas. Clicking the heels of her ruby slippers twice, she was back home. There is no place like home. Dorothy had just been on this amazing adventure, but to her family and all the other people in Kansas, Oz seemed like a made-up dream.In the book, Dorothy successfully finds her way back to the place over the rainbow. Only this time, she has a different agenda in mind that does not involve vanquishing
In the book, Dorothy successfully finds her way back to the place over the rainbow. Only this time, she has a different agenda in mind that does not involve vanquishing evil but taking it all for herself. Dorothy takes control of all the magic in Oz, bending everyone to her will. Do not fret! Luckily, like every good adventure story, there is a hero to swoop in and save the day. On her second trip to Oz, Dorothy does not return alone. In the meantime, somewhere in a trailer park in Kansas there sits a sad and lonely girl named Amy Gumm. For Amy, life is definitely not a fairy-tale. Between her father leaving, her down-spiralling mother who decides to leave her only daughter right before a huge storm hits, and in addition to being the least popular kid at school – Amy was looking for an escape. Well, you know what they say, be careful what you wish for. Out of nowhere, a tornado hits Kansas, and Amy’s trailer gets picked up with her and her mom’s pet rat Star inside. A tornado sweeps her up and dumps her in Oz. Coincidence? Maybe not! What are the odds that another girl gets brought to the magical world of Oz?! On her journey down the yellow brick road, she discovers that this Oz is nothing like the Oz that she has read about or watched on television. She comes across characters that believe that her journey to Oz is fate. Amy is destined to save Oz and get rid of Dorothy once and for all! In her desperate attempt to escape this weird world, Amy comes to realize that why bother going home when there is nothing or no one to go home to.
“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 THEN – DOROTHY MUST DIE.
The powers of good and evil could never be more twisted. It will keep you wondering what is going to happen until you reach the last page.
I give this book 5 stars because it was a twist on the modern story we all know, and it was gripping right until the very end. I found it so hard to put it down! There are actually other books written by the same author revolving around this twisted story of Oz. I have only read The Wicked Will Rise (3.5) and Yellow Brick Road (4.5). The final book in the series is The End of Oz. I have not bought that one yet, but I look forward to reading what happens to our beloved heroine, and the last chance to save Oz once and for all.