Danielle Paige – 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 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 the yellow brick road, though—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.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die

I loved the synopsis at first read! The Wizard of Oz is always a classic, and it’s so interesting to see such a twist to it. Amy Gumm, the main character, is referred to as “white trash” where she lives in Kansas. Of course, she’s treated like crap at school because she lives in a trailer house and her mom’s not making anything better, either. So one day she gets a visit from a tornado, like Dorothy, which transports her to Oz.


Like Dorothy had Toto, Amy has a companion too: her rat that she bonds with over her time in Oz. The thing is, Oz isn’t like how it’s told in the stories. It’s basically a post-apocalyptic world where it’s every person, Munchkin, or Winged Monkey for him/herself.

So Dorothy lands on the Yellow Brick Road, and it’s basically the only direction she can go, since behind her is this deep pit that she almost fell in when landing. She meets some companions on the way, as well as sees the changes done in Oz.

But what could’ve destroyed Oz so much?

One answer, really, Dorothy.

According to the book, after Dorothy went home to Kansas she missed Oz and came back to rule it. She’s really! evil! in the book! And so is her old crew. The Tin Man has a tin army of abominable creatures, the Scarecrow uses other people’s (or monkey’s) brains for knowledge, and the Lion gets high from people’s fear. Even Toto is some crazy and violent dog.

tl;dr this is one f*cked up place.

Amy gets dragged in this order composed of some familiar (or not) characters that help her train to, you guessed it, kill Dorothy. It’s really entertaining! She gets trained in combat, magic, and even etiquette. Whoo. There’s a love interest that’s more like a crush, but honestly he’s a tad lame and brooding. Ugh character tropes.

The first time the book had “Dorothy must die” in the story, I was like “Yeah! Rad! This is gonna be so cool! Woohoo! Go Amy!” But then it said it like at least once or twice later on and I’m like “Okay. Lol. Got it the first time, but go ahead.”

The only part that made me frustrated was when Amy hesitated to finish her job. (Kinda a spoiler but you can guess what it is from the title tbh.) Yeah I get that it’s a series and there’s still more development going on, but dude she spent like a couple hundred pages training and all that goes to waste because she spent too long thinking. Really.

I guess it all worked out because later on you find out she couldn’t really kill her anyway (there had to be certain circumstances), so I was like okay. But still. You sounded so FIERCE and then when you have your chance you get all nervous come onnnn.

Other than that it was a really awesome read! Definitely looking forward for the rest of the series!

Rating: 4.5


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