Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige


Category: Teen Fiction

Published: 2014

Read: 2016

Score: 3/5

Synopsis: (Goodreads) 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.

Review: This is a love/hate book but I have read the whole thing and can say there were parts I really enjoyed and other parts I had a hard time getting through.

It’s a great concept, take the Oz story we all grew up with and give it a twist. A second girl goes to Oz, Amy Gumm, and it’s not the one you remember. It’s turned upside down. Dorothy is ruling everything and killing and taking magic as she pleases, her three companions are scary and warped and evil and the witches that were suppose to be bad are the good guys trying to stop it all. download (1)

The things I really loved about the story are the twists and the different take on everything. The violence and blood doesn’t even bother me. It’s a darker Oz than you remember and I loved it. It’s scary and the characters that you knew are all warped. The Lion is the worst, all big and scary and feeds off the fear of people.

The things I didn’t like about this story is there is some really dragging parts. If you can get through these than you can read the whole book but there are quite a few. The story does progress but it just felt like sometimes it was taking for ever. You’d sit there and go “okay I know this already, yes we have talked about this, please move on…move on already” and still you had to wait. Also Amy, the main character. I know why she is the way she is, hard upbringing and I can’t imagine having a parent who is an abuser of drugs ect. It’s just that she never stops talking about it. I get it, but quite honestly girl you’re not going home so please deal with training and stop worrying about what your mother used to do.


I also have to shout out to the rat Star. I feel like the rat was one of the best parts of the book. Funny and there when you needed here.

I would not recommend this to the younger teens for the violence as it is descriptive. There isn’t any sex but still I would not let a younger teen read this. If you love these twists you will like this book, or hate it. I’ve heard both but funny not any in between until my review. I would not read it again but I am glad I read it in the first place. I am already on to the 2nd one as I want to find out what happens.

So look out for that review soon.


3 thoughts on “Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

  1. The book sounds very interesting. I like the name Amy Gumm and think she must be a pretty cool heroine. I think the author is cool for turning this tale upside down. I mean, why wait for Hollywood? Great review.


    1. She is a okay heroin. I am liking her better in the 2nd book than the first for sure. It took a while for her to develop and I find that is what the most issues with this series is, with her. Agree thou, her name is super cool!

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