Dorothy Must Die is the first novel in the series of the same name. It is written by Danielle Paige. There is a prequel novella titled No Place Like Oz that is now available. The second novel is currently untitled and is set to be released in March 2015.
I was not impressed with this book. The only reason I read it was because it's one of my book club picks this month. Different takes on an original story hardly ever work out, and this is one of them. The main character is hardly likable and the other "good" guys don't really shine so bright either. I found myself skimming past the boring parts, which was the majority of the book. The title doesn't even become relevant until the very end. I understand the need to build up to the climax but when the foreplay is shit; you need to get to the point faster.
Amy Gumm is an ordinary girl that gets swept up in a tornado and is thrown into Oz. From the moment she steps out of her trailer, she realizes that Oz isn’t the fairy tale she thinks it is. It’s a magical wasteland and it’s all because of Dorothy. She came back and now runs Oz like a tyranny. It’s up to Amy to take her down; she has to kill Dorothy. Now that little summary sounds really epic and interesting but the book totally fails to deliver. Amy is a whiny heroine and Dorothy is a cartoonish villain. I was more intrigued by her loyal posse; the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, and the Lion. Those were some messed up characters. I feel like that’s the only thing Paige got right. The dark take on these iconic characters was dynamic. I was hoping for more of a glimpse of their twisted world but sadly I was stuck reading about Amy and the wicked witches. They all bored me to tears and I could not have cared less when the Lion takes one of them out.
I do plan on reading the second book in the series. I’m sticking around because I think the story will get better with each new book. I can only hope that I’m right. On the bright side, I don’t have to worry about the action scenes being dull. Paige definitely knows how to write some ass kicking fights. There should be more of that to distract me from how annoying Amy is.
2.5 STAR RATING