Dorothy Must Die | 4 star review
Series: Dorothy Must Die #1
Published by HarperCollins
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.
You will have to live with the fact that this review is laaate and may not be as detailed as my others, I’m currently dying from some weird cold thing and I just don’t feel well. BUT I didn’t want to get behind on my reviews because it’s SUPER hard to catch up once you’re behind. Dorothy Must Die was a reread for me and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with the fact that I still really enjoyed the story, I worried that this was one of the books that I would have to struggle through. I hadn’t read it since 2014, and I think my taste in books has changed dramatically since then.
I think the one thing that jumps out about this book is how great the concept is, the way the entirety of Dorothy Must Die has turned the story of Wizard of Oz on its head, but in a completely believable manner. The idea that Dorothy has gone mad for power and the only ones to stop her are the Wicked Witches, is something you could definitely see happening. Why would anyone want to go back to Kansas when they had experienced everything that Oz had to offer? Well, this is what happens if she happens to come back.
I also think that the twists on the characters are well done, I think each of them is realistic and believable well as much as a talking walking scarecrow and pals can be. It is definitely a switch from the trio that walked down the yellow brick road singing “lions and tigers and bears oh my”.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves The Wizard of Oz, it’s a unique concept and one that has been done extremely well. The writing is nicely written, and I just think it’s one of those books I’ll keep coming back to over and over again.
Have you read anything like Dorothy Must Die? I love a different take on a classic story! Let me know your recommendations below!