Dorothy Must Die

Dorothy Must Die

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Amy Gumm, the other girl from Kansas, has been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked to stop Dorothy who has found a way to come back to Oz, seizing a power that has gone to her head -- so now no one is safe!
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062280671
Branch Call Number: TEEN F PAI
Characteristics: 452 pages ; 22 cm


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Jul 25, 2018

I enjoyed it! the story is really creative and it makes you question who is considered good or wicked.

Jun 09, 2018

I really enjoyed this book.But Amy Gumm is really whiny, and her whines and complants just made me enjoy the book less than i could have.

sarahbru17 May 30, 2018

Characters: 5/10
Plot: 5/10
Writing: 6/10
Audio: 7/10
I wish I liked this book more than I did. I started it on audiobook, then finished it as a physical book. It did have an interesting premise and was entertaining enough to finish, but I don't feel inclined to read the rest of the series.
Amy did not grow and change enough for me. She seemed just as whiny at the end as she was at the beginning, just with bigger problems. The other characters were flat, including the love interest, who I never really liked.
I hated that most of the plot was driven by Amy being confused/clueless. Every other character purposefully withheld information from her, even when it didn't make sense. There was no reason to send her into certain situations without enough information. It also made no sense that she was picked out as being super important...just because she came from Kansas. What did all the other characters do? Very little. They just decided to sit back and let some noob take care of everything, without preparing her for any of it.
There were some surprising plot twists, but most of them were violent. I just wasn't prepared for this to be as creepy/gory as it was.
A lot of the narration was telling (as opposed to showing). Amy repeated things that didn't need clarification and drew out the introspection too much.
And the big plot twist at the end? I saw it coming from the first time that character was introduced, and was just *waiting* for Amy to figure it out. She never did.
Also, the back of the book gives a major spoiler that doesn't actually get introduced until the last chapter... A plot point which I think should've been introduced much earlier on.

Apr 30, 2018

This novel was wonderful by far my favorite series. The story get's better if you continue reading. At first I was hesitant thinking "Who'd wanna read this?" It was boring for the first few chapters and than got super intriguing. My favorite book in this series is The Wicked Will Rise or The End Of Oz. Danielle Paige made a classic tale much more fascinating.

IPL_Mandy Nov 18, 2017

Hunger Games meets Wicked. Dorothy is not who we were duped into thinking, and Amy Gumm finds out the hard way. Transported in the standard way, via tornado, she lands in Oz to find it transformed by Dorothy and her henchmen into an oligarchy. What is good and what is wicked? It's hard to say as the wicked witches work to overthrow Dorothy the dictator, and Amy has no choice but to help. Magic, munchkins, and the Emerald City are all familiar elements, with the addition of violence, chaos, and manipulation.

Aug 03, 2017

“There’s no place like home.” WOAH. One of my favourite books ever. I have to say that when I saw the title for the book, I was like, “huh.” Not something you would expect a title to be as a retelling, but as they always say, NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER……(I do anyways, but that's okay) #officiallyblownaway LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK. Dorothy Must Die is a retelling of The Wizard of Oz based off a girl named Amy Gumm, aka the other girl from Kansas. Who knew that the yellow brick road was real or even flying monkeys? But in this retelling, the good witches aren't what they seem and the wicked ones might be the saviours…. As for Dorothy, all good things have to come to an end at one point. Danielle Paige created a thrilling story with action and suspense in each page. I want to read this book 100 times over again. I’m not a fan of the original Wizard of Oz, so wasn't expecting this book to be much better. Overall this book was AMAZING. 5 STARS for sure.
- @bibliophile of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Dorothy Must Die is an ominous, sickening (in a good way), and page-turning book that stars Amy Gumm, another girl from Kansas who steps into the world of Oz. This was a book I couldn't put down, even when my stomach would twist at the darkness of it all. No spoilers, but I wouldn't give this book to anyone who couldn't handle a little bit of detailed gore. Despite that, it was a unique plotline. Though to me, I didn't like the romance between Amy and Nox. It felt rushed and bland. Some parts of the book didn't tie together in the end which disappointed me. Granted, I haven't read the other books of the series but you can't just give me a whopping of information without a reason! Still, I did like the overall vibe of the book. You don't see a lot of books get that dark. Everything else about it is 'meh' to me.  
- @Spectacles of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The novel Dorothy Must Die is the first book in a series that follows Amy Gumm, an outcasted, insecure teenage girl who gets whisked away by a storm to the magical land of Oz during one of the darkest times of her life. Amy has struggled throughout her life with financial issues, family issues, and self-esteem issues, but when she gets sent off to Oz, those are the least of her problems. In modern-day Oz, where the classic character Dorothy rules over alongside the scarecrow, the tin woodman, and the lion, things are not the same. I love what the author did to these classic characters, as she turned them into the evil overlords of Oz who want nothing but power and glory for themselves. I loved the dark, twisted, evil change to these old characters and how they played the villains throughout the novel. It was a very unexpected and interesting twist which I enjoyed very much. The plot itself was straightforward- Dorothy must die. Amy is sent on a quest to kill Dorothy, whose lordship has drained Oz of all its happiness and positive energy. Amy goes through a lot of self exploration throughout the course of the novel and learns of ways to be more confident and accepting in herself. The way she develops from an insecure, bullied girl to a stronger, more independent girl is very inspiring and real to me. The novel in general was very empowering and had a fascinating storyline that always kept me interested with the variety of cameos from the classic Wizard of Oz film, each very different than you would expect. This book was full of surprises in every chapter and I enjoyed it very much. I would rate this book a 4.5/5 stars.
- @AllegroReader of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 27, 2017

Spoiler oops Dorothy doesn't die. End of story. Like it was good but when you are waiting and expecting her to die and she doesn't it's quite disappointing it's like what's the point why did I read this??? But there are more books so I understand ig but don't use it as the title so plain and clear when she's still alive at the end ahhh

Apr 13, 2017

I'm calling it a day with this one at just under 50%. I tried, really I did. But this just falls flat at every opportunity.

Let's start with Oz. This was supposed to be Tim Burton's Oz. Dark, twisted, fucked up, and not at all your like childhood memory. The author accomplishes this by mentioning the lack of color about 1000 times in the first few chapters into Oz. And while some of the characters thus far are doing fucked up things I am really not getting the twisted-turned on it's head-craziness of Tim Burton.

Then there's Amy. This is supposed to be our badass protagonist that is going to take down Dorothy. Except she is just unbearably whiny the whole time. Granted, up to this point she is no Mary Sue. But I seriously have never met a single person from a trailer park that is as weak and pathetic as Amy. Add it the serious issue of her not being able to grasp the simplest concepts. She has spent the entire time in Oz trying to figure out what happened to it. And even after a very clear explanation (multiple explanations actually) she is struggling with the concept. Dorothy is bad, Dorothy is killing Oz, Dorothy's gotta go. This is all lost on Amy. She also can't seem to figure out if she is on the side of good or evil (apparently standing opposed to a maniacal tyrant didn't make that clear enough) and is obsessed with what the word "wicked" means. Seriously Amy. Get it together.

As for the other characters.....let's see: we have the totally hot Nox and beautiful Pete (cause obviously we have to set up the love triangle), we have the menacing, evil (so of course super sexy) Dorothy. We have the evil henchmen and Glinda (so beautiful naturally). The problem is these characters are barely explored or even described. Too much is hinging on memories from the original/movie. Being that this is supposed to be the Tim Burton-ed version you would expect the central characters to look a little different and would expect the author to demonstrate that at some point. She doesn't.

Maybe I am spoiled on fairy tale retelling since I am in the middle of the Lunar Chronicles (which are great). But I expect the unique element the author has chosen to be better explored. I expect the world building to be based on the original material but demonstrably different as a result of the "twist" the author is introducing. I expect the characters to fit with the adjusted landscape and behave reasonably within it. I am not getting that here and really don't suspect that I will in the next 50%.

ArapahoeLesley Nov 10, 2016

452 pages of set up and filler. Only the last 50 pages actually had any action. I was so excited by the concept (and it still sounds like it could make an amazing book) that maybe my expectations were too high but this book played out by the same tired formula as other of my not-like-so-muches, such as the Red Queen. "Ordinary girl goes to training camp to get powers and plays around in a palace until something may or may not happen at the end." There were 5 million new who-gives characters but Dorothy and her henchmen were generic baddies. I was gonna give it 2 stars but I think I've convinced myself down to 1. Maybe the next book will be better since Amy has graduated out of bootcamp.

Sep 13, 2016

If you loved or still love the Wizard of Oz, then this book might change that a little. SPOILER: Dorothy does not dye. There are many more of books in the series, so Dorothy probably doesn't dye.

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Jul 01, 2016

Amy Gumm is the other girl from Kansas. When a tornado sweeps up her trailer and dumps it in Oz, Amy realizes that the books don't tell you the who story.

Something is wrong in Oz. Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may actually be trustworthy, and the winged monkey can be executed for rebellion. Dorothy made it out of Oz, but then she came back. She seized power and has started to corrupt Oz. No one is safe.

Amy gets recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. And she's given a mission:
-REMOVE the Tin Woodman's Heart
-STEAL the Scarecrow's Brain -TAKE the Lion's courage and then: Dorothy Must Die

Jun 20, 2016

Amy Gumm wants to leave Dusty Acres, Kansas. She doesn’t like the people she goes to school with, she doesn’t like where she lives, and she doesn’t like the woman her mother has become. All of a sudden, Amy’s trailer home gets swept away by a tornado. Where does her trailer land? In Oz of course! Except not the Oz we all know and love - this Oz has changed, and not for the better. Good witches are bad and bad witches are good. The sky is always dull, the yellow brick road is run down, and there is little magic left in Oz. Who is responsible for all this destruction? Dorothy! When Amy meets the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, they tell her all she must know about Oz; that Dorothy must die.

Unique_543 Dec 27, 2014

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, and I've been given a mission:

The Tin Woodman's heart,

The Scarecrow's brain,

The Lion's courage,

And then—



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Jun 20, 2016

" You want me to Kill Dorothy."

-Amy Gumm; Dorothy Must Die

Sep 05, 2014

"To use it [magic]," she went on, "you just need to know how to find it. You need to gather it up and tell it what to do. It's just unstable energy. Magic always wants to be something different from what it already is. It wants to change. That's what makes it magic. And that's what makes lighting a candle the simplest bit of magic you can do. You just take energy, and you tell it what to be. In this case: heat." --Gert


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