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
0062280678
Branch Call Number: TEEN FICTION Paige Danielle
Characteristics: 452 pages ;,22 cm

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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!

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!

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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!


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alex4884
Dec 19, 2018

I am a big fan of all things OZ, even that show that got cancelled a summer or so ago. I went to great lengths to find the unaired pilot for Lost in Oz, and read Wicked at least twice a year...so I was intrigued to find this series.

Sadly, I could not finish this book, or the others in the series I tried to get through. I found the writing really juvenile, like something I would have written in grade 6 or something. I know it is a young adult book, but I think even a young adult would find this difficult to get through I think. I like the idea, and I think it is an idea that done properly could have had a life of its own in other media...but it is just not good.

IndyPL_OliverR Oct 23, 2018

A great retelling of the Wizard of Oz saga with a modern twist. An alternate portrayal of the world of Oz where Dorothy is not so sweet, and has more in common with the personalities of Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift. It's great to read how the good become bad, and the villains in the story come out on top.

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DisneyBelle919
Oct 04, 2018

This is a creative twist to the Oz story. Who would have thought Oz could be so dark and evil? Can't wait to see what happens next.

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Peepa24
Jul 25, 2018

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

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llacher1
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.

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RACHEL SHERIDAN
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.
-RS

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
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

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Hankate20
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

SaraLovesBooks Sep 07, 2016

I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book, but it drew me in right away. It's one of my "I-couldn't-put-it-down" books. It was an interesting take on what could have happened to the characters after the events of "The Wizard of Oz."

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Dec 21, 2015

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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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