Review: DOROTHY MUST DIE by Danielle Paige

by Danielle Paige
ISBN-13: 978-0062280671
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 432
Source: Publisher
Rating:  ♥♥♥♥.5

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.
I've been trained to fight.
And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman's heart.
Steal the Scarecrow's brain.
Take the Lion's courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!

My thoughts:

Of all the novels that I have read this year DOROTHY MUST DIE by Danielle Paige has been the one that has never left me. I am still haunted by this alternate OZ universe that is soo wicked that it is amazingly good.Once I began reading DOROTHY MUST DIE I could not stop reading it even when my hands were sore because of the intensity of the grip I had....yes it was that good.

We are introduced to protagonist Amy Gumm, girl about Kansas that is transported to OZ via tornado. Sound Familiar? Don't be fooled, because Amy's method of transportation is the only thing she has in common with Dorothy.  It turns out that Kansas was NOT the home that Dorothy wanted and she returned to OZ, taking over and became hooked on it's magic. But one taste was not enough to satiate her so OZ plunges in to destruction as Dorothy proceeds to drain the lands of their magic. This is where Amy comes to the rescue, it seems that those that want to destroy Dorothy believe that Amy is the only person that can do it. So they give an offer to Amy that she cannot refuse, or can she? What happens next is the stuff that stories are made off.
I highly recommend DOROTHY MUST DIE for anyone that loves adventure with a side of wicked for Danielle Paige has done a brilliant job of recrafting a well known story in a manner that is dark and twisted but in the best way possible.  Fans of OZ will be amazed at how naughty Dorothy has become and why SHE. MUST. DIE.



  1. Great review! I am soooooooo excited for this one! I should be getting it today so I can start it asap! I've already read the prequel novella which was equally awesome and really gives you a better idea of who Dorothy is! So can't wait to meet Amy! Awesome review!

  2. Like many other re-tales, Dorothy Must Die begins with a bang. Lots of action and drama, Dorothy Must Die is an rousing adventure that is pleasing to the readers. Powered with a freshly written perspective, Dorothy Must Die is awesome!
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