Series: Dorothy Must Die #1
Date Published: 2014-04-01
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Audiobook Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
Description: 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!
I really liked the concept of Dorothy Must Die because The Wizard of Oz is one of my favorite stories, and spin offs can be really fun – I mean Wicked is the coolest thing EVER. I also liked having the characters turn evil and be different from how they were the first time we met them.
Unfortunately, this one didn’t quite deliver what I was hoping, though I did really like many aspects of it. There were some cliché aspects in this book – absentee parent, character who doesn’t believe in herself, our main character being the only one who can stop Dorothy for some not really explained reason but she’s a special snowflake, etc. In fact, I got pretty irritated with Amy when she had so many opportunities to do… something… but just let them pass her by because she was not sure she could do what she was tasked with. I didn’t understand why it had to be Amy. Just because she too arrived in Oz on a tornado from Kansas doesn’t give her special power over Dorothy in my mind. But somehow, everyone in Oz thinks it has to be her.
I didn’t realize this book was going to be a series, so I was quite disappointed with the ending. Let’s just say without giving away spoilers that Dorothy still must die in the sequel. I really don’t like books with such non-endings, but that might just be me.
Let’s not be all negative though – I really liked how dark this book was. It got really dark and gruesome and detailed at times, which is not something you see very often in YA, and I enjoyed that. I liked how creepy Scarecrow was especially, and also Tin Man’s punishments for treason. Very dark and twisted indeed. So that made the first part of the book very enjoyable for me until I realized Amy wasn’t gonna do didly squat in this book and we were going to have to wait until future books to see this conflict resolved.