I feel like I’ve had my eye on this one for years. Dorothy Must Die takes the story of The Wizard of Oz, which we all know and love, and turns it on its head. In this the girl ending up on the wrong side of the tornado is Amy, and she doesn’t recognize the Oz that she grew up seeing in movies. That’s because after the movie ends, Dorothy comes back to Oz – and she’s destroying it. It’s up to Amy to bring her down.
So the writing here wasn’t great, especially in the beginning. There was a lot of telling instead of showing. For example “And Amy just new in her gut blah blah blah”. Somewhere around the middle the author seemed to hit her stride, and it got better after that. Amy is a high school girl growing up in a trailer park in Kansas. She’s taunted at school, and her mom is neglectful. Going to Oz almost seems like a blessing, until she realizes how dangerous Dorothy has made it. You can be arrested for and punished for “Sass”. The Tin Man now has knives and needles for hands. And Dorothy is mining Oz for magic, hoarding it all to herself and killing Oz in the process. Oz is bleak.
The idea of those deemed wicked actually being the good guys is such a fun spin. Amy’s fight to save Oz kept me reading. That, and her developing crush on a boy named Nox. I almost quit Dorothy Must Die when I was about a quarter of the way in, and I’m glad that I stuck with it. I spent most of last Sunday just reading it on my couch, totally sucked in. There are sequels and prequels out, which I’m thinking I’ll read soon. I need to know what happens!
Fun fact: my sister read this with me. This is the first book we’ve ever picked out and read at the same time! How have we not done that before??
Sarah Says: 3.5 stars