Sunday, August 3, 2014

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Genre:  YA Fairy Tale
Dorothy Must Die Series, Book 1

Description (taken from Goodreads):
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.

The Land of Oz.  Where everything is exactly as it seems: the good are good and the wicked are wicked.  But that's not the case anymore.  When Amy enters Oz, she finds the good have become wicked and the wicked are doing some good by trying to save Oz.

Amy has lived a lot of her life in a trailer park in Kansas.  While trying to help her mother with her midlife crisis, she's also trying to pass high school.  But Amy can't seem to get past her 'Salvation Amy' nickname.  Then the tornado of a lifetime comes in and sweeps Amy to Oz.  And while the wicked seem to think she is the prophecy that will help rid their land of Dorothy, Amy's just trying to keep a level head and not let the magic get to her.  But in the end, will she be able to kill Dorothy?

I seem to be on a Wizard of Oz fix right now.  This book just puts everything backwards.  I'm not sure I can look at Dorothy's clothing in the same way anymore.  I kind of cringe every time I see Dorothy and Glinda in other Oz tellings after reading this one.  This book has forever changed my outlook on all things good in this world.  I enjoyed the warped retelling and am looking forward to the next one.

This one is a definite read for Oz fans.  My only drawback is that this isn't a standalone novel, but I'll definitely be picking up the next one.

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