Dorothy Must Die by Danielle PaigeDorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Dorothy Must Die

byDanielle Paige

Hardcover | April 1, 2014

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The New York Times bestselling first book in a dark new series that reimagines the Oz saga, from debut author Danielle Paige.

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 a road of yellow brick—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. And—Dorothy must die.

Danielle Paige is a graduate of Columbia University and the author ofDorothy Must Dieand its digital prequel novellas,No Place Like OzandThe Witch Must Burn. Before turning to young adult literature, she worked in the television industry, where she received a Writers Guild of America Award and was nominated for several Daytime Emmys. S...
Title:Dorothy Must DieFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:464 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.41 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 1.41 inPublished:April 1, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062280678

ISBN - 13:9780062280671


Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bad This was one of the worst books I've ever read. A major dissapointment
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Trifle Disappointed I didn't have very high expectations for this novel. I've read countless reviews, debated on reading it for the longest time, and let it sit on my TBR for far too long before I finally picked it up. On one hand, I'm glad I did, because this is actually better than I expected; on the other, I'm still glad I did, but for a very different reason. I'm just glad to be getting it off my TBR pile. The Oz in this series is nothing like the cheerful, friendly Oz in the plays, movies, books, or original story. That didn't surprise me. What shocked me was how downright violent this book was, and the foul-mouthed Munchkins who boldly display tattooed sleeves on their arms and dress like punk rockers. Having never been a fan of the original Wizard Of Oz tale, at least I can honestly say I'm not disappointed or outright offended by how different this book was, but I was expecting a trifle more, considering the hype and seeming popularity surrounding this series. I will be continuing on with it, but I don't expect to be gushing over it anytime soon.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing spin on a classic tale! I bought this book because I was OBSESSED with the hardcover art- and boy did the story not disappoint! I have recommended this book to almost every over book lover I know, and everyone I know whom has read it has loved it too! highly recommend if you're seeking a YA book with a female lead and have a taste for a bit of scary characters!
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book This book is a good read, but definitely not amazing, I've read better, but it definitely is something I would recommend. It was a great twist on the wizard of Oz fairy tale.
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Equisite i love books like this, the ones that twist the fairy tales we know into something much more interesting. Plus there is a tad of romance which is always nice. overall a great book that I litteraly could not put down.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book!!! I love the dark twist to this story...definitely a page turner.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from must have! I never write reviews but this book was amazing! I've read it a million times and have also read the sequels. I really enjoyed the twist on a classic story; although be warned, you will never be able to look at the wizard of oz the same way again after reading this! overall I would 10/10 recommend this book!
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting take on an old classic Welcome to Oz, where good is evil and evil is good. Amy Gumm a typical teenager who isn't having the greatest luck in the life department. Her father's gone, she mothers her drug addicted mother and she's being tormented at school. Then a tornado comes tearing through the trailer park (saw that coming right, lol) and Amy's thrown into a world she is familiar with - Oz. Who doesn't know the story of Dorothy and her adventures with the Tin Woodsman, Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow? But Amy quickly discovers that this is not all singing munchkins and magical shoes she has read about. In fact, Oz is ruled by a magic-hungry tyrant and it's gone to hell in a handbasket. She teams up with the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, the wicked witches if Oz, and she discovers she has come to Oz with the sole mission that Dorothy must die.
Date published: 2015-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing!! I bought this book about a year ago, and I must say I LOVED it!! It was scary and dark, and frankly a great twist on an already great story.
Date published: 2015-04-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great story idea, but disappointing result I really like the concept of the story - revisiting the World of Oz after Dorothy apparently left is a really interesting idea. However, throughout the majority of this book, barely anything happens. SPOILERS: By the end of this book, Amy Gumm hasn't even killed Dorothy yet - she's barely reached her, for that matter. Close to the entire book is plot that don't really need to be in there - it's more of an annoying filler to lengthen the story to turn it into more sellable books than interesting and necessary plot. The author very easily could have finished the story in this book - easily so even within the last 20 pages. But she did not, which makes it feel more of a money grab than an truly great book. I am not impressed with her work here, despite how interesting the plot seemed. The description on the book itself is also misleading, making me even more disappointed that I didn't get the story I was told I would. I would avoid this unless you are a new reader who still hasn't found your particular style of a "good read" yet. If you're not into stories that are really drawn out unnecessarily into multiple books, then keep looking - this is not the book (or series of books, I should say) for you.
Date published: 2015-02-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Love Hate Relationship I really wanted to love this book, and by the end of it i did, but it took so long for the story to finally get rolling. I found that there was a lot of unnecessary parts and a to of the scenes seems to drag on far too long. By the time i got the the part that i was waiting for (from the books description) i was already 3/4 of the way through, or more. I do love the new oz, the description is beautiful and I'm excited for the next one, but if you want to read this book don't read the description. I spent the entire book waiting for the part of the story that was in the description and it didn't even happen. Very disappointing, but still a good read if you go into it blindly.
Date published: 2015-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great New Series I am a total Wizard of Oz fan. I’ve read the original, I’ve read adaptations. I’ve seen Wicked on stage. I own the original movie. I love it! And I’m also a huge fan of twisted fairytales! So when I came across this book, I was more than a little excited. And Danielle Paige didn’t disappointment me! I have to admit I was skeptical a few pages in. The main character, Amy Gumm, bears little resemblance to Dorothy from the original WOO movie or book. And the start of the novel really is like a realistic YA book. So I was confused. And then the tornado hit … and I couldn’t put the book down. The characters are so well developed and the protagonist is a girl I couldn’t help loving. The witches are good, Dorothy is bad … or are they? Paige keeps you guessing. I truly galloped through this read, eager to see how it all turned out for Amy and the characters of Oz. The book ends with a great climax and left me with more questions than answers. But I’m relieved … Book 2 (Wicked Will Rise) comes out this March and I will definitely be reading it! And apparently there is a prequel as well (No Place Like Oz). A great new series to discover. Be sure to check it out!
Date published: 2015-01-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Huge Disappointment I don't often leave reviews for things, but I felt like I needed to warn everyone who might be interested in this book: DON'T BOTHER. I'm a huge Oz fan, and I'll try anything Oz-related, but this was, sadly, a huge let-down. You would never expect it to be so disappointing, because the idea of the story isn't a bad one... the title is deceiving, the back cover is deceiving - they're not at all related to the story, really. Without spoiling it (for those who are still interested), I'll tell you this: NOTHING happens for the majority of this book. Of the 450 pages, maybe 20 of them have things going on. And there are going to be at least two sequels. The author could have easily fit the entire story into one 450-page book, if she cut out all the nothing that goes on. The book was written for younger girls (teenagers, apparently), but I doubt that even at 12 or 13 I would've liked this book. I probably would've enjoyed it more than I did at my age (mid-twenties, if you must know), but I still wouldn't have like it much. It was just not very well written - AND it's a lot of pages for many people that age. It almost felt as though the author rushed through it without much thought. It wasn't descriptive, she used the same words a lot, and the story just didn't work well. This was probably the most disappointing book purchase I've made in a long time (possibly ever). I bought it when it was quite new, so a lot of the reviews for it were really good - of course now that I've struggled to get through the painful read, a lot of the reviews are more similar to mine. Like I said, it was just very deceiving. I've never willingly given away a hardcover book, but there's a first time for everthing.
Date published: 2014-08-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from BORINGGGGG!!! Don't even bother! I thought this would be a better novel since it involved Oz and Dorothy and all of that but in actuality, this novel just SUCKS. I'm sorry, but if you want to read a novel that is so quick paced it does not make sense and a very repetitive scrip, be my guest and read it, but for everyone else looking for a good book to curl up with, find something else!!! No action and a story line that is so twisted is not what I was looking for! There goes $15.87 down the drain??
Date published: 2014-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Action packed, and intriguing A lover of the phenomenal movie watching the beautiful Judy Garland bring the magical world of Oz to our television screens, this book gives you the dark and gruesome influence Kansas sweetheart Dorothy has on Oz. Paige did a terrific job turning your love for the good side of Oz that the movie had drawn you to, and making your head spin with anticipation of the next move. A very good read for those who enjoy fantasy, and action, and slight referrals to romance packed in one! Enjoy!
Date published: 2014-06-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Be brave. Be angry. Don't trust anyone. Wither it's about Oz, Neverland, or Narnia I will always love a twist for the original story. Dorothy Must Die wasn't that way for me. The idea for the book had me hooked from the first time I'd heard about it, but I just couldn't get into the book itself. The book started at a good pace, I really loved Amy in her school. Especially with her high school bully being pregnant, it showed to me that even though the 'popular' girls or boys always seem to have it all they do make mistakes the same as everyone else does. Eventually when Amy got to Oz the story lost it's pace and started to drag for a bit. Danielle had written the book trying to show us her version of Oz, but with the storyline she was going for, there was too much access description. As in, some of the villages and meetings on the yellow brick road were not needed. It all took away from what Amy was really supposed to be in Oz for. Don't get me wrong though, I loved Danielle's Oz. It's horrifyingly terrific. When we were finally introduced to the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked the book was half done already. I felt like more should have been done with the Order of the Wicked, the parts that we experienced with them were not satisfying enough for me. The group would do the same thing over and over each day, then they were gone again. Overall I don't think the Wicked was a main focus like the books summery said it to be. Dorothy Must Die was not my favourite read, but if a sequel happens then I will most likely get my hands on a copy and give Dorothy and Amy another chance.
Date published: 2014-06-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Why did I pick this up?! This is not the story about a girl named Dorothy who has captured our imagination and heart for over 100 years. This is not Wicked. This is just bad.
Date published: 2014-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creepy....Fantastic...AMAZING 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... The title of this book and the cover were the first things that grabbed me....even before I read the synopsis. I knew at first glance that I HAD TO HAVE THIS BOOK! and THEN I read the synopsis....SERIOUSLY??? MUST HAVE THIS BOOK NOW!!!!!!! Dorothy Must Die is one of those books where I just held it in my hand and stared at the cover. The cover was so creepy and chilling and absolutely perfect. I am a huge fan of covers. If a cover ROCKS then I am more likely to tear into the book..Yes I know that sounds crazy but I am being honest! and everything about Dorothy Must Die screamed...."I AM AMAZING....READ ME NOW!!!" From the very first page this book was amazing....I mean FREAKING amazing. I have always loved The Wizard of Oz and so when I saw this creepily fantastic re-telling it just jumped at me. A savage, distorted YA Dystopian....Dorothy....EVIL??? I had so many thoughts and aspirations on where Danielle Paige would take this story and WOW...She exceeded my The opening paragraph of the first chapter of this book immediately showed me how intense and emotional this book was going to be and how fascinating at the same time. "I first discovered I was trash three days before my ninth birthday--one year after my father lost his job and moved to Secaucus to live with a woman named Crystal and four years before my mother had the car accident, started taking pills, and began exclusively wearing bedroom slippers instead of normal shoes." The main character Amy is such an emotional and riveting character. She has been through so much in her life and faced so many tragedies yet she has overcome them and has grown into a strong, independent young woman. I immediately liked her character and felt so much emotion for her. She has basically raised herself and is just living day to day. She dreams of the day when she can move out of the mobile home park and start fresh. Little does Amy know but a tornado is about to take her to a whole new world where she is going to face more danger and disaster than she ever thought possible. Amy arrives in Oz and immediately thinks she is dreaming. She has read all the stories and seen all the movies but this OZ is NOTHING like she ever imagined. Everything is creepy, dark, and unsettling. This is where Amy's adventure begins....or should I say her horror? Amy is first introduced to a mysterious green eyed boy who advises her to follow the yellow brick road and to get to the Emerald City as soon as possible and promises all her answers to her questions will be answered and then he disappears. "In the name of Ozma of Oz," the Tin Woodman said grimly, his voice robotic and scratchy, "by order of Princess Dorothy, I --the Tin Woodman of Oz, Grand Inquisitor of the Emerald Police and commander of the Tin Soldiers---hereby arrest you for crimes of treason." He held out a piece of paper with a gold seal on it, and for the first time I got a look at his hands. A chill ran through my entire body. He had fingers like knives and needles, each of them twisted into a slightly different shape. Like dentist tools." Amy meets so many phenomenal characters along her journey to the Emerald City and also faces unspeakable pain and suffering. Dorothy and Oz are now evil and nothing is as it seems. There are so many twists and turns and gripping adventure scenes in this book. And of course there is romance as well..... and there are so many well-written characters and Amy never knows who she can truly trust....who is truly on her side...or are they just another one of Dorothy's minions??? If you are looking for an amazing book with twists and turns, spell-binding mysteries, secret romances, and just an absolutely PHENOMENAL story then Dorothy Must Die is for you!!! I absolutely loved it and CANNOT wait to read the sequel....I mean...I need it...NOW!!!!
Date published: 2014-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Are you a good witch or a bad witch?" Lots of fun for all Wizard of Oz fans and friends of Dorothy.
Date published: 2014-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic read! I bought this book a few weeks ago and I couldn't put it down! I loved revisiting Oz and this book was so fast paced and exciting. Whether you're a teen or an adult, you'll definitely love this book. I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2014-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Book of 2014 Before reading this book and the prequel itself, I'd never think that Oz was such a horrible place. Every little girl's dream is to live the life that Dorothy did, and experience all of the wonder and heroic abilities that Dorothy did in the movie. Now, I'm really not so sure. The truth hurts... I'd recommend that you read the prequel before reading this. That's what I did, and after reading this, you'll have a full understanding of what really happened to Dorothy before this main fiasco began. There is a reason why Dorothy became to be such a bitch, and you'll definitely realize the truth kind of better. But seriously, I don't blame the Wicked witches, Dorothy really has to die. What the frost cakes does she think she's doing, ruling and overpowering Oz? To get magic and to get whatever she wants? Oh, come on. I swear, this is how I imagine that... piece of snot. x) I remember feeling sympathy towards her in the prequel, but now she has definitely crossed the line. This about Amy Gumm. She is going through a tough time at both school and home. Her mother doesn't care anymore, and all she does is drink and expects Amy to do all of the cooking and cleaning while she goes and hits the local bars. At school, Amy is known as the girl who goes and shops at the Salvation Army. Life is tough, and one day when a tornado is just about to hit her small town in Kansas, her mother goes out and leaves her in their small trailer apartment. The tornado hits... and she wakes up in Oz, with a cute "rescue guy" hunched over her. She doesn't know where she and why she got all the way there. All she knows in her heart... is that she must kill Dorothy, and she will do whatever it takes to accomplish that. Dorothy's past story is very similar to Amy's, but Amy is living in the present day, and things have definitely changed since that time. It's been many years since Dorothy has stole the throne, and once Amy arrives in Oz, everything has changed since Dorothy's young age days. Oz is horrifying and is almost completely destroyed... and it's all because of Dorothy. Many people are living in sorrow and sadness, and since Amy, the perfect heroine, is willing to change that, she must kill Dorothy. If you had read my prequel review, you would have known that something about Glinda was strange to me... and in this book, we really found out the truth, at least I did. Glinda is pure evil, even though she was the good witch. I KNEW IT. Oz is absolutely fake and like an industry now. It's not a fairyland that we all know of. PermaSmile? Seriously? Dorothy was really spicing up something here.. Wait until you read this quote: God, Dorothy. What's up with you? Where's the old country girl we've always known? The characters were absolutely amazing, besides the wicked "princess," of course. Amy was the most kick-butt character I've ever read about, and I love her heroic personality. She just wanted everyone to happy, and was willing to take many risks to get that established. All of Oz depended on her, and she made them proud. The romance just blew me away. NOX, NOX, NOX, where have you been all my life, my little honey bunches of oats? He was so adorable, and just made my insides burst. It was even better that he was a warlock, OMG. A guy who knows how to fight and to make girls' insides burst? That's my man. *giggles* What can I say? This book hooked me from the start, and Danielle Paige has created my favourite book of 2014. A great idea + a heart-pumping storyline + plot twists + amazing characters= absolute perfection. EVERYONE. MUST. READ. THIS. BOOK. NOW.
Date published: 2014-04-12

Editorial Reviews

"Paige's world building is intriguing and effectively augments the original world created by L. Frank Baum."