Dorothy Must Die by Danielle PaigeDorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Dorothy Must Die

byDanielle Paige

Paperback | March 31, 2015

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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:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.08 inPublished:March 31, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062280686

ISBN - 13:9780062280688


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Twist on a Classic I enjoyed the first book very much! I love discovering characters and this book was one of my favourite in that category.
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great series Honestly this is such an amazing re-imagining for any fan of the classic series or even the film.
Date published: 2018-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Loved this interesting version of the original tale
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from nice twist finished 3/4 books in two days lol, really enjoyed it. really good read to binge!
Date published: 2018-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A DEFINITE READ!!!!!! This book is AMAZING!! I'm almost done the book and it is AWESOME!!!!! Everyone should read this book!
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally intriguing! I'm in the middle of reading this right now, and completely love this book! It's such a great twist on the popular novel that was later adapted into musicals and movies, and television shows! I would definitely recommend reading the prequels as they help the understanding of the story a bit more.
Date published: 2018-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! If you loved Wicked or Oz, than this twisted fairy tale is for you!
Date published: 2018-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! A friend of mine loaned me this book and I liked it so much I bought it for myself as well as the rest of the series. The dark spin was gripping and kept me interested to the very end. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I read this because I love reading new takes on classic stories and I was no disappointed! The attention to the original details added with the twists to the new storyline were wonderfully done. If you enjoy new takes on classics then you should definitely pick this book up.
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed this book It is interesting the amount of detail that the author keeps to the original story and how she shows the original story and twists it into something new
Date published: 2018-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Interesting twist on the story we all know. Big page turner and huge cliffhanger.
Date published: 2018-03-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was alright. I started this book while away on vacation, brought it along for something to kill time during the flights. I loved the idea of the what happen to OZ after, and the idea that Dorothy and everyone else turned wicked. However, I just could not get into the book. And the ending disappointed me, and now I am forced to read on because I can't be left.
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! When I first started picked up this book, honestly, I didn't expect to like it as much as I did! The plot is well thought out, there is just enough description for it to not be annoying and the character development was fantastic. In this story you can find magic, a bit of love story and a character who's trying to really find her true self. I've watched "The Wizard of Oz" more times than I can count and I have to admit that this story did NOT ruin the movie for me. Overall, I loved this book and I recommend it!
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dorothy Must Die I found this book very intriguing and loved the dark spin that was put on such a classic tale.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very entertaining read! This story was so imaginative, and really turned the original "Wizard of Oz" story on its head! I loved every page, and have recommended it to so many people. Fair warning - it's definitely a young adult book. The writing is a bit juvenile, but not in a bad way - just in that it's more geared to the reading level of someone younger. I read this at 27 and LOVED it though, so if you're someone who enjoys YA fiction, and something a little different, I HIGHLY recommend this book. Such a creative spin, and I immediately purchased the next two in the series.
Date published: 2017-12-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It was okay I really wanted like this book, I have seen so many reviews on it. However I did not. Perhaps its because I have grown out of the age group of the main character but I found all of the relationships forced with barely any character development. And so I had zero reaction when something major happened to the main characters because I didnt have time to fall in love with them or understand their importance to the story. I really wanted to read the whole series but I struggled to complete the first book. Will not be continuing..
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I loved it from beginning to end. The feeling you get when you read through out the book gives you an uneasy feeling. I didn't know what was going to happen next. It kept me interested and on my toes. You can sense the fear this world of Oz has taken. I recommended it to my friend and she was hooked instantly.
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dorothy Must die Was all alright book to read - I love books that put a spin on the typical, standard, classic stories we are used to. Not all of the good guys are good or stay that way forever. Neat to read more about the land of oz.
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dorothy must die Was an alright book - I love books that put a spin on old, standard tales and make you see it from a different point of view. Not all good guys are good or stay that way. It was neat to delve a bit deeper into the land of oz.
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Daughter Loved This! My daughter read this in 2 school days, she couldn't put it down, she thought it had a fun twist on OZ . Se is already onto the final book.
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read It is a fun and easy read. It's very similar to other books such as the Lunar Chronicles where there is a heroine who was thought to be a nobody and turns out to be a very important somebody. It felt like a mix of Lunar Chronicles and Divergent series put together. Fun read and will definitely read the whole series, but not fully invested.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dorothy Must Die This was a fun twist on the Wizard of Oz
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pleasantly surprised This was a fast paced, action packed story and I was pleasantly surprised
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from First book okay. The rest sucks The first book was unique and original but then the whole series goes down from there. So why start the first book if the others are awful. The fourth book was not even in Oz. Too many new characters added in the third and fourth book. Do not do it. Save your money
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprising and interesting twist on the original I loved how the author took a story that had been told a thousand times and made it completely new! I especially enjoyed the evil twist on all of the beloved characters we all know and loved from the original story.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not great I had high expectations of this book based on the description, but I was severely disappointed. The writing was weak and amateur, the plot was meh and the characters were simple and cliche. I have no desire to read the second one.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Didn't enjoy This first book didn't make me want to continue with the series. Although it had it's good parts it was a bit boring most of the time.
Date published: 2017-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I absolutely loved this twist on the wizard of oz. The author takes so much from the original and ties it in nicely with her new additions to the story.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing series! This book got me hooked on the entire series! I love the spin on a classic tale!
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story this book was a great remake of the original story, i definitely recommend it if you like adventures
Date published: 2017-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A lot of fun! Worth the read. Interesting take on Oz
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Wow! It was amazing. Could get kinda grim, but I like that kind of stuff.
Date published: 2017-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing addition! This book is an amazing addition to the original, with unexpected turns and twists and fun characters!
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An interesting take on a classic I'm a pretty big Wizard of Oz fan, but I was won over by this version of events. It started off pretty gritty and real, and Amy's Kansas was quite a contrast to Dorothy Gayle's. That contrast continues when she lands in Oz. I enjoyed the story behind Oz's transformation as a result of Dorothy's 'descent into evil.' The book included characters we know (although much-changed) and characters we don't. It was a fun, twisted, sad and imaginative trip over the rainbow. I'll definitely read the other books in this series!
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was allright It was an interesting read, to the extent of the imagery and seeing how something that seems so innocent can actually be quite evil. I honestly was starting to get annoyed with all of the imagery - like they were trying too hard and for too long.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from May try This is rated so high.. I wonder how good it really is. I normally don't enjoy retellings of classic stories... I think classic stories should stay untouched. I didn't enjoy Splinter which was a spin on Alice in Wonderland. But since this is rated so highly by everyone, I might just give it a try someday. I do love a dark story.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW I loved this book! It was so unique and enticing, I really just don't know what else to say! If you haven't read it, you HAVE to read it!!
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Astonishing Loved the twist of the novel. Was very interesting. I liked the point of view of somebody different and how something may go wrong in happy endings. I can't wait to read the next one.
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting take. I love to see the character development of Dorothy and how she became a villain from her once heroic actions. Unfortunately this book did not deliver that. It was just to be that Dorothy is now the villain and must be slain. A little drawn out at times and the description of a magical world like OZ was dry. I recommend to those who truly love the story of Dorothy just for curiosity sake if anything.
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! This is a great retelling of a classic story! I love the twists. Just when you think you know what's going to happen next, you get a surprise!
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book so much!! I bought this book months ago because it sounded good and was on sale (2 for $20), but I didn't start it until January 2017. But once I did start it, I read it in a week. I absolutely adore this book and I reccomend it to everyone I know. It's one of my favourite books of 2017 already! Read this book!!!
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW I am so surprised! I did not think this book would be so good but it was! I love the characters, the setting, and the plot. If you like reading about retellings than this is great because it isn't so much as a retelling but a what happens after the wizard of oz and it is so cool.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great!!! only read the first book in the series, but I really love the twist on the wizard of oz. can't want to continue with the other books.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An unexpected find Taking us from Kansas to the land of Oz, but not the one we're used to from the Movie. This one was filled with unexpected characters and truly magical plot twists. I look forward to purchasing the next book in the series to know what happens next!
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! I really enjoy re-imaginings of fairy tales and the title of this really drew me in so I figured I'd give it a try. I was really glad I did because it was a great book to read that was definitely not what I expected it to be! So far a really entertaining series.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great its pretty good but the plot is kinda slow
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story from a classic If you liked Wizard of Oz, you need to read this series. Its such an interesting take on the aftermath of Dorothy, and it's refreshing to see the different characters and places of oz
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprised I recently read this book, and having grown up watching the wizard of oz I was really surprised by the direction the author took the book, I really loved how she build the characters up. Definitely a book to read
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprising I was never obsessed with Oz when I was younger but so many friends had suggested this book, i decided to finally pick it up. Trust me, I was not disappointed. It introduce Oz to me in a way that wasn't hard to understand with my basic background on the world. I love Amy as a character and that's definitely one thing that made me get hooked into this version of Oz.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Take a classic story and turn all the heroes in it to villains and the villains to heroes. Amazing!
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I loved this book from beginning to end. The different point of view was fantastic opened my imagination!
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing I read this because a friend recommended it to me, I am so thankful that she did!! One of my all time favourites!
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A different view point Well this book will keep your interest and since it's a series helps even more. Can't wait to read all the books in the series.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great its unusual to see a retelling of the wizard of oz but this was amazing
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extraordinary book! A wonderful twist on the classic!
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great retelling! I really liked the concept for this book: this twist on Oz is really exciting! I could not relate really well to Amy (the main character), but all the side characters were still interesting enough to keep me hooked throughout the book.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I read this a while ago and really enjoyed the twisted take on Oz. I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of retellings. I haven't read any of the sequals yet but I want to.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good not the best but still pretty good
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent Not the greatest book I have read this year but still worth the read.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 10/10 I have loved the story of the wizard of oz for as long a I can remember, and with this twist that I has never been done before... I love it.i love how it combines the book, movie and the second movie return to oz but with it's own twist and I couldn't be more happy to have read this book
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the Dorothy you know What happened to Dorothy once she made it out of Oz and back to Kansas? Little did we know, she would be back and she was there to stay. I started reading this book in December, couldn’t seem to commit to it… but finally sat down this weekend and read the rest of it. The writing style is very descriptive, a lot of details. To me, it unfortunately dragged on. Knowing what the character is wearing is good information, but texture and brightness of the color seemed to just go on forever. The main character is Amy, Salvation Amy. A poor high school student with divorced parents who now lives with her alcoholic mother in a trailer park home. But not for long as Amy finds herself in what looks to be like Oz? Amy is good character, but I never found she was strong enough, she doubted herself a lot. Missed a lot of good opportunities. I kept waiting for her to pull through and get it together, she did, but not as heroic as it could have been. The story is good, but it could have been a lot more then what it was.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Fun Trek and Nostalgia Filled This book was a lot of fun. That's probably the best way to describe it. This was totally a 'judge a book by its cover' thing, it stopped me dead in my tracks in my LBS and after reading the summary I knew I needed to read it. So of course, it had a waiting list at the library. After waiting a few months, it finally came available to read and I was not disappointed. This wasn't a race of an adventure, but it was a lovely trek through the world of of Oz, and boy did it pack a lot of emotions from the start. Much like the original Dorothy books, it follows the same pattern of 'disgruntled girl at home wishing for a different life who then gets whisked away on an adventure'. I really liked that in this world, the story of Dorothy exists as a work of fiction. That the Judy Garland movie is referenced a few times made me giggle. From there, everything gets turned on its head in a lot of really good ways. The descriptions of this version of Oz were fantastic. The emotions that are dragged out in the first third, both in the real world and in Oz, run the gamut. (WHY INDIGO WHY?!). I felt the training and espionage sections lagged a bit, I understand that it was to give a breather and get things ready for the action packed conclusion, and set up the relationship, but I think it went on a bit long. The biggest thing this book did was make me really want to read all the original Oz books, as I only ever read the first book as a kid. With all the cameo appearances of characters from the older books, I feel like they would have a bigger impact if I knew more than just their names.
Date published: 2016-03-13

Editorial Reviews

“Paige’s world building is intriguing and effectively augments the original world created by L. Frank Baum.”