Dorothy Must Die

Dorothy Must Die

Paperback | March 31, 2015

byDanielle Paige

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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.

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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...

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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. But I never expected Oz to look like this. A place where Good Witches can't be trusted and Wicked Witches ...

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...

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Format: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

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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 4 out of 5 by from Surprised #plumreview This book really surprised me I didn't expect to like it as much as I did, I sealy liked this book a lot the story was really intriguing and kept me engaged throughout the whole book. The characters were fun and the story colorful overall great book.#plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-08
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
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enchanting... Mysterious, and exciting. Very dark. These books almost ruin the original stories and characters for me but I can't stop reading them. Love them!
Date published: 2015-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Refreashed twist on a Classic I'm more than pleased with how the book went. The pace, the characters, the mystery... It kept me hooked until the very last page. I've now grown a whole new obsession for the World of Oz and I won't be waiting to read the rest of Amy Gum's adventure.
Date published: 2015-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dorothy Must Die I went back to Oz, in a rather odd way, but thouroughly enjoyed the journey.The title is kind of a spoiler, but this title had shown up enough for me that I was curious, and I wasn't disappointed, so now I need to read the whole series.And to think "Twilight" became a hit ?
Date published: 2015-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! The Wizard of Oz is one of my favourite movies. This was a nice twist on the story! I loved it!!!!!!!
Date published: 2015-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Wooow! I couldn't put it down! Such an interesting twist on the classic tale. Don't think I'll look at Wizard of Oz the same again. What can I say? Dorothy must die.
Date published: 2015-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice story Quick easy read. A nice story to add to the original with edge. I am not reading the short stories and will likely read the next book.
Date published: 2015-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling & Suspenseful I loved the book!! It is such a dark Oz and I love it!!! Can't wait for the new addition in March!!!
Date published: 2015-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Can't wait for a sequel!! Definitely kept me on the edge the entire time and found it hard to even put the book down!
Date published: 2015-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thank you!!! First book I've read in a long time that has a believable female protagonist who thinks about things other than boys. Amy has a lot on her plate, and as the bad piles up, she just keeps on fighting. Very original retelling of Oz - definitely not the one from the movie! A YA book that does more than grow up, but questions the entire process, as well as the benefits of so-called adulthood. Very readable writing style: fast action and wondrous descriptions. Highly recommended. Enjoy the series
Date published: 2015-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read Very clever twist on a classic story that you won't want to put down, I can't wait for the sequel!!!
Date published: 2015-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Dorothy Must Die was an great, creative and easy read that left you wanting more. It masterfully reinvents everything you thought you knew about the mystical land of Oz.
Date published: 2014-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Goody Great book! Had you on the edge while reading. Great details great story!
Date published: 2014-05-22

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