The 1st full length book in the series:
“Dorothy Must Die” by Danielle Paige
Publisher’s Synopsis: 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 bluebirds. 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 yellow brick road – 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.
5 out of 5 stars
This is the first full length book in the series, and it’s a stunner! The story takes place after Dorothy has returned to Oz and taken power, ruling over all. She is sadistic, taking what she wants and ruling with fear. Her dear friends the Lion, Scarecrow and Tin Woodsman have all become twisted, monstrous versions of themselves. Glinda is there to support her and everyone is forced into a permanent smile. Terrifying!
The heroine of the story is Amy Gumm, a teenager who lives in Kansas in a poor section of a trailer park. She is used to getting teased and tormented for her poverty but she still stands up for herself, even against her drug addicted mother. One awful day, her trailer is blown away by a tornado … all the way to Oz.
Amy soon finds out that Oz is not what it used to be. Dorothy is sucking all the magic out of the land for her own personal use, and leaving the cities in ruins. Amy is recruited into the rebellion of wicked witches and trained as an assassin – Dorothy’s assassin. Their goal is to install Ozma back as the rightful ruler of Oz.
This was just fantastic. Amy is a character that is really relatable and genuine. The writing is smart, funny, and on point. This is a war that Amy is fighting and it’s not glossed over. All the blood and casualties that come with war are present in this book – this is no fairytale. Dorothy isn’t about to go quietly and there is no way she is going to let another girl from Kansas steal anything she feels is hers.