Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Release Date: April 1st, 2014
HarperCollins, 452 Pages
Source: Bought the Audiobook
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Dorothy Must Die #1
Voice Actor: Devon Sorvari
Somewhere over the rainbow…something has gone terribly wrong.
A twister has hit Kansas again, and this time it whisks away a girl named Amy Gumm. At first, Amy is thrilled to have left her trailer park life behind. But instead of the magical land where troubles melt like lemon drops that she knows from the books and the movies, she discovers the place has been destroyed. And it’s all Dorothy’s fault.
Amy soon joins up with the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked—a group of deposed witches and warlocks who are determined to end Dorothy’s oppressive reign, and who need Amy’s help. They teach her the secrets of witchcraft and combat and then they give her an impossible mission: steal back the Tin Woodman’s heart, the Scarecrow’s brain, and the Lion’s courage. And when she’s done, Dorothy must die.
Dorothy Must Die took one of my all time favorite movies (and books!) and literally slapped me in the face with an alternate ending/universe. To think that Dorothy is evil – mind = blown. And it was so much fun for me as a reader to see the same world of Oz with a new perspective. It’s like discovering a favorite book (Oz and the Emerald City) for the first time, all over again – no easy task. So bravo to Ms. Paige for being able to do that!
Despite the love I had in rediscovering Oz, the plot was a tad bit too slow for my liking – lots of side quests and extra characters that I found myself getting bored with. The audiobook is 14.5 hours long, so maybe that had something to do with the plot feeling slow.
Overall, I really liked this book and it kept me engaged in the parts that I didn’t find boring (as opposed to just lulling). I think it goes to show that with the right execution and good writing, even a 14.5 hour long audiobook AND a retelling of one of your favorites, can become a favorite too.
PS – I cannot wait for the sequel!