"Dorothy Must Die" Book Review
Honestly, I have never really been a fan of the "Wizard of OZ" movie which might seem a bit weird. As a child I think I liked it but as I got older I just couldn't stand it anymore and I can't exactly pinpoint why either. But when it comes to offshoot stories about OZ or the characters (Wicked is one of my favorite books) I'm totally down for it. So when I came across "Dorothy Must Die" while perusing through Barnes & Noble I became instantly intrigued and of course went and checked it out from my local library after reading the following description about it.
"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 the yellow brick road, though—but even that's crumbling.
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.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!"
Can you tell why I was so intrigued by this book? The fact that Dorothy was evil and the main villain just screamed at me to read it and I listened. It only took me about 3 days to read Dorothy Must Die once I started it. There are 464 pages but the chapters are only a few intense filled pages long and not some books that are double the amount of pages in a chapter yet filled with boring and stale dialogue so they went by rather quickly. From the first page until the very last I was enthralled with it, my eyes glued to the pages and my fingers anxiously waiting to turn the page.
There are quite a few characters throughout the book with some playing bigger roles than others (some only last a few pages) that were all easy to build up and connect with. The ones that technically only lasted a few pages truly last throughout the entire book because they still come into play, mainly with Amy and how she changes throughout her time in OZ. Various characters, particularly those that used to be good and were Dorothy's friends have been seriously warped and twisted which I found fascinating. I loved how they were changed both physically in the description of their appearances and their personalities which are completely different from the original classic tale. For example, the Tin Man, Scarecrow and the Lion were once normal (I guess for walking and talking beings that shouldn't be) but their personalities were all nice and friendly but in this book they are seriously far from normal or good. They each fit in their own way, the twisted darkness that invaded OZ by way of Dorothy Gale herself.
Good is bad and bad is wickedly good and the author wrote with such fluidity that she actually made me cheer on the bad/good/wicked? characters. Her writing style is simply fantastic. Throughout each page and chapter she weaves a fantasy world that is easily imagined and brought to life with her entrancing words. Words that made me feel as if I was reading a movie that was playing in my brain. I love a book that can get my imagination going.
Once I got passed the first few chapters that pretty much just introduced me to Amy and her current state of being, each page was filled with so much suspense that before I knew it I was chapters in and time had flown by without my knowing it. The last few chapters were so intense and fast paced that I was glued to the book with my eyes going back and forth as fast as they could. While I was reading I was of course expecting the inevitable ending when BOOM I was left with a cliffhanger and the title of the next book. I was only bummed about the ending because I wanted to know what happens but I was seriously excited that there is even more for me to read. Not only is there a sequel but Danielle Paige has also written digital prequel novellas that I would definitely read if I had a digital reader.
This is definitely a book to check out if you love fiction, suspense and a little bit of twisted darkness. Whether or not you enjoyed the classic story you will most likely enjoy this one because I definitely did and like I said, I'm more of a fan of the spin off tales. So now I am anxiously sitting here waiting for my turn to come up on the library holding list for the sequel. I'm third on the waiting list that is moving slower then I of course would like.
I'd love to know your thoughts on this book if you have read it before or if you haven't yet if it is something that you would find interesting to read. And as always, thank you so much for stopping by and reading today and I hope you will stop by again.
AUTHOR: Kimberly Fouché