Review of Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Published: 3rd July 2014
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 464


Oz has turned into a savage dystopia under Dorothy’s rule and now a new girl from Kansas must take her down. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz meets Kill Bill in this edgy, fast-paced fantasy adventure. 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.


Thank you to Harper Collins for kindly sending me a review copy, which was an International Edition. I’m loving YA Fiction at the moment, so this was perfect.

Amy has no friends in Kansas. She’ll never be popular. Even when when the popular girl is pregnant, Amy is still “trailer trash.” I really liked the concept of this book from the very first page as it was a true “don’t underestimate me” type of plot. The tornado takes Amy and plants her in Oz – no, not Australia. Just like Dorothy did, Amy has a pet to accompany her, but it’s not a dog, it’s a rat… Oz is not the same as it used to be and we realise that quite quickly – all the colour has vanished and nobody is happy.

“It was like going to Disney World and not getting your picture taken with Cinderella.”

Along the way to Emerald City, Amy and her pet rat pick up some companions: a Munchkin with a severe attitude problem and a flightless monkey. When we eventually meet Dorothy, she’s not the girl everyone knows from the film. She’s dark, dangerous and constantly evil. I loved that. I was so pleased that Danielle did a dark twist because it really paid off.

“But this wasn’t a game and this lion made the lions I’d seen in the zoo look like kittens.”

Overall, I thought the book was absolutely fantastic and I’m very pleased that it’s going to be a series, because seriously – the ending was just epic and it’s making me want the second book right now.

Twitter: @daniellempaige