Dorothy Must Die
By Danielle Paige
HarperCollins, 2014. 464 pgs. Young adult.
Dorothy has become an evil tyrant after she returns to Oz. Amy Gumm, from Kansas herself, knows the stories and movies, and thinks they end where they end. When she is taken by a tornado to a ruined, desolate Oz, Amy is shocked to learn where she is. The roles of good and evil are not what they were in the classic Baum books or the Judy Garland movie. Paige is so detailed in her monsters, her magic, and Oz itself. It is full of action and twists as Amy tries to help the people of Oz conquer Dorothy and Glinda.
I was hesitant about reading an adaptation of one of my childhood favorites. I didn't want it to be ruined forever if it didn't work. This book worked. Paige is a debut author with this book, and it is one of my favorite books I read this year. The voice is fantastic, Amy as a main character is funny and strong, the setting was perfect, and the retelling made it so fascinating. I really could not put this book down and then suggested it to so many friends and they have loved it just as much. Anyone who likes twisted fairy tales or magical mayhem would like this book.