The Wizard of Oz, with sweet and innocent Dorothy, the Tin Man who gets his heart, the Scarecrow with his new brain and the lion who is finally able to acquire courage.
If this is the Oz you are used to, as many of us are, then brace yourself. In the new book, Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige, everything we knew about Oz has changed. Now “good” is evil and “evil” is good and nothing is as it seems.
Oz is no longer the beautiful place it once was. Instead, it is a place of darkness and gloom and it’s all because of Dorothy.
Amy Gumm is a girl from Kansas that has landed in Oz much the same way as Dorothy once did. Only when she arrives, she finds a much different place than the Oz she saw on The Wizard of Oz movie she watched growing up. This Oz is full of despair and unhappiness, nothing like what she would have expected.
Dorothy has turned everyone and everything around her into something to fear. Getting Oz back to the land it once was is all up to Amy and a few friends (or are they?) she meets along the way. Her mission is to remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, steal the Scarecrow’s brain and take the Lion’s courage. Then when all that is done, Dorothy Must Die!
I wasn’t sure what I was going to think when I first started reading Dorothy Must Die, but I am hooked. I am halfway through at this point and don’t want to put it down. It is definitely a sci-fi type of book, but the storyline is easy to follow and exciting to read. There are twists and turns all along the way, which I really enjoy. I don’t like to read predictable books and this one so far has been anything but predictable.
I have come across a couple of words that I wish the author would have left out so that a younger audience could read it. It is one that I think kids who enjoyed Harry Potter would possibly enjoy. However, because of the language I can’t recommend it to that age group. Also, since I am only halfway through the book, I am not sure what the second half of the book will bring. I will try to update once I have completed it.
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige is available in bookstores now. Grab your copy today.
I received an advanced copy of Dorothy Must Die for my honest review. I received no other form of compensation.