Dorothy Must Die

Dorothy Must Die

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Amy Gumm, the other girl from Kansas, has been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked to stop Dorothy who has found a way to come back to Oz, seizing a power that has gone to her head -- so now no one is safe!
Publisher: New York : Harper Teen, 2014.
Edition: First Edition.
ISBN: 9780062280671
Characteristics: 452 pages ; 22 cm


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Austenite1975 Jan 03, 2018

First in the Dorothy Must Die series!

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Jul 08, 2020

The Wizard of Oz is a story depicting a young, innocent girl named Dorothy Gale, who gets whisked off by a tornado into a wondrous new world, far different from her own. Along the way, she meets new friends and solves each of their personal problems, and when they expose the Wizard of Oz and she goes home, everyone and everything lives happily ever after! Or do they? In the book, Dorothy must die, by Danielle Paige, a new kansan girl named Amy Gumm is also sent to Oz on a cyclone, but instead of meeting a happy little land full of joy, she finds a corrupt land filled with evil at every corner. And the source of all this malice seems to be… Dorothy? In this “sequel” of The Wizard of Oz, the main character Amy joins “The Revolutionary Order of the Wicked”: rebels who are plotting to overthrow Dorothy, and aids them in destroying the new evil Dorothy once and for all. Dorothy must die is filled with mystery, suspense, and is everything opposite of the classic Oz. The plot is very entertaining, and the author does a good job explaining everything, like the reason Dorothy turns evil. This is the first book of the series, which includes books that explain what happened in Oz before Amy came there. This book can be confusing at first, because of all the new characters, but once you get used to it, it is a very interesting read that will keep you happy for a long time. This book contains lots of violence.

StephanieOne Sep 20, 2019

I just powered through the prequel story collections for this series before I started this one, and it's a good thing I did. The stories had such great set-up material for this book, and such great character development. This book had non of that. It was basically Amy, the newly dropped-in Kansas girl, telling everyone that she could totally never kill Dorothy up until the very end. None of the other characters get any development what-so-ever, so caring about or understanding their motives is damn near impossible. Nox comes off as a brooding jackass in this book, while other stories show more of how and why he came to be who is he. Other members of the Order get no development beyond "being jealous of Amy", making strong warriors in training look like high school Mean Girls. You don't even get a feel for why Dorothy and Glinda are so horrible to begin with! Then to top it all off, the book doesn't even end. It was almost like the author just got bored and stopped writing!
I will still read the rest of the series, but only because I'm hoping it will be more like the prequels.

Nov 03, 2018

Well written, it was a page turner. While I love the premise, the male characters were two-dimensional. Great book for teenage girls.

IdeaLab_Mandy Nov 18, 2017

Hunger Games meets Wicked. Dorothy is not who we were duped into thinking, and Amy Gumm finds out the hard way. Transported in the standard way, via tornado, she lands in Oz to find it transformed by Dorothy and her henchmen into an oligarchy. What is good and what is wicked? It's hard to say as the wicked witches work to overthrow Dorothy the dictator, and Amy has no choice but to help. Magic, munchkins, and the Emerald City are all familiar elements, with the addition of violence, chaos, and manipulation.

Apr 13, 2017

I'm calling it a day with this one at just under 50%. I tried, really I did. But this just falls flat at every opportunity.

Let's start with Oz. This was supposed to be Tim Burton's Oz. Dark, twisted, fucked up, and not at all your like childhood memory. The author accomplishes this by mentioning the lack of color about 1000 times in the first few chapters into Oz. And while some of the characters thus far are doing fucked up things I am really not getting the twisted-turned on it's head-craziness of Tim Burton.

Then there's Amy. This is supposed to be our badass protagonist that is going to take down Dorothy. Except she is just unbearably whiny the whole time. Granted, up to this point she is no Mary Sue. But I seriously have never met a single person from a trailer park that is as weak and pathetic as Amy. Add it the serious issue of her not being able to grasp the simplest concepts. She has spent the entire time in Oz trying to figure out what happened to it. And even after a very clear explanation (multiple explanations actually) she is struggling with the concept. Dorothy is bad, Dorothy is killing Oz, Dorothy's gotta go. This is all lost on Amy. She also can't seem to figure out if she is on the side of good or evil (apparently standing opposed to a maniacal tyrant didn't make that clear enough) and is obsessed with what the word "wicked" means. Seriously Amy. Get it together.

As for the other characters.....let's see: we have the totally hot Nox and beautiful Pete (cause obviously we have to set up the love triangle), we have the menacing, evil (so of course super sexy) Dorothy. We have the evil henchmen and Glinda (so beautiful naturally). The problem is these characters are barely explored or even described. Too much is hinging on memories from the original/movie. Being that this is supposed to be the Tim Burton-ed version you would expect the central characters to look a little different and would expect the author to demonstrate that at some point. She doesn't.

Maybe I am spoiled on fairy tale retelling since I am in the middle of the Lunar Chronicles (which are great). But I expect the unique element the author has chosen to be better explored. I expect the world building to be based on the original material but demonstrably different as a result of the "twist" the author is introducing. I expect the characters to fit with the adjusted landscape and behave reasonably within it. I am not getting that here and really don't suspect that I will in the next 50%.

ArapahoeLesley Nov 10, 2016

452 pages of set up and filler. Only the last 50 pages actually had any action. I was so excited by the concept (and it still sounds like it could make an amazing book) that maybe my expectations were too high but this book played out by the same tired formula as other of my not-like-so-muches, such as the Red Queen. "Ordinary girl goes to training camp to get powers and plays around in a palace until something may or may not happen at the end." There were 5 million new who-gives characters but Dorothy and her henchmen were generic baddies. I was gonna give it 2 stars but I think I've convinced myself down to 1. Maybe the next book will be better since Amy has graduated out of bootcamp.

Jun 30, 2016

This was an interesting take on the world of Oz.

However, I didn't love it. I will definitely read the rest of the series, but I don't know if I'll be rushing to pick up the next one

black_cat_1378 Jun 20, 2015

I would've given it 5 stars, but it felt so dragged out. I was expecting Dorothy to be dead at the end of this book. I will still read the sequel, The Wicked will Rise, to see the outcome and what happens with Amy Gumm.

Diell Jan 16, 2015

lots of fun, not silly, well written, just wish the following books were on paper because I want more.

Aug 20, 2014

I really enjoyed this one. It was exciting and I really like the character of Amy. I like how it messed with the Wizard of Oz story we know. my only Complaint was all that stuff about stealing the Scarecrows brain and that stuff did not occur till the very end of the story

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Jul 01, 2016

Amy Gumm is the other girl from Kansas. When a tornado sweeps up her trailer and dumps it in Oz, Amy realizes that the books don't tell you the who story.

Something is wrong in Oz. Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may actually be trustworthy, and the winged monkey can be executed for rebellion. Dorothy made it out of Oz, but then she came back. She seized power and has started to corrupt Oz. No one is safe.

Amy gets recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. And she's given a mission:
-REMOVE the Tin Woodman's Heart
-STEAL the Scarecrow's Brain -TAKE the Lion's courage and then: Dorothy Must Die

Jun 20, 2016

Amy Gumm wants to leave Dusty Acres, Kansas. She doesn’t like the people she goes to school with, she doesn’t like where she lives, and she doesn’t like the woman her mother has become. All of a sudden, Amy’s trailer home gets swept away by a tornado. Where does her trailer land? In Oz of course! Except not the Oz we all know and love - this Oz has changed, and not for the better. Good witches are bad and bad witches are good. The sky is always dull, the yellow brick road is run down, and there is little magic left in Oz. Who is responsible for all this destruction? Dorothy! When Amy meets the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, they tell her all she must know about Oz; that Dorothy must die.

Unique_543 Dec 27, 2014

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.

What happened? 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, and I've been given a mission:

The Tin Woodman's heart,

The Scarecrow's brain,

The Lion's courage,

And then—



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Jun 20, 2016

" You want me to Kill Dorothy."

-Amy Gumm; Dorothy Must Die


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