Dorothy Must Die

Dorothy Must Die

Book - 2014
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DataBender
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.

IPL_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.

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ADWithrow
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.

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red_wolf_893
Sep 13, 2016

If you loved or still love the Wizard of Oz, then this book might change that a little. SPOILER: Dorothy does not dye. There are many more of books in the series, so Dorothy probably doesn't dye.

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mayahe
Aug 22, 2016

Wasn't a huge fan of this book. Its pretty boring. It dragged on, I won't recommend it.

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Chelsea016
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.

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BUNBUN1978
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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palaminopony
Aug 16, 2014

“Dorothy Must Die” is a dark fantasy novel based in the world of Oz. After the events of Frank L Baum’s ‘The Wizard of Oz’, Dorothy Gale has returned to Oz. She is now a dictator, and is destroying Oz. Cue the entrance of Amy, a teen girl who happens to find herself trapped in Oz. Amy is recruited by the Wicked Witches and is tasked with killing Dorothy, as it is the only way to stop her. Along with a colorful cast of characters, Amy sets off on a seemingly impossible journey.

“Dorothy Must Die” is an amazing read. Unlike many other adaptions of classic tales, this novel has made good use of pre-made characters and worlds. Despite using Oz, Dorothy, and other classic characters, “Dorothy Must Die” still feels like its own, unique novel. The new characters that have been brought in are well written and fit into Oz, and are not ‘copies’ of previously existing characters. The new, decrepit Oz is creative and interesting, and the plot is thoughtful and entertaining. While the novel does have a very abrupt ending, it leaves the reader with a desire to read the other upcoming books in the series. There are never any slow or dull moments in this novel, which prevents readers from becoming bored. “Dorothy Must Die” does a wonderful job of blending fantasy, horror, and adventure too, giving it a unique storyline.

Overall, the author of this review highly recommends “Dorothy Must Die”. It is an intelligent, wonderful novel that will enthrall readers. Due to mild mature themes, this novel is suitable for ages fourteen and up.

claralex800 Aug 11, 2014

This was actually a really good book. It answers the question most people ask when they finish a book "what happens next?". In this case Dorothy becomes a murderous diva with an addiction problem (I won't tell you to what), the 'Wicked' witches become the good guys and plastic 'surgery' is prevalent in the Emerald city. That last bit was a joke.
I found parts of this book funny but those parts were far outnumbered by the descriptions that were downright disturbing. It's not for anyone who gets horrific nightmares and definitely not for kids.

Black_Horse_55 Jul 24, 2014

This book was a phenomenal spin off of the Wizard of Oz! I highly recommend it, if you love the wizard of oz!

Dimmu16 Jul 06, 2014

I found this book really interesting and very worth it.

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cynthia94066
Jun 25, 2014

Very entertaining but she leaves it on a complete cliffhanger! Very frustrating.

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GingerKaren
May 28, 2014

This is not the story about a girl named Dorothy who has captured our imagination and heart for over 100 years. This is not Wicked. This is just bad.

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jkovacs
May 20, 2014

As an adult who enjoys YA I liked this book. I hadn't read any other reviews,so I wasn't expecting it to be the first in a series. The pace was sometimes slow, but still enjoyable. Amy is a likeable character and I found myself pulling for her to complete her mission. Dorothy's Oz is full of deceit and unsavory characters. Will be interesting to see the series come together.

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tink05
May 09, 2014

The book itself was a slow read at times. Not to mention it wasn't all I thought it was going to be. But in the end it was a decent read. At the end you can almost guarantee there will be 2 or 3 more books in the series. Another part of you wouldn't help but want this to be turned into a show or movie just to see how messed up the tin man, scarecrow, and lion can be.


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