Thursday, May 01, 2014

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1)

When a tornado rips through the flat hills of Kansas, Amy is transported from her miserable life in Kansas, residing in a trailer with her drug addict mother, into the magical world of Oz.  Except Oz is anything but magical and there isn't a lollipop guild in sight. Two years after leaving Oz to return home to Kansas, Dorothy came back set on taking over Oz. It seems as though those magic ruby slippers might have gone to her head. The sweet, innocent Dorothy featured in Baum's classic tale is unrecognizable in this story. In fact, all of the original cast, including the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow and Dorothy have regressed into evil, obsessive shadows of their former selves. The citizens of Oz have been enslaved by Dorothy and her evil henchmen, forced to stand by while Dorothy siphons off all the magic from the lands and enacts strict punishments for the slightest infraction.  

It's not long after Amy's unexpected arrival in Oz before she's made an enemy out of Dorothy. 
But before Dorothy can get her immaculately painted nails into her, she is rescued by a rogue group of witches, known as the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, or the Order for short. The Order is determined to take Dorothy down and they are certain that Amy is just the girl for the mission. In order to get to Dorothy however, she must first go through Dorothy's trio of evil cohorts.  To succeed Amy must take away their most prized possessions, the gifts that started this whole mess.  She must steal back the Tin Woodman's heart, the Lion's courage, and the Scarecrow's brain.  Then, and only then can she take down Dorothy.  

Paige's debut novel takes readers on a wild journey back through the famous yellow brick laden streets of Oz, only this time the line between good and evil has become blurred.  Dorothy Must Die  is not so much a retelling but rather an extension of the original tale with a modern twist. Fans of the classic will enjoy revisiting their favorite characters from the land of Oz, even if they are much darker and twisted in this story.   

For more Wizard of Oz inspired fiction, be sure to check out The Wicked Years series by Gregory Maguire. For other fiction inspired by classic tales, try the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.   

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