Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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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 bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may ...

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Overview

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 bluebirds. 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 a yellow brick road—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.

I've been trained to fight.

And I have a mission.

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You might say that Dorothy of Kansas has (until now at least) led a charmed life. She's survived a cyclone with her beloved dog Toto; been whisked off to Oz where she experienced wonderful adventures; then returned to her Midwest family and become the subject of numerous books, film, and stage tributes. But now she gets her comeuppance. Another girl from Kansas has heard that success has spoiled Dorothy and transformed the former farm girl into an Oz tyrant; and feisty Amy Gumm refuses to sit by passively on the sidelines: She's headed to the Emerald City to wreak unholy revenge. The first of a revisionist series worthy of raves.

School Library Journal
04/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—In this edgy update of Frank L. Baum's Wizard of Oz, Kansas teen Amy Gumm gets sucked into a complex assassination plot to dethrone the megalomaniac and magic addict Dorothy. Oz is no longer the cheerful Technicolor world made popular by the Judy Garland—starring film, and it has been drained of its fairy-tale glimmer by the red shoe—wearing despot and her crew of twisted friends. The Scarecrow, the Tin Man, Glinda, and the Lion all make horrific appearances, and characters from Baum's original are also highlighted in this grim and gory take. Roles are reversed as good and evil witches band together in the revolutionary group of the Wicked to train Amy to kill Dorothy. Debut author Paige doesn't hold back in this fast-paced action novel, and the body count mounts as the tale progresses. Leaps of logic distract from the overall story, and choppy language overwhelms at times, but teens will identify with the heroine's insecurities and feelings of abandonment caused by her parents' divorce and her mother's subsequent drug abuse. The tentative relationship that begins with one of her tutors seems a bit tacked on but will hopefully be developed more in future installments. Plot twists will keep readers guessing, and Amy's affinity to her pet mouse Star will garner some chuckles. Give this cinematic upper-YA novel to fans of A. G. Howard's Splintered (Abrams, 2012), Frank Beddor's Looking Glass Wars (Dial, 2006), and TV shows such as Once Upon a Time and Grimm.—Shelley Diaz, School Library Journal
Publishers Weekly
04/14/2014
A former writer for television, Paige makes her YA debut with this edgy update of Baum's classic series. When Kansas teenager Amy Gumm is carried away by a tornado, she arrives in a nightmarish version of Oz. The Scarecrow is a mad scientist, the Tin Woodman a sadistic military commander, the Cowardly Lion a ravenous beast, and Dorothy a vainglorious tyrant obsessed with stealing the land's magic and enslaving its people. After being thrown in prison for breaking the rules, Amy is rescued by the witches of the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, who train her in magic and combat, and charge her with a singular mission: kill Dorothy—a near-suicidal task requiring her to go undercover in the Emerald City. While Oz purists may howl with outrage over the subversion of a childhood favorite—with some characters meeting gruesome ends—Paige delivers a solid, intense, and strange narrative that draws deeply on its source material. However, the lengthy buildup and abrupt ending make this installment feel like setup for the planned subsequent novels. A Full Fathom Five property. Ages 14–up. (Apr.)
USA Today
“Gone are the days of rainbows, Lollipop Guilds and pretty much anything to sing about in a major key. For those willing to go on a quest with a heroine more attuned to our times than the Dust Bowl era, there’s no place like it.”
ALA Booklist
“Paige has spirited readers back to The Wizard of Oz. It’s a classic made more sinister.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“[Dorothy Must Die] strikes a similar tone to Marisa Meyer’s Cinder series, with its blend of fantasy, humor, and horror, and it will likely inspire fans of that series to make their way to the Emerald City.”
Nerdist.com
“Dorothy Must Die is kind of the ultimate in girl-powered literature. You’ve got empowered heroines, sure, but Paige also conjures a formidable villainess in Dorothy and some manipulative lady revolutionaries. Here, women and girls are allowed to be anything. This really is a woman’s world.”
VOYA, June 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 2) - Richard Vigdor
Forced to take care of her alcoholic mother, Amy Gumm skips childhood and immediately becomes an adult. At school, no one accepts her, referring to her as Salvation Amy, the girl who lives in the trailer park. Just when she thinks she cannot take any more ridicule, her life completely changes. A tornado twists through her small Kansas town and whisks her trailer off to Oz. Amy quickly learns the real Oz is a dark place, full of greed and corruption. Dorothy controls all of Oz, using all the beloved characters as her evil enforcers. Amy’s arrival to Oz is not an accident; someone chose her to rid the country of Dorothy and, in turn, save Oz from certain destruction. Paige’s dystopian Land of Oz is devoid of essential elements needed in a successful fantasy world. Magic in Oz seems limitless, causing the reader to question several plot decisions. Amy meets new characters in Oz that do not quite fit into the overall story. Even the reimagined characters appear to be missing something. This new Oz represents a shell of the original. Strewn throughout the story, profanity is used with the intention to better develop some characters. However, its overuse deters the reader from forming any type of bond with the characters. There are far more engaging stories to spend an afternoon with than Dorothy Must Die. Reviewer: Richard Vigdor; Ages 15 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-03
When a cyclone deposits a 21st-century Kansas teen in Oz, she and readers discover there've been some changes made. Dirt-poor "Salvation Amy" Gumm lives in a trailer park, effectively parenting her alcoholic mom (her dad ran off years ago), who seems to care more about her pet rat, Star, than her daughter. That doesn't mean Amy is eager to be in Oz, particularly this Oz. Tyrannized by a megalomaniacal Dorothy and mined of its magic, it's a dystopian distortion of the paradise Baum and MGM depicted. In short order, Amy breaks the wholly capricious laws and is thrown into a cell in the Emerald City with only Star for company. There, she's visited first by the mysterious but sympathetic Pete and then by the witch Mombi, who breaks her out and takes her to the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked (among whom is the very hot Nox). Amy may well be the salvation of Oz—only someone from the Other Place can take Dorothy down. Paige has clearly had the time of her life with this reboot, taking a dystopian-romance template and laying it over Oz. Readers of Baum's books will take special delight in seeing new twists on the old characters, and they will greet the surprise climactic turnabout with the smugness of insiders. In the end, it's just another violent dystopian series opener for all its yellow-brick veneer, but it's a whole lot more fun than many of its ilk. (Dystopian fantasy. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062280695
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Series: Dorothy Must Die Series , #1
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 4,757
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Danielle Paige is a graduate of Columbia University and currently lives in New York City. Before turning to young adult literature, she worked in television industry, where she received a Writers Guild of America award and was nominated for several Daytime Emmys. You can follow her on Twitter @daniellempaige.

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  • Posted April 4, 2014

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    Thank you to the publisher for this ARC! This book is a wickedly

    Thank you to the publisher for this ARC!
    This book is a wickedly good twist on a classic tale we all love and thought we knew! When I began reading Dorothy Must Die I was hooked from page 1! The story grabbed me and quickly began unfolding. Having seen the original movie numerous times I was very familiar with the story. It was intriguing to watch this wicked twist on the classic tale unfold. 
    The premise here is that a young lady, Amy Gumm, from Kansas is transported to Oz where everything we thought we knew about Oz is backwards. What is good is bad and what is bad is good. According to the history of Oz, Dorothy returned years later and is now wreaking havoc on the land. Amy Gumm is enlisted by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked to help take down Dorothy and bring peace to their land once again. It is interesting to see the story unfold as Amy Gumm as not your average hero. She is the odd ball out in school, is bullied, and picked on while having a mother who cares more about alcohol than her own daughter anymore. I love seeing her character develop throughout the story. There are numerous parts where you can definitely relate to her and are rooting for her to succeed. 
    I love the author's writing style as well. It is simply fantastic! Each scene is described in great as Danielle Paige carefully weaves the intricacy of the scene into the novel without bogging down the reader with unneeded wordiness. The characters are described in much the same way allowing the reader to form a fantasy picture in their mind and play out the story like a movie. I loved how the characters were introduced as well. It was very much like you, the reader, were meeting them yourself. As we were introduced to some of the characters suspense abounded. Dorothy definitely took me by surprise as Paige describes her as a dark character that you have to read about to believe. 
    Page after page in this novel took me by surprise as I simultaneously thought about the classic tale. I loved how the story unfolded and the suspense that kept coming with each chapter. The ending arrived and it left me screaming for book 2! The last 20 pages were so fast paced I had no idea what was going on and then..boom! the story made an abrupt turn. Absolutely stellar! Danielle Paige created a wickedly good twist on tale we all know and love. Can't wait to read more by her! Keep them coming! 4/5 stars.  

    20 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2014

    I found a lot of negativity surrounding this book but I really e

    I found a lot of negativity surrounding this book but I really enjoyed it.  I like stories that take a familiar backdrop and create a new adventure.  I would recommend this to read.  It was entertaining!

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2014

    This book had  a lot of potential, until the author got greedy.

    This book had  a lot of potential, until the author got greedy.  Nothing is ever mentioned about this being part of a series, until you get to the end and it cuts off like a car crash.  There are some interesting parts in the book, but the horribly stunted ending is rushed and unsatisfying, and turns the entire book into a sub-par read.  Sneaky authors beware:  it isn't nice to take a book and just chop it in half so you can make us buy 2 books instead of 1.  This Is the first book in my life, out of hundreds that I've bought in the past decades,  that I have ever considered returning.  Or burning.  Ms. Paige, next time please consider doing things the right way, not the fast one.

    9 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2014

    JUST ANOTHER RAPE OF A CLASSIC TALE

    It's a pity that some writers, unable to create interesting fictional worlds of their own, thereupon turn to desecrating the worlds of others. Oz has fallen victim to this hackery more than other worlds, likely due to its aura of innocence; destroying such innocence is what some authors deem as entertainment, apparently. In truth, it would probably take a great deal of talent and imagination to expand upon L. Frank Baum's universe while retaining its whimsical innocence; it's telling that the author of this book instead chooses to corrupt it. Sad. This is a lousy book that merely imitates other desecrations of Oz, and is a prime example of the tragic things that can happen when a classic work falls out of copyright and enters the public domain. What's next - a retelling of J.K. Rowling's books, starring an evil Harry Pottet?

    8 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    Delectable read

    This book is truly splendid

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2014

    The heroine was supposed to be strong and quick-witted. Most of

    The heroine was supposed to be strong and quick-witted.
    Most of her comments fell flat and weren't all that clever. 
    She made several decisions that didn't make any sense.
    She went against advice and did things that pointlessly endangered all she had worked for.
    Other times, she hesitated when it was crucial that she acted to fulfill her mission.
    The novel didn't move at a quick, exciting pace. 
    It moved at a fast, almost dizzying pace. 
    The novel ended abruptly and was very unsatisfying.
    I am seriously considering returning it.
    I cannot recommend it.

    If you'll notice, at the time of this review, it has 1 & 2 star ratings or 4 & 5 star ratings.
    Readers either hated it or loved it.
    I hated it.

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2014

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    So, if you know me then you know how much I¿m a big fan a classi

    So, if you know me then you know how much I’m a big fan a classics. In fact, when I was a little girl, I adored The Wizard Of Oz. I remember ABC even doing a special on it and how excited I was to watch it. Now, when this little pretty fell into my hands, I knew I was in for an adventure.

    Plot: This plot is simple. This is based on The Wizard Of Oz. So if you know they classic, then this book will be easy to follow. I really enjoyed how the story had similar situations just like the classic did but with a twist. The plot twist in this book gives the story it uniqueness. Once I got a feel for the main character and the plot, it was so easy to fall into and enjoy.

    Dorothy/Amy: One thing I love about this story is how well-rounded Amy is. Amy is not your typical gal either. She comes from this rough life of property and missing parents. To see her become herself with the story, to overcome many of her fears is amazing. The author does a great job in creating this weak…yet strong voice for Amy. She has a growth in the story that just pushes the reader to see more.

    Ending: With all that is happening in the story, Amy has a lot to accomplish. I like that not every part of the story is given away at once. The reader is given pieces of it to revel in, yet it also makes the reader more intune with the characters. Make sense? The ending comes together beautifully and I can not wait to see what the next book has to offer.

    Like many other re-tales, Dorothy Must Die begins with a bang. Lots of action and drama, Dorothy Must Die is an rousing adventure that is pleasing to the readers. Powered with a freshly written perspective, Dorothy Must Die is awesome!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    Read this, then read Hector's Juice!

    Read this, then read Hector's Juice!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2014

    I love it!!!!!!!

    This book is so awesome. I love how the author is not afraid to totally change the dorothy we know. It is such a great book. Everyone should read it!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2014

    Good but has bad words

    Ok. But has lots of bad words

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2014

    AMAZING!!!

    I absolutely loved this book, the main character was interesting and totally different from all others because of her attitude and situation, etc.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2014

    Tornado? Yellow brick road? Flying monkeys?  Count me in!  When

    Tornado? Yellow brick road? Flying monkeys? 
    Count me in! 

    When I first saw this book I was a little hesitant. I'm not a big fan of fairy tale retelling's which is what I thought this was.
    Boy was I wrong. Not only is it anything but a 'retelling' but the way that Danielle Paige weaves this story it feels like it's the way
    it was suppose to happen all along. 

    The Wizard of Oz was always a favorite movie of mine, ever since I was little I've loved Judy Garland, for me my favorite part of the movie
    was when the dull, black and white screen is suddenly filled with vibrant bursts of color. The road, the slippers the different colored
    horses all make up my favorite parts. 

    Now imagine Amy Gumm's life. Her life is less then note worthy. Her mother is a not so functioning alcoholic, her father is off with his
    new family, and Amy just got into a fight with a pregnant girl from her school. But when she is suddenly scooped up and dumped in
    the middle of Oz by a tornado she doesn't get the adventure that Dorothy got nor does she get the happy ending. The screen isn't filled
    with bright colors and the only place the yellow brick road leads is imminent death.

    Along the way Amy runs into a handful of characters, some good, some bad, all completely unique. 
    Amy is quickly recruited to take down the person who has turned Oz into a, for lack of a better description, hell hole. 

    With the help of her pet rat, a wingless monkey and some wickedly unforgettable witches Amy must find herself in order to
    kill Dorothy and save Oz.                          GingerReader22

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2014

    The concept of the book is what drew me in, and I liked the firs

    The concept of the book is what drew me in, and I liked the first 90% of the book; however, anyone who says this is fantastic clearly hasn't read the book from cover to cover. The book builds this hero in Amy and in the end it just STOPS. I was so disappointed in that! Not sure if there is a sequel to it, but it seems like there could have easily been much more to the story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2014

    What a book. Loved every page of it--the writing is stellar and

    What a book. Loved every page of it--the writing is stellar and the book is just so much fun! 

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    Amazing!

    Totally worth your money!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2014

    I loved this book. It kept me reading the whole time. I loved th

    I loved this book. It kept me reading the whole time. I loved the twist on the classic tale especially when I'm not a big fan of the original story to begin with. When I was reading the reviews I think the author got what I feel was intended. They strive to get reactions from the reader throughout the whole story. I got mad at someone of the decisions but to me that's what keeps a book interesting instead of being so flat. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2014

    intersting take..

    interesting take on the f l baum story, and started out great, but fizzled at the end to me.

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  • Posted September 18, 2014

    What started off as a jumble of characters attempting to surviv

    What started off as a jumble of characters attempting to survive in Dorothy's horror story that is Oz, ends up being an action packed adventure that I couldn't put down!

    Plot: Amy Gumm is what the other girls call "trailer park trash;" one day while her mom is out getting her fix, Amy and her pet rat, Star, are swept away to the fictional Oz. The beginning of the novel seemed a bit...off. We start off with Amy commenting on her social life and the Queen B of the school, her mom's additions, and then we are in Oz. I kind of felt like I was in a roller coaster with the pacing of this story: one moment we are getting character development, then we are rushing through Oz, and then we have a love story (kind of), then we're at the end of the first installment. Throughout this novel, I was set on a firm 3.5 because of the pacing, but the ending made me reconsider and give it a 4. That being said, Dorothy Must Die is a creative story that isn't afraid to hold back. I love dark and creepy writing, but some of the descriptions of killings and amputations made me grimace.

    Characters: Dorothy Must Die is told from Amy's perspective, this allows us, the reader, to experience Oz firsthand through her eyes, and it is gruesome. Amy is joined by a large cast of characters, like a lot of characters. In the beginning, I thought that too many were being introduced, but they all tied in together in the end. There was a hint regarding romance between Dorothy and a fellow resistance leader, but I wasn't too interested in it. This time, the story trumped the love story which was a good thing because I was more interested in Dorothy's dark and twisted ways. My favorite characters would have to be Dorothy friends: The Scarecrow, The Cowardly Lion, and The Tin Man.. Their personalities and appearances were nothing like you remember from the movie. From mauling to sword hands, they are the things my nightmares are made of.

    Setting: The World of Oz gets a five out of five from me. Ms. Paige does an excellent job articulating that this is not your normal Oz; the land is barren and the citizens live in terror. Everything in Oz is described with such vivid imagery that is all thanks to the author's beautiful writing style.

    Short N Sweet: This imaginative "sequel" to The Wizard of Oz will have you hold your breath, grimace, and cringe until the wicked witch is dead. The only thing keeping this novel from being a five-star rating is its pacing in the beginning.

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    Posted September 6, 2014

      

      

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  • Posted September 5, 2014

    Amy is a girl with a less than stellar life in her little Dusty

    Amy is a girl with a less than stellar life in her little Dusty Acres trailer park in Kansas.  That is, until a tornado picks up her and her mother’s pet rat and unceremoniously deposits them in Oz.  Of course, every girl from Kansas knows the story of Oz, and Amy is more than a little shocked to discover that it is nothing like the beloved movie of her childhood.

    Believe me, this book is the last thing you want to pick up if you’re looking for a feel-good story featuring Dorothy and Toto.  This is a brutal story with violence that will churn your stomach and quite possibly give you nightmares.  And yet, it is intensely enjoyable and loyal to the lore of Oz created by Frank L. Baum.  Purists may or may not like it depending on their stomach constitution.

    For my part, I loved it.  Amy and Knox are excellent characters you want to know more about, though in this first book of the series, Knox remains for the most part a mystery.  While there is some romance, the author has chosen to make us wait for it to be more than a feeling in the background.  Along with Knox, there is a cast of other fascinating characters who play into the current political climate of Oz and leave you wanting more.

    Unfortunately, we all have to wait for that more.  This was a good set-up to the series, giving us a background without any resolution whatsoever.  It left us with nothing but questions and the suspicion that nothing is what it seems.  I recommend it for those who like their Oz mixed with some horror and gore.

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