The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die Series #2)

The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die Series #2)

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by Danielle Paige

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In this New York Times bestselling sequel to Dorothy Must Die, who is good—and who is actually Wicked? The Wicked Will Rise is perfect for fans of richly reimagined fairy tales and classic tales like Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles and Gregory Maguire’s Wicked.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the

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In this New York Times bestselling sequel to Dorothy Must Die, who is good—and who is actually Wicked? The Wicked Will Rise is perfect for fans of richly reimagined fairy tales and classic tales like Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles and Gregory Maguire’s Wicked.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas. After a tornado swept through my trailer park, I ended up in Oz. But it wasn’t like the Oz I knew from books and movies. Dorothy had returned, but she was now a ruthless dictator. Glinda could no longer be called the Good Witch. And the Wicked Witches who were left? They’d joined forces as the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, and they wanted to recruit me.

My mission? Kill Dorothy. Except my job as assassin didn’t work out as planned. Dorothy is still alive. The Order has vanished. And the home I couldn’t wait to leave behind might be in danger.

Somehow, across a twisted and divided land, I have to find the Order, protect the true ruler of Oz, take Dorothy and her henchmen down—and try to figure out what I’m really doing here.

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Editorial Reviews

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.”
“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.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Paige is creating a rather brilliantly twisted version of the familiar world of Oz.”
“Paige has embellished upon the original Wizard of Oz story to create a completely new, even more bizarre Oz and cast of characters. Her world building is fascinating.”
Teen Vogue
“The Wizard of Oz as you’ve never seen it.”
Huffington Post
“For anyone who likes a good story turned on its head, Dorothy Must Die is a must-read.”'s "Best YA Books of 2015 (So Far!)"
“This sequel doesn’t lose its momentum one bit…you’ll be begging for book three.”
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Still reeling from the events of Dorothy Must Die (HarperCollins, 2014), Amy Gumm is separated from her WICKED cohorts, including her would-be love interest, Nox the warlock. Having failed at assassinating evil Dorothy, the Kansas teen sets out on a quest to collect the Lion's courage and the Scarecrow's brains—magical items the Wizard has assured her will be Dorothy's undoing. With a semilucid Queen Ozma in tow, Amy travels to the Queendom of the Wingless Monkeys and the land of the Rainbows, making new allies while learning how to use her growing dark, witchy powers. When choosing between the greater good and saving her loved ones, the antiheroine realistically falters, giving this YA title believable heft. Action-packed scenes and snappy dialogue continue to amp the pace, and the body count mounts quickly, giving readers not much time or space to mourn for supposedly dear characters. An interesting take on sexuality and gender identity elevates the narrative, but inconsistent characterization, leaps of logic, and choppy text sometimes mar the reading experience. Still, a mysterious and nefarious connection to Kansas as the possible root of dark magic in Oz will have teens anxious for the next installment. VERDICT A cinematic work that Oz purists will balk at but reluctant readers will devour.—Shelley Diaz, School Library Journal

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Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Dorothy Must Die Series, #2
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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The Wicked Will Rise 4 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this series. I suggest reading the novellas first. The only thing I dont like is the cursing in the book. Almost like the author is trying to hard to be "hip". But the storyline is great!
juliamiddletwin More than 1 year ago
I am in love with this series! It is very well written. I was on the edge of my seat; I basically read the whole thing in one day. The characters are intriguing and the plot is unpredictable(in a the best way possible). I cannot wait for the third one to come out!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is by far one of my favorites!
Anonymous 17 days ago
Fantastic! This has become one of my favorite series!
SleepDreamWrite 3 months ago
As much as I liked the first one, pacing, MC, story, etc, the sequel isn't that bad. Not as good as the first, but still good all the same. A little shorter but I still find it an enjoyable read. While the pacing was good, there was its share of slow moments which was fine. Writing style was alright and I still like Amy and her character development. The other characters were okay as well. Looking forward to the next one, after that ending.
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I must say, I was pretty disappointed with this book. I absolutely loved the 1st book, Dorothy Must Die. I had a lot of trouble getting into this one & was only able to finish it as quickly as a I did because I wanted to get it over with & read something else. Nothing interesting happened until chapter 18, with only 80 pages left in a 293 page book. I gave it 3 out of 5 stars. The vivid descriptions, plot twist, & cliff hanger at the end are what saved it from a lower rating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish i knew how to explain..... It has lost every emotional aspect, Amy's persona has washed away completely, it was dragging and boring, confusing, ..... the second book seems to be written by a completely different author and from a completely diff series. And i only have the sample. I wish Paige had just finished the first ond without a cliff hanger, because im going to have to stop reading on a negative, cliffhanger note.
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Jcross85 More than 1 year ago
Dorothy Must Die was amazing and kept me wanting to read page after page. This though was not as well put together and the plot just dragged. Very disappointing.
madster-_ More than 1 year ago
Really great book! I recommend that you get the first book "Dorothy must die" overall I love this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like how in this book, more characters from the Oz books were added. Button bright, polychrome, etc. But WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO BUTTON BRIGHT
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dorothy Must Die was an amazing read as I couldn't put it down, and as result, I was expecting the same thing out of The Wicked Will Rise.  I was greatly disappointed.  The book does not even seem to be written by the same author as the characters' dialogue is much different than the dialogue in the first book.  Dorothy's sass and colloquial language is coupled with elaborate vocabulary that I am sure Dorothy would not use in her everyday vernacular.  All of the characters have sass, and it is so overdone.  Not every character has to be a simpleton who reverts to wit. I hope the third book proves to be like the first and not the second.   
chrissycew More than 1 year ago
This is a great series, great read
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a novella, if you could even call it that. The author got lazy! Dorothy must die was excellent but this one was just thrown together, no effort, no imagination, no more for me!
MorrisMorgan More than 1 year ago
I don’t even know where to begin with “The Wicked Will Rise”, but to give you fair warning, this review will include a lot of gushing. Picking up immediately where “Dorothy Must Die” left off, “The Wicked Will Rise” begins with action and only allows you to catch your breath a couple of times in the entire book.  Building on the Oz created by Frank L. Baum, Danielle Paige writes with an obvious love for the source material that shows through in everything addressed in both books of the series.  It manages to be both totally different and familiar at once.  It’s almost as though she has summoned some old magic in the process. There are some new characters appearing in Oz in “The Wicked Will Rise”, along with the return of Amy Gumm.  She’s as tough and hilarious as in the first, and the new ones can be described as wonderful in all ways.  They’re true to the world of fairy tales and could easily become confused with the characters from the original Oz books. I recommend it to everyone who loves Oz and it old enough to handle some scary things, which if we’re being honest, is exactly what real fairy tales contained in the first place.  It’s a lot of fun, a quick read, and will leave you wanting the next one immediately.  No sophomore slump for Danielle Paige in “The Wicked Will Rise”!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great series! But the second book was way to short! I need the next one!
dmoitzh More than 1 year ago
I did not enjoy this book at all. I found it to be very confusing and jumpy in the dialogue as well as the action. I really had been looking forward to reading this second book. As someone who reads several books a week, this was one that I couldn't finish. It was too much effort on my part to read; I hate books like that.
prettynpink25 More than 1 year ago
I was so excited about this book. It was one of my most anticipated books for 2015. This book just dragged for me. Though I didn't enjoy it......I am still looking forward to the 3rd book, because this book ended with a huge cliff hanger.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even bettter than the first one!