Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die Series #1)

Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die Series #1)

by Danielle Paige


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The New York Times bestselling first book in a dark new series that reimagines the Oz saga, from debut author Danielle Paige.

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 a road of yellow brick—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: Remove the Tin Woodman's heart. Steal the Scarecrow's brain. Take the Lion's courage. And—Dorothy must die.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062280688
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/31/2015
Series: Dorothy Must Die Series , #1
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 48,949
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.08(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Danielle Paige is a graduate of Columbia University and the author of the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series. Before turning to young adult literature, she worked in the television industry, where she received a Writers Guild of America Award and was nominated for several Daytime Emmys. She currently lives in New York City.

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Dorothy Must Die 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 154 reviews.
CNUcrazy09 More than 1 year ago
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.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is truly splendid
joyT More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where do I even begin? I was so happy to finally have a chance to read this book, being a huge fan of anything Oz. Now, don't get my wrong, I didn't expect the same cookie cutter story we have all heard before, but I must say I truly expected something MUCH better than this trash. Perhaps the most annoying attribute of this story was the lack of consistency and focus to details the author tried to pull from the original stories. In the beginning of the book, she states Amy saw the movie with her Mom and they always loved it. Yet, the book focuses on details that were never in the movie, but in the actual book series. So tell me, if Amy only saw the movie and never read the Oz series, how the heck did she know so much about what was going on in Oz when so much was left OUT of the movie? A few examples: 1) when Amy first gets to Oz, she sees a statue a Dorothy with silver shoes (which she had in the books) but when she meets Dorothy, she has ruby slippers like in the movie. 2) She refers to the man of tin as The Tin Woodsman, than later continues to call him the Tin Woodman (lacking the s). However, we was only called this in the books, NOT the movie. 3) Amy seems to know all the different areas of Oz. Again, these are mentioned in the original books, NOT the movie. The second high ranking annoying issue I found with this story was the use of foul language. Now, don't get me wrong, I am not against using strong language in literature AT ALL. However, when an author just uses it for the sake of looking "edgy" or "cool" to her reads, it reflects her as immature. Examples: 1) The mouthy gothic munchkin who liked to drop f-bombs 2) Sassy Amy and Dorothy throwing around the "female dog word. There was really not necessity for this language in the text, and if anything, it distracted me from what I was supposed to be focusing on. Instead of keeping my mind to the details, I was trying to figure out why she used foul language when it wasn't needed. Overall, I felt this story had a complete lack of direction; events occurring in random order, characters coming and going to no real purpose, and conversations between characters rendering completely pointless. I found none of the characters likable, and I was never able to truly visualize any of the characters or settings appearances. Overall, I will not be recommending this book to any of my fellow readers. Furthermore, I highly doubt I will ever read any further installments in this series.
MNG More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I decided to read the book because it was the serial reads through B&N Readouts and it was different from what I normally read....I'm so glad I did....This book had none stop action and lots of twists and turns...I literally couldn't wait til the next day for them to release the next chapter so I bought it and finished it the same night....I can't wait to start on the next book.... J.M.M
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This Dorothy must die book is to die for i love it. it has that twist that makes it grasp. i cant wait to read 2 and 3 and the prequel novellas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I absolutely recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the story line and the events. But, It is poorly written.. which Kind of bummed me out because I was so excited to read the series..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book deserves 5 stars! Out of all the amazing series I've read - Hush, Hush, Fallen, Twilight, Shiver - this is by far the best I have read! For Wizard of Oz fans, author Danielle Paige does an exceptional job of incorporating the Oz we know with an amazing twist. Phenomenal characters, great twists! You'll be flipping the pages like there's no tomorrow!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Serial. Another nook rook book. Sorry to say wont read the end or others cheated and read last chapter while i dont care for the dark side it was well written and seems she had read more than one oz book such as ozma of oz but i dont read serials because it cheats the reader. You can have a series but serials belong to soaps and magazines
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unimaginative and predictable. I found the writing to be childish and the speckling of vulgarities just made the entire narrative uncomfortable. The story simply stops at the end. It's not finished, but there isn't anything to look forward to either.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book, the main character was interesting and totally different from all others because of her attitude and situation, etc.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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Hi annie hi becca
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply truly amazing I couldn’t put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige is a must read for all dystopian-fantasy book lovers. Dorothy Must Die is a story after The Wizard of Oz and takes place after Dorothy leaves and Oz and returns to seize control of the magical world. The book is in the point of view of a 16- year-old named Amy Gumm who is also from Kansas and iconically whisked away to the magical world of Oz in a tornado. But the Oz that she comes to is not the same as the movie or the book- the once joyful and colorful place that was overrun with new and exciting things is now a barren and fear stricken society ran by Dorothy herself. Amy meets a group called The Order and with their help, she has to go undercover in the Emerald Palace as one of Dorothy’s servants to kill her and end Oz’s misery. But it is not an easy quest, as Dorothy still has her faithful companions alongside her: the Lion, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and Glinda who have all been gruesomely changed by their magic and greed making them no longer the sweet and caring characters we knew once upon a time. Now they are viscous and willing to do anything to ensure that Dorothy remains in control. With the fate of Oz resting in her hands, Amy must conform to the stressful and unpredicting life of a palace maid till she can complete her quest and save the people of Oz- that is if her cover doesn’t get blown and she gets killed before she can. I thoroughly enjoyed this book beginning to end. The way that Paige depicts the main character makes it seem closer to home, like the book is less of a story and more of something that could actually happen. The transition in which Amy undergoes throughout the book is truly human, she is not special or magic she is just a simple Kansas girl with a tough home life. I really liked how the author made her like that because it creates a connection between the reader and the character- although I cannot go to Oz myself and save it, I could relate to Amy because she was a high schooler trying to fit in and deal with everyday struggles. It was also wonderful to read about something so familiar in a whole new point of view. The movie The Wizard of Oz is so magic and breathtaking, and then you read something like this and it takes a whole new turn to the story. Although it was written in more of a dystopian style where there are no happy endings and everything doesn’t work out all the time, it was an incredible experience to go into the author’s imagination. She clearly describes all the characters throughout the book to the point where they burn a crisp image into your head, and everytime they are mentioned in the book, you can’t help but envision it like a movie. I would one hundred percent recommend this book to anyone. It is an incredible read that you can’t put down and will keep you on the edge of your seat. And it is part of a series so the fun doesn’t stop here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never expected this type of story where all the good guys turned bad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a good twist on what happens after Dorothy returns to oz
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and very interesting spin on the Wizard of Oz story line.