Title: Dorthy Must Die
Author: Danielle Paige
Published by: HarperCollins; Reprint edition
Publication date: April 1, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Adventure, Retelling
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
I usually finish books. Even if I don't love where the story is going, or the characters annoy me, I tend to see it through. I started Danielle Paige's Dorthy Must Die knowing it was going to be a different kind of story. That Oz would be different, the wicked would be good, and a new power-hungry Dorthy would need to be put in her place, or, you know....die. Sadly, this is my first DNF (did not finish) in a long time.
While Amy is a battered character and you want to see her rise from the ashes of her life, she wasn't enough to keep me interested. Yes, there is a punk munchkin with tattoo sleeves and a dirty mouth, and a studious flying monkey with his wings ripped off - interesting characters, but ones that were not replacing the loss of the Tin Man and Scarecrow. I was sad when these characters appeared totally changed for the worse. When Glinda appears as a creepy, Stepford Wife-like slave driver, I thought, "Well, that's too bad." But when I finally met Dorothy (said like a dirty word), her french maid get-up and hooker ruby slippers were just too much. I didn't read any further.
Maybe I was in the wrong mood, but it was too cynical for me. I don't feel like I can give a recommendation for this book since I didn't finish, but here is a list of content to the point I stopped reading.
Language – Heavy – multiple f-words and other language
Drugs & Alcohol— Amy's mother is a drug addict
Sex – None
Violence – There's melting, acidic bubbles, characters nailed to posts, some hand to hand combat
I read a lot. I'm a Mom. I'm officially in my 30s, but strangers often don't believe I'm old enough to drink. I love Young Adult fiction, and thought it was worthwhile to help teens and adults find age-appropriate options.