Danielle Paige’s book Dorothy Must Die is a dark and twisted adaptation of the Wizard of Oz story. Amy hasn’t had the easiest life in Kansas. She lives with her indifferent addict of a mother in the trailer park and is often bullied at school. However she is making plans to leave her small town for bigger and better thins, she just didn’t realize it would come so soon rather than later. Sucked up into a huge tornado Amy finds herself dumped into the land of OZ – yep it really does exist. This is the not the fun, bright and whimsical Oz that Dorothy found herself in. This is the magic being brutally mined from the ground, flying monkey’s being tortured, munchkins forced into indenture servitude Oz and Amy learns that Dorothy must die.
I really liked this story. I am going to begin by saying, I am not a Wizard of Oz fan – at all. However I was so intrigued by the name and premise that I had to read this book. Paige’s interpretations of all our beloved favorites like the cowardly lion, scarecrow and tinman were terrifying and imaginative. I could feel the tinman’s sharp knives and I could feel the lions teeth. I found myself mesmerized by Paige’s descriptions. There were moments of intense creepiness, but they were so well done that I had to keep reading. I also liked Amy. She is witty, sarcastic and has a little spunk about her. A reluctant hero she might be, but once she decides to commit to the cause she does it with her whole being – regardless of the cost to herself. If you are looking for a new read that is dark and edgy that also has great characters this is the book to read.