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Title:
Dorothy must die
ISBN:
9780062354051

9781483003054

9781483003061
Edition:
Unabridged.
Publication:
[United States] : HarperCollins Publishers, [2014]
Physical Description:
11 audio discs (14 1/4 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Number in series:
1.
General Note:
Title from container.

Compact discs.

Duration: 14:15:00.
Summary:
Oz has turned into a savage dystopia under Dorothy₂s rule. Now a new girl from Kansas must take her down, and her name is Amy Gumm.
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Summary

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.


Author Notes

Danielle Paige graduated from Columbia University. She worked in the television industry, where she received a Writers Guild of America Award and was nominated for several Daytime Emmys.

Paige is the author of the best-selling title Dorothy Must Die and its digital prequel novellas, No Place Like Oz, The Witch Must Burn, and Yellow Brick War.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Horn Book Review

A tornado deposits misfit teen Amy Gumm's Kansas trailer home in Oz, but this is not the storybook Oz. Dorothy has become a power-hungry, magic-stealing evil princess, and, according to the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, only Amy can stop her. Amy's believable character development and the inventive spin on Baum's famous world propel this entertaining first series installment. (c) Copyright 2014. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

Amy Gumm thought life was tough in the trailer park with her druggie, depressed mother and the mean girls in school. But that was before before she was carried to Oz by a tornado, before she was rescued by a series of strange individuals, and before she was instructed, Dorothy must die. Sweet Dorothy returned to Oz only to rule it with an evil, greedy hand, gradually stealing all its magic for herself. Amy, also from Kansas and arriving on a tornado, has to reverse the earthling's power by killing her. Paige has spirited readers back to The Wizard of Oz, fracturing the already strange classic by having good and wicked witches exchange places, amputating the flying monkeys' wings, and creating a fear-eating lion, a nefarious Dr. Jekyll scarecrow, and a vicious tin soldier. Amy's assignment? Navigate through magical defenses, while struggling with her own values of good and evil, to get to Dorothy. It's a classic made more sinister and will be continued in a subsequent volume.--Bradburn, Frances Copyright 2014 Booklist