Sunday, April 6, 2014

Dorothy Must Die: Review


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 the yellow brick road, though—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.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!


Those who have sacrificed always have the most to lose.

Somebody should've warned me about the awesomeness of this book before I actually picked it up and read it! This is just completely crazy and jaw-dropping. If you don't read this book, you will miss out a lot of fun.

So... the book is called Dorothy Must Die. And anyone who has read The Wizard of Oz before must have a face of WTF?! Dorothy is the ultimate good girl in the original story! Yeah, but this is not The Wizard of Oz. And no, she's far from perfect. And she returns (yes, returns) to Oz, things get crazy, and everything is upside down. Oz is almost destroyed by her hands. And then there's another girl from Kansas, another girl brought to Oz by a tornado called Amy Gumm. She might just be the savior of this place... and the killer of Dorothy.

Everything is upside down in Dorothy Must Die. Oz is destroyed, no longer the haven for magic. Glinda, the Good Witch of the South, is the penultimate bad guy (because Dorothy is the ultimate one). Glamora, however, may just be the good guy. Good and Wicked can't be clearly divided anymore. Good is Wicked, and Wicked is Good (no this is not The Maze Runner). Oz is no longer a place where you know exactly where you stand anymore. It's completely mind-blowing, because you will try very hard to identify which is Good and which is Wicked, but the harder you try, the more difficult it will be. That's the most twisted part of the story, and possibly the best part of it.

Amy Gumm is the protagonist of the story. How I love that girl. She's very smart and intelligent. She can think of ways to dodge the dangers setting right in front her at the very last possible second. I'm so very envious of her because I can never seem to do that. Her wits and sarcasm makes me smile. I always love a snarky girl, and who knows she can outsnark a lot of guys out there? I actually want to be friends with her, just because she's brave and naturally sarcastic.

There are no exact words to describe just how dark this book is. You just have to read it.

Rating: 8.5/10

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