Dorothy Must Die


How did I get it?:
I bought it!


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.


I have been wanting to read Dorothy Must Die for quite some time now, so when Luna picked it as a suggestion for my July reads, I snapped it up! Dorothy Must Die is an intriguing read set in Oz, but not the Oz we know. It’s no longer full of wonder. It’s hellish. Oz is ruled by Dorothy, but not Dorothy as we know her. There are also some other familiar characters that have radically changed in this strange but creative version of Oz.

I loved how in this reimagining of Oz, Dorothy was a completely different character. The laws she has laid down are ridiculous and Oz isn’t the magical place it’s known for.  Our main character, Amy Gumm trains with the Revolutionary Order of The Wicked in order to be ready to assassinate Dorothy. There’s a love interest in the form of Nox. Whilst it’s not the most ‘real’ romance, it’s enjoyable enough. I do think that Dorothy Must Die was a book that didn’t necessarily need a love interest in order for it to be successful.

I thought the characters were well imagined. They’re very realistic. It was intriguing to read about Dorothy in a completely different light. At times I thought she came across as a bit bratty rather than evil though, but the evilness could develop more in the next instalment.

Dorothy Must Die isn’t a small book. It’s quite a chunky story in fact. I did find the middle section, where Amy is training a bit slow. However, there are some very exciting moments during the book and it’s definitely worth checking out.  I feel in some ways that Dorothy Must Die seemed to be focussed on setting up for the sequel. The ending was particularly promising, so it’ll be interesting to see how the story unfolds.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!- 3.5 stars

A very intriguing dive into a different Oz! Perfect for fans of reimaginings!

17 thoughts on “Dorothy Must Die

  1. awesome, I’ve seen some mixed reviews where people have said it disappointed them. That made me nervous about finally picking it up from my shelf. I’m looking forward to getting around to it (although it’ll probably be christmas at this rate haha)

  2. I’ve been looking forward to this book and then I read the prequel and wasn’t sure. It also had the first chapter of this book in it and it made me less excited for it. I still want to read it, though. I’m glad to hear it’s better than what I’ve been expecting.

  3. I just received a review copy of this a week or so ago, I’ll probably read it soon, it does sound amazing, glad you enjoyed it!

    • I’ve read Wicked and I wasn’t that impressed if I’m completely honest. I think if you’re a diehard Oz fan, then Dorothy Must Die might not be for you. Dorothy is reimagined in a completely different light!

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