Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“Readers of Baums books will take special delight in seeing new twists on the old characters, and they will greet the surprise climactic turnabout with the smugness of insiders.” Kirkus
“Dorothy Must Die is kind of the ultimate in girl-powered literature. Youve got empowered heroines, sure, but Paige also conjures a formidable villainess in Dorothy and some manipulative lady revolutionaries. Here, women and girls are allowed to be anything. This really is a womans world.” Nerdist.com
“Debut author Paige doesnt hold back in this fast-paced action novel. Give this cinematic upper-YA novel to fans of A. G. Howards Splintered, Frank Beddors Looking Glass Wars, and TV shows such as Once Upon a Time and Grimm.” School Library Journal
“Gone are the days of rainbows, Lollipop Guilds and pretty much anything to sing about in a major key. For those willing to go on a quest with a heroine more attuned to our times than the Dust Bowl era, theres no place like it.” USA Today
“Paige delivers a solid, intense, and strange narrative that draws deeply on its source material.” Publishers Weekly
“[Dorothy Must Die] strikes a similar tone to Marisa Meyers Cinder series, with its blend of fantasy, humor, and horror, and it will likely inspire fans of that series to make their way to the Emerald City.” Bulletin of the Center for Children & #8217;s Books
“Paige has spirited readers back to The Wizard of Oz. Its a classic made more sinister.” ALA Booklist
“The Wizard of Oz as youve never seen it.” Teen Vogue
“For anyone who likes a good story turned on its head, Dorothy Must Die is a must-read.” Huffington Post
“Set in a near-future world of dark and light, where the lines of good and evil are blurred, one girl tries to navigate life on the edge. Sarah Rees Brennan dazzles her readers with stunning world building and original characters. In a story steeped in tragedy and turmoil, Brennan’s characters find their strength in a tale that will leave you breathless till the very end.”—Hannah Moushabeck, Odyssey Bookshop
“Sarah Rees Brennan writes with fine control and wit, and I suspect that word of this magical thriller will pass through the populace with the energy of wind, of fire.”—Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked
and Egg & Spoon
“Brennan takes the genres of young adult, fantasy, and romance, and through her own writerly, alchemical process converts them into something new and strange and lovely. Read the first few pages of Tell the Wind and Fire and see if you don’t agree.”—Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble
The New York Times bestselling first book in a dark new series that reimagines the Oz saga, from debut author Danielle Paige.
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 a road of yellow brick--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. And--Dorothy must die.
From New York Times bestseller Sarah Rees Brennan comes a magic-infused tale of romance and revolution that is lush, dramatic, and poignantly timely.
About the Author
Sarah Rees Brennan is the New York Times best-selling author of several fantasy novels for teens including The Demon's Lexicon, a YALSA Top Ten Books for Young Adults and shortlisted for the Carnegie, and the books in the Bane Chronicles she has co-authored with Cassandra Clare.