Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Amy is from Kansas and she lives in a trailer. Her mom shops at Salvation Army. Her dad is gone. Her mom has also become an alcoholic. At school she is bullied. One day the weather is ominous and Amy’s mother goes out to the bar leaving Amy at home in the trailer park alone with the pet rat, Star. As tornadoes are prone to happen in Kansas, one does, and sweeps Amy’s trailer up off of the ground.
Amy does not die, but is helped out of her trailer by a nice boy with emerald-green eyes, what she sees astounds her. She’s definitely not in Kansas anymore. She’s in Oz.
She soon meets up with a couple of companions who tell her that Oz isn’t the place that it once had been. Dorothy is evil, or good rather, and so is Glinda. Dorothy has gone mad with power. All the characters she heard about, who were good, are still good, but they’re not good, they’re evil. The Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion, and the Scarecrow are all awful people. Dorothy soon finds herself imprisoned in the palace, but she is soon whisked away by a group who needs some help. They’re the wicked, or rather, the good people of Oz.
The group is composed of witches and various revolutionaries against Oz. They want to kill Dorothy. They want to get rid of her awful regime. Amy is trained by witches and warlocks. She’s trained to be lethal. She’s trained to use magic. She’s trained to be a witch. This is all in preparation for the time in which she will be planted in the palace itself in order to make an assassination attempt on Dorothy. Amy finds out that Dorothy is good, or rather not good, and she must go down.
What I liked
This is a rather interesting look at the world of Oz. What happens after the story is over? Does everyone stay good? Do their allegiances change? How does a person of Earth manage to survive in Oz? We’ve seen, after all, that it made the wizard become a humbug who pretended to be a magician and also the ruler of Oz.
We always think of Dorothy as this sweet little thing, which she was in the stories, rather one-sided, rather flat, father a child. In the movie, she’s definitely more grown up.
Danielle knew her Oz stuff. She knows the correct characters’ names. She mentions characters you’ll only find in reading the Oz series by L. Frank Baum, the Shaggy Man for example, he was never in any of the movies or shows, that I know of.
I liked this question of good being evil and evil being good. It can certainly change. It can certainly flip. Someone who is good, can be evil. A hero can become the villain. Under what circumstances do these things happen? It also reminds me of a scripture that says something along the lines of–good will be called evil and evil will be called good. This is speaking of the day when our society has changed so much that our moral compasses have skewed and we don’t know which way is up. I feel as if this is what has happened in Oz. Moral compasses have been frizzed out and yes, the wicked are actually the good people, maybe, but according to the story, you should never trust anyone but yourself–so who knows?
What I didn’t like
The book ended on rather a cliff-hanger note, just be warned. I feel as the first book in a series, it can sort of stand on its own. It’s still interesting and still a good read, but there is more to the story, a lot more, that you don’t get with this one book.
It’s a bit sad to think of these characters that you’ve always seen as good, be bad, but none of us are entirely good or bad, we’re a mixture of both, and that mixture can change.
Interesting concept, and, yes, Dorothy does sound as if she needs to die.
Would your opinion of one of your favorite good guys change if they were evil in a story?
Does the quote, “You either die a hero or live long enough to be the villain,” apply here?