Waiting On…Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

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This week I’m waiting on…

Title Dorothy Must Die
Author Danielle Paige
Pages 432 Pages
Genre Young Adult, Re-Telling, Fantasy, Fairytale
Publisher HarperTeen
To Be Published April 1st, 2014
Find It On Goodreads

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!

There are few things I enjoy more than when a classic, beloved tale is re-imagined or re-told from a new viewpoint, none more so than when the author in question decides to approach the topic from a wildly different direction from its predecessor. Jackson Pearce’s Sisters Red and Marissa Meyer’s Cinder are two such examples of this, and with any luck, I hope that I’ll soon be able to add Danielle Paige’s forthcoming novel, Dorothy Must Die to their number. L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz and the accompanying 1939 film adaptation of the same name starring Judy Garland have been favourites of mine since childhood and I’m extremely excited at the prospect of having an opportunity to experience this now familiar story from an entirely different perspective. The synopsis of this novel immediately caught my attention – The protagonist, Amy’s, narrative voice is sharp and distinctive, and I can’t wait to discover how everything in Paige’s version of Oz has become so topsy turvy!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be clicking my heels together three times and wishing that the release of this novel was far sooner. Is it 2014 yet?

13 responses to “Waiting On…Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige”

  1. Jess says:

    Hah – I love the fact that you’re the second person I’ve seen choose this book! I reread the synopsis again today, and I’m now obsessively checking Edelweiss to see if it’ll go up!

    And like you, I love the fact that Oz has become so topsy turvy. I wonder just how power mad Dorothy will be?


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  2. Jennifer says:

    I can’t wait to read this ever since I first read the synopsis. I love any type of book that’s a play on the Wizard of Oz. I’ve heard that it’s going to be super hyped so I really hope it’s as good as it seems!

    I really think the best part is that Dorothy is the bad guy though! ha

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  3. Andi says:

    Yup, this is already ordered I’m that excited for it. 🙂
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  4. Frasier says:

    This is on my list, too. The blurb just causes me a lot of feelings and I cannot wait to read it.
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  5. Cool pick. This is a popular one today 🙂

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  6. I’m looking forward to this one too! The Wizard of Oz is one of my very favorite movies and stories! Any additional time we get to spend in the world of Oz is okay by me!
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  7. New Bloglovin’ Follower. Great WOW post! I have seen a few people with this book as their WOW! I guess this one is going to be a HIT! check my WOW out http://www.thefictionfairy.com/2013/10/waiting-on-wednesday.html
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  8. Andy @ OABR says:

    Seems like everybody is waiting for this one. Great pick! 🙂

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  9. This one is quite popular today. I’m not really sure if it’s for me but I hope you enjoy reading it.
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  10. Ellie says:

    I’ve been seeing this around lately, really wanna read it.
    Great pick!

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  11. Olena says:

    It looks like a lot of people are excited for this one to come out. I haven’t heard of it or read any books by this author but it looks interesting. 🙂
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  12. I haven’t read the original book so all I know of The Wizard of Oz is from seeing the 1939 film version, and I must say, it will be very interesting to see how Danielle Paige takes the brightly coloured story that we all love and put a darker spin on it. It’s a very brave move, and one that could go either way, I think. Still, I’m looking forward to it, too! I hope it won’t disappoint either of us. 🙂
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