Like most people, I have a deep love for The Wizard of Oz. At least once a year the movie gets watched in my house, and I’ve seen the musical. I’ve read Gregory McGuire’s books, and on my TBR list is the novelization of The Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum. So when I first heard that there was a sequel (of sorts) coming out, in which we return to Oz, I was very excited.
Dorothy Must DIE starts out very similar to how The Wizard of Oz does, with a tornado. Amy Gumm, the reluctant heroine of the story, is a very poor, social outcast at school, and her mother would rather drink and party than take care of her daughter. Shortly before a tornado ravages their mobile home, and takes Amy to Oz, she and her mother get into a massive fight with one another. It’s something that eats away at Amy during her time in Oz.
Throughout the novel, and leading into the series (with books 2 & 3 being published in 2015 and 2016 respectively), Amy is highly uncomfortable with having to use her (learned) magic to try and defeat Dorothy and return Oz to how it once was. She meets a very strange collection of peers and teachers, and realizes that there is more to everything than meets the eye, and that she cannot trust anyone but herself.
What I liked most about Amy is the fact that she really doesn’t have a love interest in the first story. There are hints (and some actions as well) that lead you to believe that this will be explored throughout the series. She is also very average, which I’ve seen becoming a trend recently, and it makes you, as a reader, see yourself in a similar position to Amy’s. It’s also a fairly believable sequel to The Wizard of Oz. I highly recommend checking it out – I can’t give away too much more without spoiling the overall plot, but it is worth a read. There’s also a novella prequel to Paige’s series, in which she explains how Dorothy returns to Oz in the first place.