Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Woah. This was bloodier than expected; though why not when the title calls for Dorothy’s death? It’s a total about face from what we know of Oz and the characters in it. My favorite bit is Dorothy as lush, Tin Man head over heels for her, Cowardly Lion not cowardly but bloodthirsty and what not, and Scarecrow as something else altogether. Good is Wicked and Wicked is Good. Or were they, because if it’s not one person then it’s another insisting no one, least of all themselves, were to be trusted.
The more interesting bit is how there is a separate story here. Strip away all the trappings of what make this a re-imagination, and we have Amy, a girl who living a life so far from perfect; there is no Auntie Em in her life. Down and out and all that’s depressing, yet she’s still spunky. Is she another Dorothy? The parallels are there as she points out- Kansas, tornado and pet of a certain variety, but no… she isn’t. There’s a “real” way to how things are seen from her point of view… all is not good, something she does not blind herself from. But there’s also the more positive aspect: of her doing something about … stuff.
It’s a fun read. Yes, even with the requisite love interest present. I say so because they each have a role to play; as in the love interest is more than the love interest. At times, it’s that same thing that conflicts with what needs doing. Even better, there’s saving done but not by those expected.
This was bloodier than I thought it was going to be; but fun all the same.
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