Dorothy Must Die (Book 1) - The fact that this is book one scares me more than I could possibly explain

Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1) - Danielle  Paige

I'd heard such differing accounts of this book, I wasn't sure what to do. A part of me wanted to stay far away...but a part of me had to see what the author did with a dystopian Oz much like I had to read Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. I had to know the worse because people would ask me. I'm on the fence if knowing is actually the better state of being in this case.





Let's be blunt: if Baum's Oz is a wonderful, nostalgic element of your childhood, you're not likely to enjoy this. I know enough about Oz to know more then the movie but not a ton and I've always been fairly ambivalent about it, so while things bothered me, I didn't feel they were destroying my childhood. (The same can't be said about newer Robin Hood and Zorro movies, but I'm pretty nostalgic about those heroes of my childhood.)

But I found parts of this quite disturbing; about the time someone dissolves into blood and gloop,

not to mention what happens to Jellia Jamb, the Lion, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow

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, I was not really okay. I found elements cliched - I'd seen them done better - and I felt parts of this were dragged out quite unnecessarily. What was a great idea was...adequately done. And it's a cliffhanger! Of course it is, let's milk as much out of this as possible. There is no warning and few clues except that the ending is going no where and the pages are running out fast. *sigh*



I also found the whole "why Dorothy is bad but you won't be thing...didn't really stand up to logic, if I'm being nice. Completely unbelievably more comes to mind. Dorothy, who was kind, etc. but "wanted recognition...but even that wasn't enough for her. She wanted more." (p. 271) And "when Dorothy landed here in that precious gingham number I knew she was trouble...Something about that much sweetness didn't feel right." (p. 296) But we constantly have it hit us upside the head that Amy had little to nothing, not even a parent and it's abundantly clear she wants to be more then "Salvation Amy" and be someone. If craving was wrong in Dorothy, why is it not wrong in Amy? Especially when it is more obvious in this book. Anything, book? *crickets chirping* Nope, no explanation.


Also the Pete/Ozma was obvious if you know anything of the series - the fact I figured it out almost immediately and I barely remembered hearing about that fact once.

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I'll admit I'm horribly interested (in a now I've started have to find out what happens kind of way) to see where this all goes but I'm going to wait till the complete series and see what others think.


I foresee at least three books to get through this.



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