Dorothy Must Die wasn’t the exciting read I thought it would be. At first, I thought the story was a twisted retelling of The Wizard of Oz until I realized that it’s actually a continuation of The Wizard of Oz, like a fanfiction of what happens to Dorothy and Oz once she “leaves.” In this case, Dorothy returns to Oz and becomes an evil ruler until someone, Amy, is sent in to change things.
Mostly the story was a bore. It took too long to get to the point of the story. Sure the foundation of the tale was clearly developed, but I was too curious and impatient about the relevance of the title to wait.
The story needed to either focus more on Amy figuring out who she is or Amy trying to kill Dorothy, but not flip-flopping between the two. Personally, I would have preferred it if Amy had spent more time analyzing the difference between Good and Wicked and then deciding which side she believed she belong to. The story would have been more intriguing if Amy had focused on who was manipulating her, to what end, and for what reason. Then, she would’ve been more of a heroine than a puppet in the book. Yet, as the ending suggests, Amy has at least a sequel to take control of her life.