I’m not a huge fan of retellings. Neither am I one to dislike retellings. But they have to be very compelling for me to pick up the books or I have to be in one of those moods where I’m searching for one to show me: I’m an uber awesome retelling and didn’t I prove you wrong… (like I had with the Sleeping Beauty theme I recently had).
This one is pretty far up there… I couldn’t stop grinning at the premise of the book.
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Release Date: April 1st, 2014 (Yes, as of today, it’s not out yet.)
Summary: 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.
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!
Additional Notes/Comments: I mean with a blurb like that, how can I resist. Oh the possibilities I am imagining right now. I also like the book cover very much. It’s simple and yet very much to the point as it uses the iconography to what most would associate with Dorothy of The Wizard of Oz. That red print matches the theme and plot point. In an era of publishers trying to make pretty YA book covers with pretty people and pretty text and pretty guys… this is refreshing. This is to the point and artistically done. If there was a poster of this book cover, I would so like for for my personal home library and my teen section at the library.