Published by Harper Collins on April 1st 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Retellings, Fantasy
Source: Kindle (Amazon)
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 a road of yellow brick—but even that's crumbling.
What happened? 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. And—Dorothy must die.
What happens if Dorothy is evil? “What? How can she be evil? She saved Oz!” Well, true that she did. But what if, she went back to Kansas and realise that she’s nothing there? Not a hero, just a nobody. Then, she decides to come back to Oz and lets the power go into that pretty head of hers. BOOM. Evil, powerful Dorothy. And what do they do? Send another girl from Kansas to save the day. This time, a not-so-perfect girl. But before you read this book, I have to warn you. If you’re looking for some typical YA that barely touches violence, move on. Because this book describes the most gruesome, disgusting murders ever, and it’s not your sheltered fairytale. Each heinous crime done will make you wish Dorothy never existed. Well, that’s how I felt anyway, and honestly, I have HATED Dorothy since the first book about her came out. Little Miss Goody-Two-Shoes, shame on you. So when I saw this book on Amazon, I just HAD to grab it. ANYTHING TO SMEAR DOROTHY’S GOOD NAME MUAHAHAH-ehem, sorry about that.
The main girl is Amy, and Amy is well, NOT Dorothy. She’s so different from Dorothy that I could just praise her all day long. She’s independent, insecure, hot-tempered and forever not thinking through her actions. When she was sent to Oz through a hurricane/tornado (I never understood the difference SIGH), she expected to see the movie-version of Oz. Instead what she saw was dead plants everywhere. What shocked her the most was when the WICKED Witches wanted to train her to KILL DOROTHY (oooh, this was my ultimate favorite part HAHA). So, basically, good is evil, evil is good. In the end, all that mattered was what is right and what is wrong.
This book will make you giggle at those swoon-worthy moments (yes, THERE IS A HOT GUY, LIKE HOT DAMN) and also fume in anger. I fumed, ALOT. If you followed me on twitter, there were prolly some cursing going on, when I was reading this book HAHA. But unfortunately, UNFOOOORTUNATELY, this book is not a standalone. It’s a series, AND YES THE SECOND BOOK WILL BE OUT SOON, SO MAKE SURE YOU READ THIS BOOK NOW. NOW. NOW.
AND KILL DOROTHY.