I bought Dorothy Must Die for my 13-year old niece for Christmas. Then, I decided to add a second copy to my basket so I could read it as well. She’s been busy with school so I’m sure she hasn’t gotten to it yet but I finished it a few days ago. And, well…I have a few thoughts.
If you read my reviews you know that I sometimes have questions about the Young Adult classification of several series. Overall, DMD has a definite YA feel. However, I was somewhat shocked at the language in the first third of the novel. I’m not talking about a few but many of the granddaddy curse words that I’d still get in trouble for saying in front of my Mama and I’m 45-years-old. When I took a second to analyze, it did make sense for the character but it was shocking.
The idea for this story is stellar. Dorothy couldn’t handle being normal when she got back to Kansas at the end of The Wizard of Oz so she finds her way back to Oz. Then, as it does, her power started going to her head. The residents of Oz need someone to save them from her tyranny. Paige also did a pretty decent job of the good vs. evil/wicked trope. Who gets to decide what is evil? And, is it wicked to do a bad thing for a good reason?
But, I have to say that I was fairly disappointed. The writing wasn’t that great and felt stunted and forced in some sections. It’s also full of all the things that adult readers tend to hate in YA. Insta-love (or in this case insta-attraction for no good reason). Female MC who is pretty dang stupid when it comes down to it. And, the cliched ‘good girl’ who lives in a trailer park with her alcoholic mother and just can’t catch a break. How many times do we have to read about this?
My rating for DMD is 2/5 stars but I have to admit that I am tempted to read book two. I’d really like to know what happens next. Is that normal?