"Dorothy Must Die" by Danielle Paige is absolutely twisted, and I love it.
Amy Gumm (or as the High School bullies refer to her "Amy Salvation Army trailer trash") lives in Kansas with her mother...in a trailer. To say her life isn't the happiest is an understatement. The day she gets in a fight at school and is sent home, there is a tornado warning. To add insult to injury, her mother is going to a "tornado party" and leaves Amy at home alone with her pet rat Star (a pet Amy is not too fond of).
Needless to say, the tornado hits and Amy, Star and the trailer are all twirled away to Oz. It doesn't take long for Amy to realize that the Oz of the book and movie no longer exists. Flying Monkeys and Munchkins are enslaved, tortured and killed. Amy herself is branded a traitor against Dorothy, but is pulled into The Revolutionary Order of the Wicked and trained to fight and on how to use magic.
Those who were once good in Oz are now evil and those who were once wicked are now trying to save Oz... Or are they? Amy learns quickly that she can't trust anyone, all she is sure of is that Dorothy Must Die!
I love that Dorothy Gale, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion and even Toto are unrecognizable and that all of the characters I loved or was afraid of from the original story are still in Oz.
I truly enjoyed this book with all of it's twisted twists and turns and I cannot wait for the story to continue!
I give it five of five stars.