I am sorry to say that I had to abandon this novel about half-way through. Though I have been waiting a while to read it, I just couldn’t get through it. I rarely don’t finish reading a book, and, even rarer still, I don’t usually publicize that fact.
Disappointed in the story, the characters, the weirdness (and I love weirdness, when it works), I grew tired of everything from the original story being stood on its head. This style really worked for Splintered by A.G. Howard (creepy, sinister, eerie, nightmarish), but, for me, it doesn’t here. It seemed like we were to be distracted by all of the crazy visuals of half-human, half-Swiss Army knife performers, desert-like ruined land and an extremely busty Dorothy so we wouldn’t see the lack of depth or interesting dialogue. (Yes, yes; that’s my “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!” reference.)
The main character, Amy Gumm (so was there ever a mention that Gumm was the real last name of the original Dorothy, Judy Garland? I didn’t stick around long enough to find out) is one of those vacillating characters who can’t decide if she is truly spineless and down-trodden or just one injustice away from the world’s best comeback. She’s always dismissed and treated badly, and she takes it. Because that’s how she is, curses. Except when she’s not. But no, really, she is a doormat. But no. Gah! Stick with a personality, ‘k? Obviously, she’ll have a breakthrough or find her courage (ha!), but in the first chapter or so, she delivers more contradictions than a jumbo shrimp.
The other thing that bothered me? The names. They were so…odd? Cutesy? Oddsy? Mombi. Nox. Gert. Pete. OK, maybe not Pete. In truth, they all sounded very old-fashioned, perhaps in the style of the original Oz books. But then, wham! Bam! Thank you, ma’am…boobs, the f word and other current themes would zap me back to the present. Very jarring.
I realize that I am in the complete minority, but I never could get into the story. I left the book on my nightstand, hoping it would take off the next time I tried, but it didn’t. I even owe a late fee at the library.
So read it, let me know how wrong I am, and we’ll see if I can get past chapter 21. How I did love that cover, too. 🙁
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige was published April 1, 2014 by HarperCollins. Ink and Page reviewed a copy from the library. Ink and Page loves libraries.
Rating: 1 (abandoned)
Genre: Young Adult Fiction Fantasy Action/Adventure Series
Ages: 14 and up
You Might Want to Know: As mentioned above, there is a bit of bad language (usually out of the blue!) and descriptions of a sexy nature re boobs, cleavages and etc.