Author: Danielle Paige
Provided Synopsis: After returning to Kansas, Dorothy Gale has realized that the dreary fields of Kansas don’t compare to the vibrant landscapes of Oz. And although she’s happy to be reunited with Aunt Em, she misses her friends from the yellow brick road. But most of all, Dorothy misses the fame and the adventure. In Kansas she’s just another prairie girl, but in Oz she was a hero. So Dorothy is willing to do anything to get back, because there really is no place like Oz. But returning to the land she left comes at a price, and after Dorothy is through with it, Oz will never be the same.
Review: As a prequel story to the recently released Dorothy Must Die, I think this novella does an adequate job telling how Dorothy goes from the farm girl centered on returning to her family to a villain and a menace of Oz.
Two years after her return from Oz, Dorothy realizes Kansas is not the place for her. On the plains of home she is nothing more than a farm girl, and the truth of what happened to her in Oz is dismissed by those she has confided in. She laments the loss of the brief fame she experienced once she was discovered as a survivor of the tornado, and she longs for the hero worship she received in Oz. When she is granted the opportunity to return via a gift of red shoes left underneath her bed, Dorothy jumps at the chance without a consideration to her family or a thought to the true purpose of the gift’s sender. Because once the shoes have been put on they cannot be taken off. There is magic that pumps through them and they corrupt Dorothy to give in to her hunger for fame and her never-ending want to have more than she is able to obtain.
I have yet to read the start of the Dorothy Must Die series, but I do think the novella would be a good place to start for those with an interest in the novel-length books. Some of the story lines in the novella were obviously rushed due to size constraints, yet there was also information about the creation of Oz that I imagine will become important to the series as a whole. My hope for the series is that the characters and their development will be much better, because while Dorothy had enough issues to push her down the path to cruelty, I still think she acted more like a petulant child than a realized villain. But we shall see…