Author: Emma Berquist
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Greenwillow (April 10, 2018)
Genre: YA Western/Dystopian
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
My Rating: 5 Stars!
Ten years ago, a horrifying disease began spreading across the West Texas desert. Infected people—shakes—attacked the living and created havoc and destruction. No one has ever survived the infection. Daisy Wilcox, known as Willie, has been protecting her siblings within the relatively safe walls of Glory, Texas. When Willie’s good-for-nothing father steals a fortune from one of the most dangerous shake-hunters in town, she finds herself on the hook for his debt. With two hunters, including the gruff and handsome Ben, to accompany her, she sets out across the desert in search of her father. But the desert is not kind to travelers, and not everyone will pass through alive.
Western meets horror for this riveting story about survival, family, and inner strength. Tense, short chapters propel readers from one action-packed scene to the next, while Willie’s distinctive, introspective voice deepens the emotional stakes with every turn of the page. High concept and character-driven, Emma Berquist’s debut will satisfy fans of The Magnificent Seven, Rae Carson’s Walk on Earth a Stranger, and HBO’s Westworld.
It isn't often that you get a mesh of genres that blend together so seamlessly and yet, Dust Until Devils did it and did it well.
A mix of western, dystopian, and a bit of this and that, and this novel truly stands out and shines.
It was fun, adventurous, enthralling, and unbelievably hard to put down. With a rough and tough no nonsense heroine that you can't help but instantly like in a setting that is every bit as rustic as it is horrifying, this truly was a read that I did not want to end.
With it's short but riveting chapters you can't help but be sucked in by the action, the adventure and the western feel of it all. I absolutely adored this and even though I believe this is a stand alone novel, I can't help but want a sequel.
This seems to be the year for YA. It is not only bigger and badder than it ever has been before but undeniably easy to fall in love with all over again.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*