Review of Devils Unto Dust

Posted April 10, 2018 by Stormi in Book Reviews / 3 Comments

Review of Devils Unto Dust

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist
Genres: YA, Horror
Published by Greenwillow on April 10th 2018
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss

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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.


Here is what I thought

I think I am having bad luck with zombie books as this is the second one I have read and not really enjoyed all that much. I also think it’s a case of I read it to close too another zombie book that is very similar to this one and I wasn’t a huge fan of it either. I think zombie books are suppose to be action packed and full of zombies eating people, so maybe I have the wrong perspective as I don’t really read zombie books…lol.

It’s set some time after the Civil War and their sick are turning into things they call Shakes. Some cities have built walls and fences to keep out the shakes but because of them going for animals first there are not a large supply of horses to help you travel from city to city. There are some supply runs done by hunters (zombie killers) so the towns are pretty rough and people are verily getting by.

Willie is a teen who is trying her best to take care of herself, her brother Micah and the two young twins. There mother got the sickness and had to be dealt with and their Pa hardly comes around. Then he steals $400 dollars from one of the hunters in town and runs off and leaves Willie with the mess. The hunter want his money and expects Willie to give it to him if her pa can’t, so she takes what money she has and lies to a couple of brothers who are hunters. She pays them what she has and says she will give them the rest on their return.

The land is harsh and some unexpected things happen but Willie is a real trooper through it all though there were times I thought she was a bit dumb but can’t say as I don’t want to spoil. I really liked the hunters as they seemed to be pretty respectable hunters compared to some of the others. They tried hard to make sure nothing happened to Willie and some unexpected guest.

I guess I just wasn’t in the mood for a trek across the desert as it was just really dull to me. I liked the characters fine and the last 25% was really interesting and I liked the ending fine, but it was just getting to it that just didn’t click with me as it did for others.

Might be in the minority but I just didn't really like it much. #neededmorezombieaction Click To Tweet
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3 responses to “Review of Devils Unto Dust

  1. I actually liked this one. I enjoyed the character build the most. I think the idea that it was suppose to be a scary zombie book with actions was wrong. I think it was really about living in this world and surviving, building and learning about this character and watching her grow.
    I am sorry you didn’t like it. It’s amazing how different our POV are 🙂

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