In which our hero and heroine battle prejudices, zombies, corrupt government officials, and malevolent nuns. Yes, really.

In which our hero and heroine battle prejudices, zombies, corrupt government officials, and malevolent nuns. Yes, really.

A Town Called Dust promised zombies, misfits finding their way in the world, an enigmatic prophecy, and some sinister nuns. This is more than just a romp in zombie land. The characters are well developed and the themes are meaningful. If you liked the Rot and Ruin series, add this one to your wish list. It is only available as an ebook (under $4 on Amazon), but I really hope there is a print version available soon because it would be a great addition to my classroom library.

A Town Called Dust Justin Woolley
ebook, 248 pages
Published November 2014 by Momentum (Pan Macmillan)

My Review: 4 out of 5 stars
I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for a fair review.

Two misfits find friendship and purpose as they fight prejudices, a corrupt ruling system, and zombies. This is a well written and engaging book. The author developed two protagonists that are worthy of your time — readers will relate to them and cheer them on throughout. The plot is well planned and paced to lead up to maximum suspense, and the twists are revealed with exceptional timing. There was a lull for me — it felt like a lot of time was spent introducing the second protagonist, but it picks up again quickly after that. I felt like there was such heart in these characters, and even if you don’t like zombie books, I think this can still be an enjoyable read. I love zombie books, and I found these were a well played threat in the book– readers are given a glimpse at the beginning, but then they are used as an ominous but mostly unseen force for a good chunk of the story. There is a great zombie battle near the end, and I could not put the book down until it played out in full. YA readers of both genders will enjoy this book, especially fans of the Rot and Ruin series or The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy. I will add it to my classroom library wish list because I can think of at least twenty reluctant male readers who would stop everything and read this book. Language and gore are appropriate for all ages

Goodreads Summary

Stranded in the desert, the last of mankind is kept safe by a large border fence … Until the fence falls.

Squid is a young orphan living under the oppressive rule of his uncle in the outskirts of the Territory. Lynn is a headstrong girl with an influential father who has spent her entire life within the walled city of Alice.

When the border fence is breached, the Territory is invaded by the largest horde of undead ghouls seen in two hundred years. Squid is soon conscripted into the Diggers—the armed forces of the Territory. And after Lynn finds herself at odds with the Territory’s powerful church, she too escapes to join the Diggers.

Together Squid and Lynn form an unlikely friendship as they march to battle against the ghouls. Their journey will take them further than they ever imagined, leading them closer to discovering secrets about themselves, their world, and a conspiracy that may spell the end of the Territory as they know it.


About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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  1. Pingback: A World of Ash – Justin Woolley’s zombies, crazed nuns, and valiant underdog do it all over again | Handheld Dream

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