Jul 21, 2015 - Book Reviews    1 Comment

Book Review: A TOWN CALLED DUST by Justin Woolley

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.

As an Australian, I am an absolute sucker for books set in Australia. When that book happens to be a genre I enjoy and involves zombie-like creatures, there is little that will stop me from getting my hands on it.

LUCKILY there was nothing about this book to let me down.

I really enjoyed the plot, it was different enough from all those other zombie-like books/movies out there to keep me entertained. As much as I don’t mind good zombie-based media, it does get tedious seeing the same thing over and over.

It took me a little while to warm up to Lyn, but Squid had my heart pretty much right from the very beginning. The supporting cast are quite intriguing in their own rights – especially the dynamic between state and church as horde shambles towards Alice. I think many people will see real-world parallells in how they interact not only with each other, but the wider populations they’re attempting to protect.

This is a really great read, even if “zombies” or “dystopia” aren’t really your thing. And if I haven’t convinced you to drop everything and go buy it yet, stay tuned for a review of book two later this week.

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