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15 November 2010

Book Review: Dust City

Dust CityDust City by Robert Paul Weston

Publication Date: 30 September 2010

I received an ARC of Dust City from Star Book Tours.

Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?
His son, that's who.

Ever since his father's arrest for the murder of Little Red Riding Hood, teen wolf Henry Whelp has kept a low profile in a Home for Wayward Wolves . . . until a murder at the Home leads Henry to believe his father may have been framed.

Now, with the help of his kleptomaniac roommate, Jack, and a daring she-wolf named Fiona, Henry will have to venture deep into the heart of Dust City: a rundown, gritty metropolis where fairydust is craved by everyone and controlled by a dangerous mob of Water Nixies and their crime boss leader, Skinner.

Can Henry solve the mystery of his family's sinister past? Or, like his father before him, is he destined for life as a big bad wolf?

My Thoughts

The Tweet
Henry searches for the truth surrounding his father's arrest in a gritty reimage of a fairy tale world starring evolutionary characters.

What Worked (for me)
Robert Paul Weston has taken a well known fairy tale and created a unique story full of suspense and mystery. Henry Whelp breaks out of the Home For Wayward Wolves to find out what really happened the night his father murdered a young girl and her grandmother. He finds more questions than answers on his journey to the truth, but with the help of his friends, Fiona and Jack, he is able to crack the mystery and expose the horrible deeds of people no one would suspect.

I liked how Weston didn't just reimagine the story of Little Red Riding Hood. He used other popular fairy tale characters to populate the world of Henry Whelp. My favorite was Henry's friend, Jack. At first, Jack, the only hominid (human) in the Home, seemed like a normal character until he escapes using magic beans that grow a tree (sound familar?) Cindy Ella and Snow White also make appearances. Weston's creativity at recrafting these individuals into different, but still recognizable characters, is great and drew me into the story of Dust City.

What Didn't Work (for me)
When I first started reading the story I was confused about Henry, the wolves and the other animalia because they (seemingly) walked and talked like humans. It wasn't until I got further into the story that the evolution of all the animalia was explained. I felt this explaination could have occurred earlier in the story to avoid confusion. I know, at the beginning, this took away from my understanding and enjoyment of the novel itself. Once this was revealed, I went back and reread some of the beginning Dust City with new eyes. It definitely made it easier for me to be drawn into the story once the evolution angle was revealed.

Dust City is a great reimage of the fairy tale world. Weston has taken familar characters, twisted them up, and shone them in a new light with a fantastic story of mystery and evil. He's even got a little romance thrown in for good measure. I would definitely recommend Dust City to anyone who is a fan of dark, gritty fairy stories.

My rating is 4 stars

Description and picture courtesy of Goodreads.


Rummanah Aasi said...

This book sounds really interesting and I love its cover. I'll be adding it to my tbr pile. Thanks!

Nina said...

ooh, I like dark stories. This I want to read. :)

danya said...

I've heard some mixed things about this one - it definitely sounds like a totally different imagining of fairytales. Like how you split it up into what worked for you and what didn't.

Icedream said...

I almost picked this one up but wasn't sure about it, your review is a lot better than the dust jacket synopsis. I will have to give it a try.

Lisa (starmetal_oak) said...

This book has been on my radar lately. Thanks for the great review!

Jolene Allcock and Family said...

wow, this book actually sounds very interesting. I have some seen some remakes on classic fairytales, but this sounds like a whole new spin. I'd love to read this, great review

Alex said...

Looks interesting. I like seeing how authors rework fairytales.

Lisa said...

I have a hard time that everyone is just replaying the same fairy tales. I just want new fresh ideas. Good review this might change my mind.

Llehn said...

What a clever idea :D I'm keeping an eye out for it in my library. I hope it won't disappoint.

Shy said...

Sounds really interesting. And like you, I think I'd also love the fact that the author merge some other fairy tale's characters in his book. What a creative idea!

Loren Chase said...

I've had this book for a couple of months now and my mom LOVED it. But I have yet to open to the first page. I think I might move it a little further to the top of my reading list.

Kristina Barnes♥ said...

This book sounds very interesting, and very creative! I love that the author took some fairy tale's and made them his own. That's pretty cool. :)

Tressa said...

I have this on my to-read list. Thanks for the heads up about the beginning not being as clear until the author explains more.

Linda Henderson said...

Thank you for the honest review. I had wondered if I wanted to read this book or not and now I don't think I will. I still prefer my fairytales to be a little more lighthearted.

Kristina said...

I saw this book previously and was curious about it, glad to know it has its good points.

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