Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Review: Dust by Joan Frances Turner

I must say that this was an original. I've never read a "zombie" book from this point of view and it did tend to make you think. I did think
that there was a bit of over-writing at some points that led me to skim but other than that I didn't have any complaints. Certainly unique and I would say to check it out if you haven't yet.
About The Book:
(from Dust website)

Nine years ago, Jessie had a family.Now, she has a gang.
Nine years ago, Jessie was a vegetarian.
Now, she eats very fresh meat.
Nine years ago,Jessie was in a car crash and died.
Nine years ago, Jessie was human.
Now, she’s not.

After she was buried, Jessie awoke and tore through the earth to arise, reborn, as a zombie. Jessie’s gang is the Fly-by-Nights. She loves the ancient, skeletal Florian and his memories of time gone by. She’s in love with Joe, a maggot-infested corpse. They fight, hunt, dance together as one—something humans can never understand. There are dark places humans have learned to avoid, lest they run into the zombie gangs.

But now, Jessie and the Fly-by-Nights have seen new creatures in the woods—things not human and not zombie. A strange new illness has flamed up out of nowhere, causing the undeads to become more alive and the living to exist on the brink of death. As bits and pieces of the truth fall around Jessie, like the flesh off her bones, she’ll have to choose between looking away or staring down the madness—and hanging onto everything she has come to know as life…

About The Author:
(also from Dust website)

Joan Frances Turner is the author of Dust, forthcoming from Ace Books on September 7, 2010. Dust is a story of the undead from their own point of view, as they battle time, decay, the loved ones they left behind, encroaching humanity and each other. Or, think Watership Down with zombies instead of rabbits. She is currently working on a sequel, tentatively titled Frail, from the all-important human perspective.

Joan was born in Rhode Island and grew up in the Calumet Region of northwest Indiana, which fellow Region Rat Jean Shepherd famously said “clings precariously to the underbody of Chicago like a barnacle clings to the rotting hulk of a tramp steamer.” Like Mr. Shepherd, she aspires someday to have a local community center named after her against her will. A graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School, she lives near the beach with her family and a garden full of spring onions and tiger lilies, weather permitting.

Joan is represented by Michelle Brower of Folio Literary Management. Dust is her first novel.
Review copy provided by publisher. All opinions are my own.


  1. Kris,

    I really enjoyed Dust and found the concept unique. :)


  2. Haven't read it myself, but from what I've heard it's fairing pretty well with readers so far. May pick up for a read one day...thanks for sharing!