Book Reviews! Everyone’s favorite. I have dabbled in them before, but it didn’t work out too well, so I’m doing it a different way this time. I was going to do Hattie Big Sky first, but…. Well, do you know how difficult it is to edit yourself in a book cover? The one above was pretty difficult in itself, and the one for Big Sky is going to be even harder. First I thought I was going to draw myself in, but then I remembered something! My skill level in drawing is below zero. Oops! Thank goodness for Photoshop! Anyway, the book we are looking at today is Day Of Dust, a dystopian novel written by my friend Ellie Cummins. Now there are two things you must do if your friend publishes a book.
1. You buy it. Twice. Once on kindle, once as a normal book. (Kindle so you can read it faster)
2. You try to find a character based on you in the book.
Me? I’m pretty sure I’m the errand boy, who represents Micah’s forgotten childhood. Or something like that. (Side note: I don’t think this is actually true, but it was funny the way Anna said it, so I’m still leaving it in.) Anyway, The main protagonist is a teen-aged orphaned boy named Caius Faulk. He’s having issues because he saw his parents brutally murdered. Ouch. His sister, Katia Faulk, is having issues because she DIDN’T see her parents brutally murdered. Ouch? She climbs a forbidden mountian to deal with said issues and sees her beloved town like it is on the (Cymbals crash) DAY OF DUST. What is the (Cymbals crash) DAY OF DUST? Ha ha ha can’t tell you it’s SPOILERS! Katia runs down the mountain and finds Caius, who just got dinner from the grumpy baker. She tells him what she has done, and he decides that it sounded pretty darn cool. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, The guy who runs the place (Called the Administrator) has a daughter. Everyone is told she’s crazy, but actually… well, she is still kinda crazy. She sneaks downstairs and eavesdrops on her father. Who reveals the whole plot sixty pages or so in. Everything is an illusion! These things on all the people’s wrists, the cuffs, sorry I didn’t mention those, make the city look nice! The (Cymbals crash) DAY OF DUST is the one day every eight months when the cuffs fail. And they also like hide the consequences for peoples sins or something… Anyway, the girl (Vail) has to tell someone! Caius and his friend, Benton, climb up the mountain-or at least, Caius does. Benton decided to turn back before it was too late. Caius pretty much stays up on the mountain all day, while Katia is being enlightened by a girl named Anna. I wonder who that could be? Turns out it is………. Vail!!! Caius eventually gets home and Katia gives him the briefing. Now he’s convinced he needs to get out of here. He meets up with an outsider named Rudy that can give him, Katia, and Vail a ride out of there. But.. remember his friend Benton, he turned Caius in! And so, Caius is thrown in jail. Katia devises a plan to break Caius out and Vail helps. Together, they decide what must be done must be done. Vail is going to break the illusion. In the prison, Caius breaks his cuff and sees that the prison is pretty run-down. He tries to scrape away at the walls and they break! Cement, or something like it, crushes him to the floor, unable to move. Sounds Great! How’s Vail doing? She managed to break the system, and now the illusion is broken. It is a dirty grimy city. Because of this, the cuffs go haywire, shocking anyone who is wearing one. Katia and Rudy rush to help Caius and when they get there, someone else had the same idea. Benton felt bad for what he had done, so he was trying to file the lock. When the whole, cuff shocking starts, Rudy breaks Katia’s cuff, and goes to break Bentons, but he runs away. They file away at the lock until it breaks, then they unbury Caius. Meanwhile, Vail’s on fire! Back to Caius…. They run back to the city, the grumpy baker tries to kill them, they rescue Vail, and Rudy goes to get the ship he works on to take the three of them away. Caius feels guilty to leave everyone he knew here to chaos, and decides he will stay. He tells Rudy to take good care of his sister and the book ends.
This is the part when I say my opinion: Good. The end. (Just Kidding)
First: The book was decently sized, but kind of felt like a long short story. If you’ve ever read a short story, it goes like this: Characters Introduced, Plot Introduced, Climax, Resolution. This book kind of goes like that. The characters are introduced in the first few chapters, the plot is introduced in the nest few chapters, than the climax of breaking the system, then the resolution of Caius staying behind. There was not a whole lot of suspense, as things happened right after each other, but it’s not great to have too much suspense, or your reader will just drop dead. The characters were good and fleshed out, though they were all a bit dramatic at times. But all in all I have to seriously commend the author. The book was dystopian, which is really easy to get wrong, especially for a first book. But the author knew her stuff, and pulled out with a great novel. Fun Fact: Every single characters name, is real. Yup, look em up. Caius means “Joy”. Vail means “Lives in the Valley”. Anyway, this post is getting really, really, really long, so see ya!