Devils Unto Dust by Emma BerquistDevils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist

Devils Unto Dust

byEmma Berquist

Hardcover | April 10, 2018

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Keep together. Keep your eyes open. Keep your wits about you.

The desert is unkind in the best of times. And the decade since the Civil War has been anything but the best of times for Daisy Wilcox—call her Willie—and her family. This tense, heart-pounding alternate history about a young woman fighting to survive the unthinkable will keep fans of Westworld and The Walking Dead reading late into the night.

A horrifying sickness has spread across the West Texas desert. Infected people—shakes—attack the living, and the surviving towns are only as safe as their perimeter walls are strong. The state is all but quarantined from the rest of the country. Glory, Texas, is a near ghost town. Still, seventeen-year-old Willie has managed to keep her siblings safe, even after the sickness took their mother. But then her good-for-nothing father steals a fortune from one of the most merciless shake hunters in town, and Willie is left on the hook for his debt. With two young hunters as guides, Willie sets out across the desert to find her father. And the desert holds more dangers than just shakes.

This riveting debut novel blends True Grit with 28 Days Later for an unforgettable journey.

Emma Berquist grew up in Austin, Texas, and hiked the Concho Valley when she was young. She has worked as a speech teacher and a librarian. She currently lives in Northern California with her husband and their dog. Devils Unto Dust is her first novel. 
Title:Devils Unto DustFormat:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.49 inPublished:April 10, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062642782

ISBN - 13:9780062642783


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Recommended! I was so excited to read this book! Desert and family and the undead = my kind of book! I liked this book a lot. It was a YA western horror, and I have learned that I am super into that kind of book! I really liked Willie, the setting, the journey she had to take, and there were some really awesome, creepy scenes. There was a little bit of romance too, and I liked the sibling relationships. I would really like to read a sequel to this book. The end of the book was totally fine and satisfying, but I liked the world enough that I could read another story about Willie. Recommended! (Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great zombie western. I love a zombie western, it is quickly becoming my favorite subgenre within the zombie world. The western has taken a fabulous turn over the past few years, alright, a few decades if I go back to the Unforgiven. The black and white Stetsons don’t mean what they used to, there is a shade of gray that seems to cover all of the characters. Emma Berquist avoided the term zombie like the plague, in fact, I think it was around the forty percent mark before we even encountered a monster. It was just Willie and the folks of Glory, Texas. Wait, come to think of it, some of the residents of Glory were the real monsters. Berquist embraced the concept that you can’t blame a zombie for doing what a zombie does, that’s just its nature. The real monsters come forward with how they react to the dynamic. I had a fantastic voyage with Willie, her brother, and their hunter escorts as she tracked down her father. Willie is an endearing character, just trying to do her best with the hand that was dealt to her. She carried the story from the beginning to the very end. Without saying too much, I reached a point in the story where I was good – it could have been over and I would have fully respected the author for her bravery to go there. But she didn’t. I kept reading and thinking, just don’t ruin this great story. Well, she did not! Emma Berquist even brought a tear to my eye. Devils Unto Dust is a solid debut novel from Emma Berquist, and I’m looking forward to many more books from her in the near future. *I received a copy of the book from the publisher (via Edelweiss).
Date published: 2018-05-05

Editorial Reviews

“Berquist strikes an appealing balance between the Western and “infected” genres. ...all sorts of readers should be drawn in to this absorbing hybrid tale in which the people are far more monstrous than the monsters.”