Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Dust Finders by Jared Gullage

Title: The Dust Finders


Author: Jared Gullage


Published: 23 April 2011


First Line: "A few small children aren't stopped in time, and so they grow in the tribe with only one hand."


Summary: We carry many things into the desert. We carry our entire lives on the back of our k'toogs. We are the people who wander the wasteland, to rally the ek'luka behind our caravans, so we might harvest and slaughter them to eat them and make of their bodies needful things. 

The ek'luka are ugly and treacherous. We give them the remnants of our tribe, the garbage left in our wake, so they will follow us. They will eat anything they can. They are scavengers. 

One has eaten my son's hand. Its unforgiving beak crippled him forever in one bite. I was not fast enough to stop it. I do not know how I will ask him to forgive me for it when he is older. 

We carry many things into the desert. We carry tents and tent poles. We carry food and water. We carry weapons and tools. I carry my guilt with me. I cannot toss this away and forget it like the garbage of our tribe. I will carry it with me forever.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: The Dust Finders is quite a unique story in both its story line and the writing style.  It’s written with a mysterious element that I really enjoyed as I wasn’t quite sure what was going on for a while in the book and that’s what kept me reading.

The Dust Finders is set in quite a different world and it was really interesting.  What I really loved was that there was a glossary of terms in the back for some of the terms about the world.  I thought that some of the explanations could have been incorporated into the story itself, but at the end of the day I thought it was just as good having them at the back.

The writing was quite vague when it came to details and so it confused me a little bit but without giving spoilers away, it’s actually meant to be like that.  There is a reason for it, and so getting to the end of the story I could look back and see that it actually worked really well.  I quite enjoyed the mysterious element to the writing.

Overall, I would definitely say that The Dust Finders isn’t going to be for everyone.  However, it is really unique and definitely interesting.  If you’re looking for something different then I think you’ll enjoy The Dust Finders.

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