Friday, October 29, 2010
Review: Dust by Joan Frances Turner
Dust is a Novel by Joan Frances Turner from ACE.
What if dead people still have minds of their own, can laugh and fight and form friendships and love each other and grieve? What if the moans and groans you hear are an actual language? What if the undead have a 'life' span, slowly aging and decaying, and crumbling into dust just as inert bodies do in the coffin? What if the creature in your crosshairs still remembers you, loves you, but can't plead for what you once were to each other before you pull the trigger?
It's a terrible beauty that the former Jessica Anne Porter sees in her fellow undead, but she does see it. They are survivors. In an increasingly senseless world, instinct pulls them on toward a faintly remembered shore, where centuries ago...something...happened.
Dust is an amazing read if you are a zombie geek - like me. :)
Ms. Turner has an entirely new take on the zombie lore and I love it!
Jessica and the gang she hangs out with have no idea why some of the dead come back and others don't. All she knows is that after a horrible car accident she found herself awake once again, with the knowledge that she could climb out of her resting place.
The world that Jessica resides in has adapted to the 'environmental hazards' that are walking around - certain restrictions and curfews are in place, some areas are considered too dangerous to travel without escort and others are closed off completely.
People are encouraged to burn their dead - and most comply, but the few who are certain that something like that could never happen to someone in their family - continue to bury their dead in designated areas - allowing this phenomenon to continue.
All manor of scientist, biologist, neurologist and the like are working to find a 'cure' to end what is fast becoming a plague. But when one of their own decide to take matters into his own hands, and alters a 'germ' designed to finally put an end to those walking undead - the outcome is unbelievable - and mankind, as a whole, may not survive his 'cure'.
I loved Dust and give it 5 out of 5 stars.