Hello fellow book nerds!
I am so excited for my stop today for the Dustborn blog tour. This book was excellent and I can’t wait to share my thoughts.
A huge thank you to Terminal Tours for hosting this tour!
4 out of 5 stars
Taken from Goodreads
Delta of Dead River has always been told to hide her back, where a map is branded on her skin to a rumored paradise called the Verdant. In a wasteland plagued by dust squalls, geomagnetic storms, and solar flares, many would kill for it—even if no one can read it. So when raiders sent by a man known as the General attack her village, Delta suspects he is searching for her.
Delta sets out to rescue her family but quickly learns that in the Wastes no one can be trusted—perhaps not even her childhood friend, Asher, who has been missing for nearly a decade. If Delta can trust Asher, she just might decode the map and trade evidence of the Verdant to the General for her family. What Delta doesn’t count on is what waits at the Verdant: a long-forgotten secret that will shake the foundation of her entire world.
So as soon as I read that there was a secret map branded on Delta’s back – I knew I was in. But I wasn’t expecting the ride that it took me on. I typically am weary going into stand-a-lone books because I read so many series, I wonder how an author is going to tie everything up in one book. But Bowman did an excellent job keeping my interest, not giving too many details, and giving a satisfying ending. The beginning of this book takes place at Dead River where Delta’s sister Indie goes into childbirth early, leaving Delta to take her to a healer. As Delta arrives back at her village, raiders had attacked it and now Delta must find her pack. Broken into 5 parts, this novel takes us on Delta’s journey to discover what her branded map means for Verdant (a supposed paradise) and how to get her pack back. At first it took me a bit to get into, the first part was slower for me but it set up the rest of the story. Once I reached part 2 I was hooked and didn’t want to put it down. The more and more I read, the harder and harder it became to put the book down. I loved the pacing and all of the situations Delta had to come through and if reading this book has proven anything to me, it’s that I definitely wouldn’t survive.
I absolutely loved following Delta in this book. Her character has some amazing development and even though it might not seem like it at some points, she definitely did. While Delta’s pack always came first, it was nice to see her start to take other people’s life into account for and making right decisions, even if it meant time. One of the biggest developments on Delta that I enjoyed was her relationship with Bay. I’m so glad that Bowman decided that Delta wasn’t going to have Bay with her the whole entire time and it was smart the way she went about this. The trust that Delta makes with other characters also is a huge growth that takes nearly the entire book to happen. In a world like this, it would definitely be hard to trust any outsiders but Delta is smart and I love her reasonings behind everything she had done in the book.
Overall, Dustborn by Erin Bowman was a fantastic dystopian stand-a-lone novel. The story took the first part to establish itself which dragged a little for me but as the book continued, so did my investment. As I continued reading, I had a hard time putting the book down. The adventure Delta had to go on to save her pack was exciting and gritty. There was so much development and the book definitely had a cohesive ending. I would love to see more of what happened to Delta after everything but Bowman closed the book well that I feel satisfied with what was given. Delta was a great character to follow throughout and I could only hope I would be as brave and smart as her if that was my life. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a apocalyptic/dystopian setting with secret maps and unbreakable bonds.
About the Author
Erin Bowman is the critically acclaimed author of numerous books for children and teens, including the Taken Trilogy, Vengeance Road, Retribution Rails, the Edgar Award-nominated Contagion duology, The Girl and the Witch’s Garden, and the forthcoming Dustborn. A web designer turned author, Erin has always been invested in telling stories—both visually and with words. Erin lives in New Hampshire with her husband and children.
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