Dust – Arthur Slade

Posted on January 3, 2012


The Amazon page for Dust proclaims that “if you like Stephen King and Ray Bradbury then you’ll love this’. Well, I do, and I did. A freebie earlier this year for the Kindle, Dust is the story of a small Canadian village that has suffered drought for years. But when a traveller proclaims he can bring rain and several of the town’s children go missing – is there a connection between the two?

Having been to Canada earlier this year and spending time both on the outskirts of small communities like this as well as the highly recommended Black Creek Pioneer Village, I can easily imagine what life would be like in Depression-era Saskatchewan. It is tribute to Slade’s prose that his characters mannerisms and the feel of the town leap off the page.

The tone and content of the story certainly make it more suitable for young adult readers rather than children as might be suggested by the blurb. Like creepy Abram Harisch in the novel, Dust is bewitching, beguiling and will have you hooked to the end. Even if the end if disappointingly rushed compared to the pace of the rest of book. Despite the rushed ending, Dust maintains a hypnotic influence over you, and whilst it hints at a larger picture in the background, it is still an enjoyable read.

The Fiction Stroker will give it 3 strokes out of 5:

Posted in: Young Adult