Dust by Kara Swanson – Book Review

Posted July 21, 2020 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Dust by Kara Swanson – Book Review

Dust

by Kara Swanson

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Series: Heirs of Neverland #1
Published by Enclave
Publication Date July 21, 2020
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Action/Adventure
Setting: England Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: High-School/Young Adult, Middle School
Pages: 368

I would like to thank Kara Swanson for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.


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What a delightful story!

I’ve seen a number of shows and movies that retell the story of Peter Pan. You probably have too. Each has a unique twist on what happened or tell what happens next. Well, you could say that Dust is just one more of many and yet that would be such an disservice!!

Dust is the story of Claire, a girl who has never belonged and bears physical scars that are just a shadow of those she bears inside. As she searches for her brother, Connor, who went missing years earlier, she discovers things that turn everything she has ever believed about herself or the world around her upside down!! And it is the story of Peter, a boy who never wanted to grow up, but now is faced with the reality of the results of his self-centeredness. And doesn’t much like what he sees.

Intrigued yet?

This wonderful story will carry you away to the magical world of London where beloved characters from Neverland (and those not so loved as well!) live in exile. Nothing is as it should be. . .

Full of adventure, lies, and scheming in a world where the hero seems a villain and the villain just might be a hero, I was mesmerized from the start. Though hints were dropped throughout about what had happened to Connor, I wasn’t quite expecting what was finally revealed!

This story is heartwarming and hopeful with non-stop excitement. I clearly pictured the vividly written chases through the streets of London. And was torn in what I had hoped for regarding the relationship between Claire and Peter.

Reading Dust was a very satisfying experience! I’m so excited to read the sequel and find out what happens next and yet feel content with where the adventure paused. While I sometimes try to read all the books in a series at once so I don’t have to try to remember what had happened later, I don’t think I’ll have any problem remembering anything a year from now. And if I do, re-reading Dust won’t be a hardship at all!

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About Kara Swanson

As the daughter of missionaries, KARA SWANSON spent her childhood running barefoot through the lush jungles of Papua New Guinea. Able to relate with characters dropped into a unique new world, she quickly fell in love with the fantasy genre.
Swanson is the award-winning author of The Girl Who Could See and Peter Pan retelling/sequel Dust (Enclave Publishing, July 2020). She helps young writers explore their passions as a faculty member of the Young Writer’s Workshop.
Kara is passionate about crafting stories of light shattering darkness, connecting with readers, and becoming best friends with a mermaid—though not necessarily in that order.

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