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“For anyone who thinks wolves get a bad rap in fairytales, this book is for you. What if the Big Bad Wolf was drugged; he didn't mean to kill Little Red Riding Hood? It is up to his son to figure out the conspiracy. A fun book...definitely juvenile fiction, but fun.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.
Quick & Dirty: Very fun book full of some wonderful fairy tale creatures with a twist to their stories. There was good action, a great adventure and a mystery to solve.
Opening Sentence: Once upon a time, fairydust came from where you’d expect.
Enter into the world of Dust City where Snow White is a daring detective, Rumpelstiltskin is the formidable villain, Jack in the Beanstalk is your best friend, and the hero is the son of The Big Bad Wolf. A world where fairies use to spread their magic and bless all those in the land. But years ago the fairies mysteriously disappeared. Now there is a special dust made from the magic left behind by the fairies. It has special healing powers, but it is also addictive and at times dangerous. The dust is in high demand and the more pure it is the more expensive it is.
Henry Whelp is living in a home for wayward boys and creatures. His mother died when he was very young and his father is in prison for the murder of Little Red Riding Hood and her Grandmother. Henry has always been a mellower wolf and has tried to stay out of trouble, but then his psychiatrist gets murdered. Then he gets a bunch of letters from his father and something doesn’t seem right. It is time to find out what really happened to the fairies that disappeared and maybe prove his dad is innocent as well.
Henry was a fun hero. He has a good strong voice throughout the book and a fun personality. He is a very laid back person, but when it comes time to act he doesn’t hesitate. He is brave, smart, and lovable. It is fun to watch his relationships with people grow and develop throughout the story. He is shy especially around a very cute she wolf, but once you get past the shyness he has a lot of depth to him. He never knew his mother and his father is in prison so he has never really had any good role models, but he always tries to do what he thinks is right. He was an easy character to connect with and I really enjoyed reading his story.
This book was full of charm and adventure. I have always enjoyed fairytales and I loved the different twists in this took. It collaborated a whole bunch of fairytales into one story and it worked perfectly. The characters were funny and engaging. The romance was sweet and well developed. The story was interesting and had a great mystery. I was hooked from page one and I had a hard time putting the book down after I started it. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I would highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys a good adventure filled with wayward fairytale creatures.
No answer. The light in his study’s even dimmer than out in the hall. A cold drip of rain rolls down my neck, icy as it weaves between my hair.
“Doc? It’s Henry.” Nothing. “I think-“ Where is he? “I think we have some stuff to talk about.: It’s so dark in here I can hardly see.
My eyes adjust now. I see something, something I can’t explain. The air in front of me swims like shadows over glass. There’s something floating in the middle of the room. Floating-dead center, in the middle of the musty air. It looks like-
I blink. Something’s wrong with me. My father is floating there, hovering in the air. I stare at him, hoping the vision will disappear. Hoping I’ll wake up. /but there he is-the hazy shape of a ghostly wolf. Then I realize: It’s not a vision at all. And it’s not my father. It’s Doc.
My eyes are finally adjusting to the darkness. I can see more now. I can see it all: The rope around his neck. The cord rising into intricate knots strung over the rafters and pulled taut. Doc’s jaw slack, his tongue flopping down like a thinly sliced steak.
He’s dead. And it’s fresh. He’s still swaying.
FTC Advisory: Razorbill/Penguin provided me with a copy of Dust City. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.”
“So awesomely cool! A dystopian fairytale!”sara y wrote this review Friday, March 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“For anyone who thinks wolves get a bad rap in fairytales, this book is for you. What if the Big Bad Wolf was drugged; he didn't mean to kill Little Red Riding Hood? It is up to his son to figure out the conspiracy. A fun book...definitely juvenile fiction, but fun.”Victoria P wrote this review Friday, November 25, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Dust City was not my favorite fairy tale retelling, not by a long shot. I’d much rather had reread any of Alex Flinn’s books. But, the book wasn’t horrible. It was simply okay. There were a few scenes and chapters that I really enjoyed but they weren’t enough for me to really like this book.
In the world of Dust City, fairydust is a drug. It can do anything, from a concussion to raising the dead. Everyone uses it and it’s very addicting. But the fairies aren’t the ones with the dust. The fairies disappeared when Henry was a pup and now a corporation called Nimbus is distributing the dust. Henry breaks out of his wayward house to try to find out why the fairies left, if his dad is innocent and where Nimbus gets their dust. He meets a whole cast of characters, many of them with their own traditional fairy tale background. For example, Jack; Jack and the Bean stock; Detective White, Snow White; Skinner, Midas; Cindy Bella, Cinderella; among others.
One of the major problems for me was picturing the animalia. In Dust City, many species of animals have evolved to stand up right, were clothes and talk. Also, these animals are the size of humans. That means there are wolves, frogs, ravens, and foxes walking around as big as you and me. This was incredibly hard to picture. I pictured Henry and Fiona as humans all of the time.
On the character side of things, I thought the main characters could have been better. They were a little flat. I like the side characters much more, even the ones who are supposed to be Henry’s nemesis. My favorite characters where Detective White and Tom.
What I can say positively is that I never guessed the twists. They always surprised me. Also I LOVED the setting. A city hooked on dust, it’s like a city hooked on drugs and what can be more interesting? I especially liked the gritty scenes when Henry was delivering dust to addicts. I thought that seeing how hooked the city was on dust brought the story to a deeper level. However, I felt these parts should have been part of a different book. One that delved deeper into the city’s connection to dust, because while Dust City did have these scenes they were never mentioned again and they would have been and should have been dramatizing to Henry.
If you have nothing better to read, and you find Dust City on your library shelf, I would say give it a try. While very cheesy throughout most of the book, there are scenes that will make you think and wonder if our society is following the same path. Also Dust City is full of non-stop action with a little wolfy romance slipped it.
“Ok, ok, I didn't finish it. I didn't like it enough to finish it. There were some semi-clever takes on fairy tales, but not clever enough.”Laura B wrote this review Sunday, May 22, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Dust City is a modern spin on Little Red Riding Hood. In the book, fairies used to grant wishes to humans until they suddenly disappeared. The book then follows Henry, the Big Bad Wolf's son,as he escapes youth prison. The plot has many twists and turns. I would reccomend that anyone who likes fairy tales should read this book.”Adam P wrote this review Sunday, May 15, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A fellow blogger recommended Dust City, and I'm very glad for that. The book had been on my radar, but low on the priority list, because I wasn't in the mood for Yet Another Reinterpretation Of Red Riding Hood. Well, that's not what we've got here. What we've got is a story that picks up where that old folktale ends off, and casts the fairy tales of our youth into a dark, noirish setting which is grimy, dirty, and -- yes, you saw it coming -- grim.
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“Gr. 8 up. Henry Whelp is the son of the infamous wolf who killed Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother. Fairy dust now has to be manufactured because the all the fairies have disappeared. When Henry's psychiatrist is murdered he finds out that his father may have been the victim of bad fairy dust that made him fly into a rage against his will. Henry is determined to find out what really happened. I didn't love it but I can't say I didn't like it either. Someone said to me that it sounds like someone is blaming their bad behavior on bad drugs.”Barb T wrote this review Tuesday, April 5, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is really good! The author did a great job creating a whole new interesting society based off of Grimm's Fairy Tales!”Julianna S. wrote this review Friday, March 18, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No