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Reviewed by Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite
In Blue Dust: Forbidden by Katy Krump young Qea is on the run. A forbidden third child in a solar system that only allows two children Qea (pronounced Key-ah) is forced to flee to Earth after her parents are killed by a marauding warlord. Trying desperately to keep out of his grasp, she shouldn't trust anyone but somehow finds herself falling for a mysterious blond boy named Adam. Unfortunately the people she's trying to escape from catch up with her. She and Adam are both kidnapped and taken to the Octad, an eight planet solar system with vivid and strange colors. Ravaged by greed and wars fought with child-soldiers over diamondine, Blue Dust: Forbidden is a thinly veiled allegory of the diamond conflict happening in some parts of Africa.
The blurb for Blue Dust: Forbidden indicated that it would be a novel about size bullying, which had me nervous for a bit because that's not a favorite subject of mine. But the subject of bullying (beyond one minor mention) doesn't even factor at all, instead the beginning reads much like the movie Hanna, a young girl ruthlessly surviving and outsmarting the bad guys. It's only once they reach the Octad that Blue Dust begins to resemble Blood Diamond as Qea and Adam attempt to right planetary wrongs and save brown-skinned natives.
Ms. Krump has written many things for the stage and screen in South Africa and her fast paced novel reads much like an action movie, one that I could easily imagine being picked up by Hollywood.