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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Comet Dust by C.D. Verhoff is a gripping apocalyptic story featuring a very interesting character. It’s been eighteen months since a comet hit the earth, leaving it devastated, submerged in economic depression and famine. While governments work frantically to address the needs of people, crime rises and Gina Applegate blogs about college life and events she deems interesting while doing her job at the mall. Gina seems to be a carefree kind of girl who enjoys her life and finds justification for the simple pleasures life offers, until The Illumination of Conscience happens and she gets a glimpse of hell. She starts asking very serious questions and considering where she’d end up. It’s her time against the one who sits up in the skies.
For those who are wary about end-time literature, there is no need to worry because Comet Dust reads just like any well-crafted fantasy. Although based on Biblical prophecies about the end-times, this story is well imagined and crafted with compelling characters that readers will easily relate to, characters who will remind readers of their deep and silent yearnings and the questions they ask in the dead of night. There is enough action to keep the reader turning the pages and there are surprising twists in the already engaging plot. C.D. Verhoff’s writing is beautiful and his voice comes across very clearly and powerfully, not like a preacher’s. Yes, this is a well-crafted story with many literary elements to drive its success. Gina Applegate can be read as a very symbolic character, and watching her grow from a carefree, self-righteous individual to a responsible and conscious one is very interesting. I loved the plot, the masterful use of suspense, and the great characters.