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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Character, plot, and realism are among the things that get me reading a book. Dusties (Dusties Series Book 1) by Brett Murrell has all these elements expertly woven into the story. I felt pulled into the narrative in just the same way one would feel following characters of The Maze Runner. The setting is dystopian, disturbing, and a dying world. Remnants of a small colony wake up to a world that is something else from what they’d always known it to be, and must struggle to make sense of what is happening. But their time is limited as the encroaching darkness hastens. The only hope of escape from the darkness is shrouded in mystery, traps, and a path of uncertainty. Can they unveil a path out of the darkness before it inundates their soul?
Brett Murrell begins the story in the most impressionable of ways, a way that leaves the reader with no choice but to pay attention: “It began unpleasantly. A boy of seventeen dreamt of a dark place and a monster so large, so swift, and so terrifying that the sight of it stole his breath away. He awoke to find a mob carrying him.” The setting creates an unsettling feeling in the reader and this begins from the very start of the narrative. What is interesting about this spellbinding opening into the Dusties series is the author’s ability to sustain the interest and attention of the reader, and he does this with the arresting narrative voice — it is hypnotic — and the realism he injects into the characters. The story has a strong appeal for fans of epic fantasy and adventure, a tale infused with a rare sense of humanity, a work of entertainment that is as transporting as it is delightful.