Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist

Devils Unto Dust

Ten years ago, a horrifying disease began spreading across the West Texas desert. Infected people—shakes—attacked the living and created havoc and destruction. No one has ever survived the infection. Daisy Wilcox, known as Willie, has been protecting her siblings within the relatively safe walls of Glory, Texas. When Willie’s good-for-nothing father steals a fortune from one of the most dangerous shake-hunters in town, she finds herself on ...

Details Devils Unto Dust

TitleDevils Unto Dust
Release DateApr 10th, 2018
GenreHorror, Young Adult, Westerns, Zombies, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews Devils Unto Dust

  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    It isn't often that you get a mesh of genres that blend together so seamlessly and yet, Dust Until Devils did it and did it well. A mix of western, dystopian, and a bit of this and that, and this novel truly stands out and shines.It was fun, adventurous, enthralling, and unbelievably hard to put down. With a rough and tough no nonsense heroine that you can't help but instantly like in a setting that is every bit as rustic as it is horrifying, thi...
  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    The desert is still, no sign of movement, not even dust. But it’s a calm stillness, ancient and unchanging. The desert was here before us, and it will be here long after, watchful and patent and unmoved. I’m a total sucker for “infection” horror stories—if you’re unfamiliar, they’re plots with creatures similar to zombies but not quite there—and when I heard about this western-horror mashup, it caught my interest right away. I don...
  • Laura
    But I know better than that; this desert may have my heart, but this town will take my bones. This is a tough book to review because 1. I just read another YA zombie book that ventures into western territory also set within the same decade (1877), albeit different in concept but reading these close together made it hard for this one to feel quite as fresh. 2. I predicted the biggest twist in the novel the second it happened which severely affecte...
  • Emma Berquist
    I mean, I like it
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight Let's just break this one down in a "yay versus nay" fashion, mostly because I said so.The Stuff I Liked: The setting was pretty great. I mean, Western stuff is cool. And then you add this sickness, and undead humans, and yeah. That's as messy as you'd expect, especially when you're talking about a time when technology and life comforts a...
  • Justine
    4.5 starsAn excellently written debut novel about family, friendship, love, loss, death, rebirth, and growth. For a "simple" horror book, Devils Unto Dust is incredibly textured and complex. I am officially a fan of Emma Berquist and will absolutely sign up for whatever she writes next.I thought the desert was immobile, a fixed place that I moved through, but that's not the case. The desert is a shifting thing; the cracks widen and the shadows sh...
  • Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
    *4.5 StarsI love a zombie western, it is quickly becoming my favorite subgenre within the zombie world. The western has taken a fabulous turn over the past few years, alright, a few decades if I go back to the Unforgiven. The black and white Stetsons don’t mean what they used to, there is a shade of gray that seems to cover all of the characters.Emma Berquist avoided the term zombie like the plague, in fact, I think it was around the forty perc...
  • Lorraine Davino-berquist
    Once you have read the first paragraph you will be unable to stop turning the pages! It has everything I love in a book. A spunky and determined heroine on a quest to protect her family. You feel the desert and the dangers that lie ahead as the novel unfolds. I could not put the book down BUT at the same time I did not want the book to end. Bravo, to my daughter, on her first novel!
  • Mic
    WELL, get ready for an adventure and hold onto your feels--woops too late Emma already shot them. -Willie is 10000% everything -Bearded Ben is like *effortless swoon*-adorable little twins -ALL THE SIBLING LOVE -Curtis is such a sweetie-ADVENTURE -Sam, Sam the little doctor nerd. -Sassysass-yaaaaaassssssssssorry is this a helpful review? i am The Worst.
  • Rachel E. Carter
    I'm a sucker for YA western-ish reads, and so even this wasn't totally a western (zombie-like creatures abound) and the time period was unknown, I did enjoy it from start to finish. The protagonist reminded me a bit of Saba from Blood Red Road (one of my favorite books) and the pacing reminded me of Erin Bowman's Vengeance Road series (loved the first book to death).... that said, I wouldn't recommend this to readers who like a bit of romance in ...
  • Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)
    Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek 4.5 Stars! ****ARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review****What an amazing debut novel! I can’t believe this is Berquist’s first book, she writes like a pro and honestly this book had pretty much everything I love and look for! This was just overall extremely well written and well executed, I could gush on and on! Plot First of all I’d like to say this is more...
  • BookLoversLife
    Daisy Wilcox, known as Willie, is just trying to keep her brothers and sister safe from the "shakes". They live on the outskirts of Glory and that's the way she likes it. Since her mother was infected with the incurable disease and turned into a shake, her father has done nothing for them, only drink and gamble. But things are about to change for Willie when her father steals money from one of the most dangerous shake-hunters in town, and he tell...
  • Chelsea
    Mini Review: 3 1/2 stars for me personally (in a bit of a slump and having trouble getting into any books), but a four overall. The writing quality is fantastic for a debut. Rich character dynamics, and this is waaaay more interesting than most journey books. This is what Walk on Earth A Stranger should have been. Action packed from start to finish, this novel is plenty entertaining from the first page. Recommended if a YA western sounds interest...
  • Amelinda Bérubé
    Absolutely gripping and deliciously, vividly creepy, with a sense of time and place you can practically taste and writing that gallops - I read it in one sitting and wanted to cheer. Knocks it right out of the park. Give me the movie (AND SEQUELS) now please!!
  • Brenda McGahagin
    Our family loved this book; read it aloud on a road trip through west Texas. The story is riveting,having engaging plot twists, beautiful description and characters that squeeze your heart. Be prepared for horror, humor, heartbreak and hope.
  • alice (arctic books)
  •  ⇝LEAH⇜
    My first book read of the year...sadly an unfortunate start to my 2019Someone, somewhere said this was similar to Dread Nation...for some reason, I thought no way could it be that boring...but it turns out they were right...this is, unfortunately, quite similar to that book.I found myself not really caring if the Zombie-like creatures called "Shakes" bit or turned the characters or not.  That coupled with a slow-moving, slightly underdeveloped p...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    4 starsWhat a fun, atmospheric (if infected people zombies and Western desert is your type of atmosphere) survival story!I mean, there were a lot of things to love about this, but my favorite part has just got to be the worldbuilding and atmosphere! It's that sort of timeless (is it dystopian? is it Western? is it historical?) atmosphere of the Wild West (think Gunslinger Girl) featuring Western feels but zombie-apocalypse type shakes. I just lov...
  • Genna
    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review."What if it isn't the fever that sends them lunging at the healthy, teeth snapping and fingers tearing? Maybe we have it wrong. Maybe this is what humans are truly like, when you take away reason and control and hope. Maybe the shakes aren't sick; maybe they're just honest."The sickness has been running rampant across West Texas for a century, wiping out small dusty towns with ...
  • K.A.
    THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD, A MUST READ. The writing and plot and characters, it was all so masterfully done. The language blew me away.
  • Raenor Spence
    I’m absolutely in love with this novel. The action, setting, suspense and characters were amazing. Usually with novels I’ll just read a couple pages a day before bed, but with this novel it literally kept me up till 6 am because I just couldn’t force myself to put it down. Willie Wilcox has become one of my favourite YA characters: she’s so badass and she’s been through a lot and lost a lot but still makes it in the end and recognizes h...
  • Michelle
    I wasn't sure what I was expecting when I started this book. I am not a huge fan of zombies and I was a little nervous. I am very happy I read this book because it was not what I expected. Set in a Dystopian world, it has a sort of western feel to it. I can't remember if it ever gave a time frame out year but it seemed like it was set more in the future. I never experienced character build like this, it was really slow, the book almost revolved ...
  • 2018-01-22
    Couldn’t put it down
  • Terri Wino
    3-1/2 stars, but I'm rounding up to 4 because I just really enjoyed this YA "zombie western."It took me a few chapters to really get drawn into this story, but once I did there was no turning back. I thoroughly enjoyed the cast of characters in this book. Yes, there was some predictability to the storyline, but that honestly didn't bother me. There wasn't a ton of blood and gore in this book; just enough to remind the reader of what a threat the ...
  • Juliana
    4.5 stars
  • Lauren ✨ (YABookers)
    Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes. By the end of this trip I'll be more dust than girl. The desert claims everything, in the end.Summary: This was such a lovely surprise? I don't know what I was expecting but this was so much better. Fantastic characters, tense storytelling, A+ sibling dynamics, and I just really loved Willie and I'm just so hung up on this book that the rating might change. Zombies in the wild ...
  • Shelley
    *Source* Edelweiss*Genre* Young Adult, Western, Dystopian*Rating* 3.5-4*Thoughts*Devils Unto Dust, by author Emma Berquist, is a Young Adult, Dystopian, Western standalone novel. Devils Unto Dust takes place in an alternative history reality right after the Civil War ended. Ten years ago, a disease spread across the West Texas desert and those infected – known as the Shakes – attacked the living and wreaked havoc. Parts of Texas have been cut...
  • Alexandra
    I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books*Even if this book releases on 2018 I could keep it down. The Wild West meets zombies in this engaging trip from one city to another and a girl's attempt to save her family.Willie, her brother Micah and her twins brother and sister live in poverty in the small town of Glory. It's the 19th century and Northern America has literally abando...
  • Lata
    4.5 stars. My third zombie story of the month (totally unintended as I'm not usually into this type of monster), this story was an unexpected pleasure. Though a story of a young woman riding out into the zombie-infested wasteland surrounding Glory, her tiny settlement, to retrieve her deadbeat father so he can make good on money he stole, this book has more going on. It is also a story about the bonds between siblings, finding out who you are, re...
  • Adrian Singh
    I don't say this often, but I couldn't put this book down. It's not only fast-paced, and suspenseful but it's BEAUTIFULLY written. Berquist doesn't sacrifice entertainment for style. There are remarkably poetic, and poignant passages about despair, failure and hope (some of which remind me of Atwood's descriptions). The characters are multi-dimensional, nuanced, complicated and broken. I especially appreciate Berquist's development of Willie. She...