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Dust by Joan Frances Turner
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Apr 22, 11

bookshelves: own-it, read-in-2011, reviewed
Read from April 18 to 25, 2011

Jessie Anne Porter was killed when she was a teenager and her father crashed into a pickup truck. She remembers crawling out of her grave and being consumed with hunger and drawn to the scent of a rabbit in the cemetery. Somehow, she had become a zombie.

Jessie joins a group of zombies, the Fly-by-Nights. We learn what the zombies are thinking and unlike traditional zombies, these mutated beings show human traits. Florian was ancient and philosophical, Teresa is the pack leader and show traits of jealousy.

When Jessie meets Joe, she describes him "The ...right side of his face was smashed in...crushed cheekbone...maggots seethed from every pore."

It demands a certain discipline for the uniniated to read a zombie book. I was grossed out in many of the descriptions as, at one point, a large beetle emerged from one zombie who made the transition from a bloater to a breeder.

A new illness is discovered which causes the undead to grow more skin and muscles becomming more lifelike. At the same time, the humans or hoos, become near death and often wish to be killed.

The story continues with groups attempting to gain power but this illness seems like an epidemic and the reader must learn the effect on both groups.

Jessie and Florian are unique characters and the novel gets a good mark for originality and the telling of a tale. I did think that the novel was a bit over long in developing, a common trait in debut novels. The story could have been condensed.
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