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Devils Unto Dust

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,025 ratings  ·  224 reviews
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 o ...more
Kindle Edition, 496 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by Greenwillow Books
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Cassandra It's really not gory at all, I mean there is one part that is a little intense towards the end, but other than that I am twelve years old and I loved …moreIt's really not gory at all, I mean there is one part that is a little intense towards the end, but other than that I am twelve years old and I loved this book and I really don't like horror stuff too.(less)
Cassandra There is Willie (Daisy), Micah, Ben, Curtis, Sam, Nana, Ma, Pa, McAllister, Dollarhide, Other Hunters, The Twins, and others too those are just the on…moreThere is Willie (Daisy), Micah, Ben, Curtis, Sam, Nana, Ma, Pa, McAllister, Dollarhide, Other Hunters, The Twins, and others too those are just the ones I remember off the top of my head.(less)
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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, this truly was a read that I did not want to end.

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’t read many westerns, but I like them from time to time, and I
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 affected the pacing. I did, however, manage to trek th
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 are in their infancy. Basically, it ups the
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

An 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 shrink, burrs scatter and plant and grow. The sand m
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!
Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
*4.5 Stars

I 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 percent mark before we even encountered a monster. It wa
Rachel E. Carter
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 their YA as the romance in this one was basically ...more
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
-Curtis is such a sweetie
-Sam, Sam the little doctor nerd.

sorry is this a helpful review? i am The Worst.
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!


First of all I’d like to say this is more of a infection-style book than a zombie book, they’re
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review, edelweiss
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 tells her that she must repay his debt, or else! Willi ...more
Aug 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star
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 interesting to you!
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.
My first book read of the year...sadly an unfortunate start to my 2019

Someone, 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 plot, and the unrelenting harshness of this alternat
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!!
Vicky Again
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

What 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 love that feel and I mean, the bloody sands on the co
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 considerable speed. The shakes now rule the desert
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 how surviving life itself is an accomplishment. To be honest ...more
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
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 around the build of these characters.
The Sto
Terri Wino
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: year-2018
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 shakes are, as well as fellow mankind in this land
This novel had a slow start while it was setting up the background for the whole storyline. But I promise you that it gets MUCH better if you stick with it, through to the end.
I had a feeling about a couple things that might happen during this novel and I was correct about them. But the one twist that happened got me, and the aftermath had me tearing up here and there. (It was told so well and wish such feeling, I was kind of there, feeling it too. Not many novels make me tear up anymore, but th
Lauren ✨ (TheBookishTwins)
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 west? Fierce heroine? Protective siblings? A beard
*Source* Edelweiss
*Genre* Young Adult, Western, Dystopian
*Rating* 3.5-4


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 off from the rest of the country thanks to a silver s
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1018
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 abandoned everyone to the South after the terrifying dis
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, resilience and determination, and learning to trust ...more
Adrian Singh
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 one of the most relateable characters who also in ...more
Jessica McFaddin
I am sad to finish this book. I loved the desert & fever dream scenes, as well as being on the road with Willie. She leaves Glory to search for her father in order to rescue herself and protect her siblings. Ms. Berquist is especially good at characterizing the closeness of siblings & travelers; she conveys their longings and anguish with restraint. I was surprised many times! Can hardly wait for the sequel!! ...more
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Devils Unto Dust is tense and engaging and is something akin to a zombie western. I enjoyed every page of this dangerous journey through a desert filled with the dead and can't wait to read more from debut author, Emma Berquist!
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Emma Berquist grew up in Austin, TX and currently lives in New Zealand. She likes horror movies and dogs and dislikes brushing her hair and writing bios.

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