“A gun is a terrible thing. It’s a dark hole pointed at you, and that hole swallows ups everything else in the world, your friends, your nerve, until there’s nothing but you and what’s waiting in that little round space of dark.”
Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel
Star Rating: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
Format: hardcover book
Summary: Callie and her mother live in a small town in the middle of the dust bowl. Callie wants to leave Kansas because her lungs have filled with dust and given her dust pneumonia, slowly killing her. Her mother refuses to leave because she’s waiting for Callie’s father, a man she has never met, to return. When her mother goes missing during a dust storm Callie finds out the truth about her father, that he is the Prince of a fairy court. She sets out with a by named Jack to try to find both her parents.
Review: I love fairy stories and this was a great one. It was really cool that it took place during the Great Depression and in dust bowl Kansas. It was a great setting and Zettel really used it to her advantage. Callie is half fairy and half black as well, which is very interesting in this story since segregation is happening along with everything else. Which further complicates things for Callie.
I like that the story introduces the Seelie and Unseelie courts into the story and makes use of them. The magic is super interesting in this book as well. The fairies make use of human wishes to create magic and their glamour.
I would like to better understand what all the fairies motivations are, they’re pretty mysterious unless they are outright trying to kill Callie. I really am unsure what her grandparents want with her, they seemed to want to trap her but I’m not sure for what purpose. I’m not sure that they really want her to be their heir but it’s just not clear to me at all.
I feel like their will eventually be a romance between Callie and Jack but right now it doesn’t seem to be the focus which is cool. They have other things to worry about and I like that if there does come to be a romance it will be slow burn.
Definitely a series that I want to continue to read and see where it goes. Really cool combination of fairies and historical fiction.
Recommendation: This is a great book to read if you like historical fiction and fairy novels. If any of the aspects of this book interest you I highly recommend.