Devils Unto Dust

Keep together. Keep your eyes open. Keep your wits about you.

The desert is unkind in the best of times. And the decade since the Civil War has been anything but the best of times for Daisy Wilcox—call her Willie—and her family. This tense, heart-pounding alternate history about a young woman fighting to survive the unthinkable will keep fans of Westworld and The Walking Dead reading late into the night.

A horrifying sickness has spread across the West Texas desert. Infected people—shakes—attack the living, and the surviving towns are only as safe as their perimeter walls are strong. The state is all but quarantined from the rest of the country. Glory, Texas, is a near ghost town. Still, seventeen-year-old Willie has managed to keep her siblings safe, even after the sickness took their mother. But then her good-for-nothing father steals a fortune from one of the most merciless shake hunters in town, and Willie is left on the hook for his debt. With two young hunters as guides, Willie sets out across the desert to find her father. And the desert holds more dangers than just shakes.

This riveting debut novel blends True Grit with 28 Days Later for an unforgettable journey.

Reviews

“Exploring the bonds of loyalty, friendship, and bravery in the face of impossible odds, Berquist cleverly riffs on the work of Cormac McCarthy, blending the excitement and harsh beauty of the frontier with a straight shot of zombie terror. This wild western will delight horror and adventure fans alike.”

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Dark and gritty, this ...novel doesn’t shy away from death or danger. Berquist wonderfully balances the pace of the plot. ...Full of surprising twists and turns, this is a story of determination and perseverance as well as survival in hard times. A great addition to any YA collection.”

School Library Journal

“A refreshing genre-bender.”

Kirkus

“A tale of survival as gritty as its desert setting. Stubbornness, strength and survival come head to head with blowing sands and creeping sickness in this feminist tale.”

Mindy McGinnis, author of the award-winning The Female of the Species

“Much like the undead Willie fights, once this story grabs you, it won’t let go. Prepare to be consumed.”

Ryan Graudin, award-winning author of Wolf by Wolf

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