Dust van Joanne Carlton

Genre: Thriller

Publisher: Hamley Books


ISBN: 9789082893977

Thank you Hamley Books for the chance to review this book

The story

Here we are then, at the end of it all …

Simon James is just a regular guy living a normal life. Until August 4th, when the dust poisons the world.

Three weeks and millions of deaths later, the end is near and there are no miracles left, except for one. A miracle that needs Simon James.

On the final day, the former husband and father faces the ultimate dilemma. Should he attempt to survive in a dead world to prevent mankind’s extinction? Or should his life end today, like everyone else’s?

Simon doesn’t want to be the one left behind when all that he ever knew is already gone, but choice was never an option. His fate has already been decided for him.

When the world comes to an end, would you want to be the last man standing?

A gripping tale about strength and survival, family and love, heartache, and loss.


A view at the world, the sun in the background. And dust, a lot of dust. The cover appeals to me. In the bookshop I would certainly pick it up and read a part to see if I like it.

My opinion

It’s my first dystopian novel. The genre never appealed to me. Was I right?

No, absolutely not. After reading the synopsis, it still didn’t appeal to me much, but after reading the first chapter I was sold.

This is a book about the big questions of life. About family, about mourning and not giving up.

The story is told in the present and the past. It is clear in which part of the story you are, the chapters in the past mention it at the beginning.

Special about the story is that it all takes place within a day. And a lot happens on that day. Main character Simon goes through a rollercoaster of emotions and doubt. A lot of doubt. About what is the best thing to do. Give up, or go on, as he promised his dying wife.

I don’t know what I would do in his situation. It feels wrong in every way to go on. But what else? Choosing death is not easy.

The book is about “big brother is watching you” and how far can you take it before it all goes wrong. How much power can you give the government? What is democracy?

It makes you think about modern society. And what you share and with who. And how much do you really know about that sharing, how much is saved, without us even knowing. It’s about the power of the chosen ones. And no chance of control for us “normal” people.

At the end there’s a big twist. A twist that surprised me, but on the other hand was so logical that I couldn’t believe I didn’t think of that possibility. Like that!

My opinion: GOOD

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