Kara SwansonEnclave Escape / 2020 / HardcoverOur Price$12.995 out of 5 stars for Dust. View reviews of this product. 12 Reviews
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KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Brilliant!March 16, 2021KavRCanadaGender: femaleI'm flying high on pixie dust after this incredible read (well, listen.) Dust is brilliantly imaginative. An exceptional retelling...well, more like a carry on after the book ended. A flightless Peter Pan stuck in London. Along with his Lost Boys who are now foe. Even Captain Hook and his pirates are lurking about. And the pixies!!!! Some of my favourite parts feature the pixies!!! I'm rambling, aren't I? Sorry, it's just that this book has me discombobulated.
It's darker and edgier than a traditional Peter Pan story -- you might say a more grown up version since, away from Neverland, Peter is in peril of growing up. It's ironic and funny with so many clever twists and nods to J. M. Barrie's characters but still fresh and alive in its own right.
This is more than the traditional battle between good and evil. It goes deeper -- finding a balance between light and shadow and learning to believe in yourself. Even that goes deeper -- to trusting in who you were meant to be, created for a glorious, unique purpose. Simply stunning. I got teary-eyed in places.
And then...it was over all too soon and...GASP!!!!...it ends with a cliffhanger!!!!!! And we have to wait until the summer to find out what happens next in Shadow. Now, normally I abhor cliffies, but this book was so captivating I'm not bothered at all. Yes, it's that brilliant. (I may be over using that word in this review but I can't help it because it's all so very...brilliant!)
I listened to the audible edition narrated by Natasha Soudek -- one of the best book performances I've come across.
Hannah5 Stars Out Of 5A magical and lovely adventure!August 26, 2020HannahThis story caught me by surprise. In a very great way! I have never been a fan of the Peter Pan story and really didn't know if I would like it. I was caught up from the very first page. It is a magical and lovely adventure with lots of your Peter Pan creatures and characters from the well-known stories, and filled with a couple exciting brand new ones. This book has soul and I loved the light overcoming dark theme throughout. Quite the cliffhanger at the end and I, and my 2 teen boys, are anxiously awaiting the next book in the series!
TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Nothing and no one are as they first appear...August 14, 2020TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I'll make my confession right now, I never liked the original Peter Pan novel and I don't remember if I liked the animated Disney film or not because it's been nearly 30 years since I saw it as a tiny child. I also don't usually care for modern additions to an old classic. So, you'd think I would definitely want to steer clear of Dust. But, nope, I was so intrigued by the cover blurb I knew it was one I wanted to read. Plus it was published by Enclave and I'm really starting to like their books. I'm glad I did choose to read it because this first book in Kara Swanson's Heirs Of Neverland series is by far my favorite iteration of Peter Pan!
Seriously, Dust is Peter Pan like you've never seen him before! Oh sure, there's all of the action, adventure, and magic that you've come to expect but there's so much more...and it's so much darker... Peter's selfishness, poor decision making, and irresponsibility is catching up with him, Neverland, and with our heroine, Claire, whose own traumatic past has her terrified of herself and of getting close to anyone. Author Kara Swanson's blend of fairytale and reality, action and introspection, action and a small touch of romance, in addition to her ability to weave a tale that both nods toward the original J.M. Barrie story while maintaining her own unique voice, captures the imagination and brings a little pixie dust back into reading.
Kara Swanson is off to a good start in her brand new Heirs Of Neverland series, so, whether you are a fan of the original novel, the Disney animated film, or just YA fantasy, Dust is one of those books you should consider adding to your collection.
(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
Mrs ARS5 Stars Out Of 5Can't wait for more!August 12, 2020Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5It has been way too long since I have read a YA book that captured my attention, was an unbelievable good story, and did not have a bunch of garbage in it. It is also kind of funny that I have actually picked up two YA books this week to read. This one and another one I have been waiting a long time to read.
Dust has it's roots in the fairytale of Peter Pan. It is not a retelling of the story but a continuation of what-ifs and what might be happening now. I was mesmerized from the very beginning by a young woman's story, Claire, who has had a very hard time fitting in and not only that but she has also been searching for and dealing with the emotional, physical, and spiritual ramifications of her missing twin brother for six very long years. Now everything seems to be falling into place for her to find Connor.
Peter is of course one of the main characters as well. What I really liked was that the author captured the essence of his character. He was still the over confident, aggressive, selfish little boy he always was, except he is also wrapped in a different package. Peter has grown some. I will not say anymore, except that Peter Pan was never a favorite of mine but this Peter has grown on me.
The author brings in other important characters: Tiger Lilly, Hook, a Darling, the Lost Boys. I enjoyed all the references back to the original story along with the new mythos. This was a highly entertaining read that I would recommend to a wide range of readers. It surprised me how fascinated I became with the story and I wait in anticipation for the second helping in this Heirs of Neverland series.
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
BeckySW MIAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 57 Facetious Reasons NOT to Read DUSTAugust 3, 2020BeckySW MIAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5*When did this fairy tale become a nightmare$* So moans Claire Kenton as she re-examines the old Peter Pan book, the only clue she has to her missing brother, Connor.
Reasons NOT to read DUST by Kara Swanson:
1. You don*t want to know about the 2020 YA inspirational book that has everybody abuzz. This book is a shoo-in for awards.
2. You don*t like books changed up. You*ll stick with the tried-and-true, don*t mess with perfection, please. Only as Kara Swanson so ably points out in her retelling of the Peter Pan tale, Neverland actually ISN*T perfect.
3. You don*t like dark retellings. Ah, but if there weren*t darkness, you wouldn*t see the light. The pixies are best seen at twilight or dawn. Also, darkness and shadows are an unfortunate part of life. But, *You were created for more than to bear the weight of your shadows-but you have to choose to no longer let them define you. You have to choose to let the light shine through the shattered pieces.*
4. You don*t see any need for Pan to grow up. Who-wee, in Dust, we see the real results of Pan*s refusal to think beyond childish imaginations. All of Neverland is out of whack.
5. You don*t think your YA could learn any helpful lessons from Dust. I*ve found as a parent your child only listens so much. But find someone else promoting the same thinking through a fun avenue like an action-packed, slightly dark book, and they*ll absorb lessons almost by osmosis.
6. Too much darkness in this tale. Not true. It is dark, but choices are made, like Claire*s. *And most of all, for me, for the girl who believed she was broken but who couldn*t see the beauty shining inside. For the person the creator of the stars made me to be. *I choose light.* *
7. Dust ends on a cliffhanger. I can*t help you there. But author Kara Swanson has SHADOW coming out next! Don*t miss either of these!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and publisher through Celebrate Lit. This in no way affects my opinions which are solely my own.