Dust by Sarah Baker

 Eve, the daughter of the Wilson’s was about to start out on her own in order to find farm work somewhere and in doing so, was separating from her parents. Even though parting ways was the last thing that any of the three members of which the family was comprised wanted, they all knew that it was much easier to find a room to rent for two instead of three, and easier to find work in one area for one person that it was two. Since so many farms were going asunder, the best way to ensure that both Eve’s father and she were able to be gainfully employed, they needed to try their lot in different towns so that one would not be competition for the other, and the odds for both of their security doubled. Eve’s mother was so sick from the amount of dust that the dry land had amounted to, that her healthcare and recovery were of the utmost importance to the family, hence why they felt justified in their separation. They were willing to do whatever it took to save each other, and the plan in which they formulated seemed to be the only course of action that would allow the potential of reaching that goal.

As fate would have it, while Eve was attempting to navigate to bumpy and pot holed road to the farm she was referred to, she had quite an accident. She injured herself masterfully, and knew that if she didn’t find shelter for even just that night; things were going to become even bleaker than they already were. But just as she was about to give way to hopelessness, Faye, one of the inhabitants of the farm she was on her way to inquire from, saw Eve and came to her rescue. She promptly brought her to the house, bandaged her up and set her up to stay for at least the night. Upon awaking the next day, Faye decided to offer a position as a farm aid to Eve, which left Eve aghast and beyond thrilled of the luck which she seemed to have stumbled. But her joy was short lived, because Faye’s brother, the other inhabitant and caretaker of the farm, did not take very kindly to her. However Faye fought for Eve to stay, and although Liron was none too pleased, Eve was able to stay on at the farm and was able to start making that new start for herself that she and her family were so hoping that she would.

While I did very much enjoy reading this book and the story it told, I feel like it is rather disjointed. For more than two thirds of the story, everything is normal, and any kind of foreshadowing to other worldly and paranormal content is very sparse. So sparse that it feels like it simply did not belong. Had there been a stronger suggestion or thread in the plot to suggest that such paranormal changes were in fact going to be taking place later on in the story, I would not have felt like I was reading two separate stories within the binding of the same book. I also think that the relationship arcs that were created were rather abrupt. There really was no adjustment period or development between the characters. You did not get to watch them grow from one point to the next, which is the most beautiful part of the development of a story. The relationships instead hop from one extreme to the very polar opposite with no real warning or reasoning behind it, and your head is left spinning trying to understand the motive for not only the new and current feelings, but why they were so drastically different in the beginning. There was no great cause that induced the shift in both plot and character development, which is a shame.

I did very much appreciate and pick up on the symbolism that derives from the biblical sort throughout the story. I loved that Eve being tempted by the salesman very much imitated the biblical story of Eve being tempted by the serpent in the Garden of Eden. And this is only one such example of the biblical undertones that the story plays on. All allusions were very smartly placed and executed perfectly. There weren’t so blatantly obvious that you felt you were hearing the same story again, but delightful enough that if you knew where to look, this undercurrent of a theme added a really lovely layer to what could have easily been a very one dimensional story.

Even with the disjointed nature of the book, I still enjoyed the concept. I think that maybe if some of the smaller nuisances were explored and played upon, the book would be even that much better, but as it stands it was a nice read. I give this book 3 out of 5 morals. It was very easy to keep up with and was a nice, light read in which could be completed on a lazy afternoon. I hope the best for both the author and her work’s success and am thankful for the opportunity to have been able to review this work. This review was written in exchange for the book and is written honestly and without biased. I was not paid to write this review.

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