Sara's Review: Dustwalker by Tiffany Roberts
ARC PUBLISHER: TIFFANY ROBERTS RELEASED: July 15, 2017 GENRE: SCIFI, FANTASY ROMANCE LENGTH: 467 pages FORMAT: EBOOK
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A SYNTH SEARCHING FOR PURPOSE…
Walk. Scavenge. Destroy. Trade. A simple cycle that’s suited Ronin for one hundred and eighty-five years. With no clear grasp of his programming, the barren wasteland known as The Dust offers him purpose, a place where his armored undercasing, amped-up processors, and advanced optics can be put to use. The ramshackle towns on the edges of the waste serve merely as resupply stations between increasingly long treks. But one night — one human woman — makes him question everything.
A WOMAN WHO BRINGS HIM TO LIFE…
Lara Brooks struggles to survive under the strict rules imposed by the bots in Cheyenne. With her sister missing, she’s been on her own for weeks, and fears the worst. Her only hope comes from Ronin, a bot she catches spying on her. He promises to provide for Lara and search for her sister. All she has to do is dance. It should be easy; she’s done it before. But the longer she spends with Ronin, the harder it is to see him as just another bot.
A SANCTUARY HIDING DARK SECRETS…
In a city where humans are relegated to live in squalor, Ronin discovers a threat greater than any in the Dust — Warlord, Cheyenne’s tyrannical leader. When Ronin ignores the rules, he unwittingly puts Lara in danger. Warlord is as intolerant of disrespect as he is of mankind. FIVE (HUGE) BOUNDLESS STARS
I voluntarily received an ARC of Dustwalker in exchange for an honest review. Every so often a book will touch me on such a fundamental level that it will break me down to a sobbing mess. I am not talking a little tear here or there, I am talking big bawling, snotty mess. By the end, that is what Dustwalker did, and it was worth it!
This is a post-apocalyptic tale unlike any I’ve read before. The world and character building are vivid and complex. I could feel the dust through the pages, I could see the barren wasteland. I knew what utter desperation Lara's life was until Ronin came into it.
“The inhabitants of the old world were fond of boundaries, it seemed. Their reward had been the boundless Dust.”
Dustwalkers touches on some great concepts that I have read in other stories but never put in such a complex form.
“Was that the purpose of life? Was it simply a transient state between creation and destructions, birth and death, existence and non-existence? A thing made more precious by its very frailty, made more miraculous because it had survived overwhelming odds, a thing that defied the universe by simply being.”
In Dustwalker that sentiment seemed true for all those in the world. Along with this one.
“Bots were created to endure,”…..”Sometimes it seems like humans were created to suffer.”
Lara and Ronin's story was truly an epic tale of love through diversity. It didn’t matter that she was human and he was a bot, they found love. Regardless of what anyone thought or that is was forbidden. The loved and risked it all to be together.
“Your life is my purpose”
I am totally in love with Dustwalker. This is a story that will stick with me and I will most likely read it again and again. So, of course, it is getting 5 HUGE Boundless Stars.