Where Honesty Never Ends.
You were first introduced to Casey Prism’s thoughts in The Dr. Pepper Prophecies. Now she is back again, to see all sides, of Dustland Requiem. Casey, take it away!
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”– Pablo Picasso
Don’t let the title fool you, while there’s quite a bit of dust in this book, not for a second does it have time to settle.
The majority of the story takes place in Mexico, hence its titled reference. It paints a picture of life in a less fortunate part of the world where law enforcement is practically non-existent and money does not abound. There’re frequent run-ins with the diabolical banditos, the obvious plague of the story.
There’s some romance and loss thrown in, along with a love triangle, already executed and hinting towards the possibility of flipping back. Following this group of friends and family, Dustland Requiem takes the reader on a definite adventure.
Things I really liked about this book:
First, it was a story that kept me interested. At no point while reading it, did I think to myself that it was lagging. I didn’t have to fight to finish it. That always scores major points for me at least. The characters were very distinguished, and well established. This means that they’re believable and likeable (or hate-able depending on the character, of course).
Things that (in my humble opinion) took away from the book:
Initially, I became confused over some of the characters in the story.
Allow me to explain: Each chapter is focused on a different character throughout. I’m not a huge fan of this to begin with, but when it meshes well, I can ignore it.
So it kind of irked me when it became such a big thing with this book, because at times, my head was spinning and I felt a little lost.
Then, I had an epiphany. There’s no real main character. There’s tons of kick-ass, great characters, but none seem to be the MAIN character.
There’s also a great deal of violence, which was graphically portrayed, and it did add to the story greatly, though I felt a disclaimer would be nice.
Verdict: I rate this 7 out of 10 TRB Stars.
Overall, I thought that Dustland Requiem was a worthy read. After some research (and a whole lot of suspicion,) I found its predecessor’s named Roaming Cadenza.
Roaming Cadenza: Also Available on Amazon
I wish I’d read it first, because though the first book is explained, it’s kind of a lot of information to take in and I think reading the first book would’ve enhanced my experience with Dustland Requiem.
So my recommendation? Go grab the first book and give them both a ride.
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