Monday, February 21, 2011
The Dust of 100 Dogs is one of the most innovative and unexpected books in the YA genre. King realistically portrays the good and ugly sides of life for both Emer and Saffron, jumping back and forth between the two time periods. Emer's life was rough, and King doesn't withhold the gritty details of life for the Irish in the seventeenth century or the dangers a young woman alone in the world faced. Saffron's life isn't always pleasant either, despite living in the relative comfort of the twentieth century. Her family has high hopes for her and expects her to go to college, become a doctor, and support them financially. Saffron copes with her general frustration with life and people who irritate her by imagining torturing them in brutal ways. It's a bit of a morbid mannerism, but it is believable in her, and solidifies her character. The book is especially gripping towards the end as Saffron faces long-time enemies and grapples with her identity and her memories, and what they mean for her now, in the present. The ending, like the entire book, may be a tad bit unexpected, but it really is perfect. King is a talented, impeccable writer who manages to make the most unlikely of connections between her characters and reader—don't miss The Dust of 100 Dogs!
Cover Comments: Ah, this cover is so perfect! I love the color scheme, the title font, the skull, the girl...what's not to love?
Digital copy purchased--this one is cheap on Kindle!