Dustborn

Erin Bowman. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99 (432p) ISBN 978-0-358-24443-1
Bowman (The Girl and the Witch’s Garden) sets fierce challenges for implied white protagonist Delta of Dead River, 17, as she struggles across the postapocalyptic desert Wastes, searching for her pack and for the mythical Verdant, a “green paradise” to which Delta has an unreadable map branded on her back. Venturing from her pack’s settlement at Dead River with her pregnant elder sister, Indie, Delta seeks medical attention from a healer. When Indie doesn’t survive childbirth, grieving Delta returns home with Baby, only to find that her entire pack has been killed or kidnapped. She suspects the kidnappers were looking for her because of the map scarred into her skin when she was five. With few supplies and Baby in tow, Delta heads through the hot, barren land, hoping to reach the sanctuary of Powder Town, until she, too, is captured by The General’s minions—including Asher, a boy who was once part of her pack and who also bears a secret map brand. Bowman skillfully portrays the privation and grief that Delta bears, alongside her determination to overcome each obstacle. Absorbing world-building propels this fast-paced adventure, which has crossover appeal and series potential. Ages 12–up. Agent: Sara Crowe, Pippin Properties. (Apr.)
Reviewed on : 04/01/2021
Release date: 04/20/2021
Genre: Children's
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