"He could name this brain silence, one of the basic survival reactions to threat, the one that comes after fight and flight, there to protect the prey from the hunter by freezing all movement. He could see the explanation on the page, exactly as it had been when he had first read it, an oil smudge from someone else's food beside it in the margin."

KATE is a woman who chooses to work in Pakistan. She creates a second family for herself, far from the cherished warmth of her parents in rural Suffolk, their surrounding soft landscape in stark contrast to the raw land and humanscape of a remote corner of the northwest Himalayas. Kate then disappears and the worlds of genteel English countryside and harsh Gilgit collide in the search for a lost aid worker.

"It's to keep the devil away, a sort of vaccination against disaster and hell, ' she said. Every time she said something like that, he felt like the new boy all over again. It was not because of what she said, but that she had to say it at all, still explaining the way things were."

October 26, 2021  |  310 pages
(Read from Nov 7, 2021 to Nov 9, 2021)
Grade: B+    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 50% Literature, 50% Entertainment
Writing Quality:
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Movie Potential:
Low High

Low High
Sequel Potential:
Low High
Dust is a story of survival and hope amidst a bleak landscape. It did take me a while to get into the story as the first several chapters hopped back and forth between characters and took large hops back and forth in time. This style created a sense of chaos and confusion in the beginning that mirrored the feelings of Kate, her parents, coworkers and friends. As the timeline settles on bouncing back and forth between Kate's current role in Pakistan and her parents I was fully immersed