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My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I really liked it!!!
***I won this audiobook in a giveaway this summer :)
The cover is definitely intriguing and I like her eyes and the sky especially :)
My son and I have been listening to audiobooks on the ipod I won over the summer since school started, and this is one of the audiobooks that I won with that ipod. I wasn’t sure what to expect when we started listening to this book since I didn’t look at the blurb prior to listening; I just knew it was YA and therefore okay to listen to with my son :)
Graeme has an amazing imagination to come up with a world like this where sailing on an ocean of dust can happen. I especially like how Lissa comes from a place more like our world with sailing, so we get her reactions and impressions to help us see what is going on. The descriptions and storyline was awesome, and I really can’t wait for more in this series. And according to his website, there is more coming which will make my son extremely happy because even he wants more, and he is harder to please :)
Lissa is such a strong and curious girl. I don’t know if I could be as brave as her given her kidnapping and subsequent troubles. She exhibits all the characteristics I would want my son to with being kind, loyal, and courageous. I’m annoyed with some of the characters thinking that because Lissa is a girl she is useless and can’t be intelligent. Thankfully, most of them redeemed themselves in the end for the most part. I really want to see what happens in Lissa’s next adventure with Branda.
I recommend this book to any adventure lovin’ soul from middle schooler to adult :)
Ocean of Dust is a tale that follows a young girl in another world named Lissa. She is kidnapped and forced to work as a galley girl aboard a ship sailing across an ocean made of dust. She is mistreated and disrespected most of the time, but she eventually realizes she has a magical connection to the ocean.
Lissa has an insatiable curiosity and often puts her nose where it doesn't belong, bringing her no end of trouble. She does learn some secrets that threaten the crew, but she doesn't act on them quick enough to make any difference. While the book tells us she has a perfect moral compass, she seems to lack wisdom or prudence. Thus, much of the violence and troubles she encounters were her own doing.
Speaking of violence, this book has no shortage of it. In fact, I would say it is over-the-top and completely overdone. Having Lissa endure round after round of beatings leads little to the story.
The plot was entertaining, though the action is mostly contained to the ship. There were quite a few slow parts that could have been removed with little impact on the story. However, I felt myself wanting to know what came next so the "page turner" factor is well there.
The world building was quite imaginative and interesting. I have certainly never read a story about an ocean made of dust, filled with magical creatures. We don't learn a whole lot about the various peoples of the world, or the lands, but what we do learn is enough to push the story forward.
The characters were also well developed and intriguing, though several were absolutely despicable. Unfortunately not all met an appropriate reckoning, but at least some justice was dealt out. Lissa grows well and learns to use her abilities to ultimately rescue the crew on several occasions.
I listened to the audiobook and felt the narrator did a good job. She had a good naive voice appropriate for Lissa, and did a fine job with the other voices as well.
Overall, this is an entertaining and imaginative story that follows the growth of Lissa and the ship's crew, but one that is dark and brutal with some unnecessary violence and some slow pacing. It is, however, a memorable experience that is worth trying.
NOTE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.