DUST Giveaway

Posted September 6, 2010 by Jen in Giveaway Tags: , ,

Release Date: September 7, 2010
Publisher: The Berkley Group (Penguin)
ISBN: #978-0-441-01928-1
Genre: Young Adult – Paranormal/Zombies
Format: Hardcover

Nine years ago, Jessie had a family.
Now, she has a gang.
Nine years ago, Jessie was a vegetarian.
Now, she eats very fresh meat.
Nine years ago,
Jessie was in a car crash and died.
Nine years ago, Jessie was human.
Now, she’s not.

After she was buried, Jessie awoke and tore through the earth to arise, reborn, as a zombie. Jessie’s gang is the Fly-by-Nights. She loves the ancient, skeletal Florian and his memories of time gone by. She’s in love with Joe, a maggot-infested corpse. They fight, hunt, dance together as one—something humans can never understand. There are dark places humans have learned to avoid, lest they run into the zombie gangs.

But now, Jessie and the Fly-by-Nights have seen new creatures in the woods—things not human and not zombie. A strange new illness has flamed up out of nowhere, causing the undeads to become more alive and the living to exist on the brink of death. As bits and pieces of the truth fall around Jessie, like the flesh off her bones, she’ll have to choose between looking away or staring down the madness—and hanging onto everything she has come to know as life…

This is synopsis of a new Young Adult book by Joan Frances Turner, titled DUST.

Thanks to the folks at Berkley Publishing Group (Penguin), I have 3 copies of this exciting new release to giveaway! (books will be mailed directly from publisher)

Contest Rules:

* Answer the following question by leaving a comment at the end of this post: Are Zombies evil creatures or just misunderstood undead?

* Comments accepted between Monday Sept. 6 and Friday Sept. 10, 2010 11:59PM EDT.

* Open to US residents only.

* Winner will be selected using random.org and posted on my blog shortly after the end of the contest. Winners will have 3 days to contact me with their mailing address. If a winner does not contact me within the allotted time, a new winner will be selected.


My right arm fell off today. Lucky for me, I’m left-handed.

In the accident that killed me I rocketed from the back seat straight through the windshield–no seatbelt, yeah, I know–and the pavement sheared my arm to nothing below the shoulder. Not torn off, but dangling by thin, precious little bits of skin and bone and ligament. I had a closed casket, I’m sure of it, because they never wired the arm or glued it or any other pretty undertaker trick. I managed to crawl back out of the ground without its help anyway, and of course after nine perfectly uneventful years of fighting and dancing and hunting and getting by fine with the left arm, the right finally shuffles its coil right on the banks of the Great River County Park’s not-so-Great River, smack in the middle of a meat run. Joe, my boy, my backup, was not sympathetic in the least….

Be sure to check back tomorrow for my review of DUST.

21 responses to “DUST Giveaway

  1. I think Zombies can be evil, but mostly are misunderstood. For example – my favorite zombie, Billy from Hocus Pocus, was assumed evil because 1. the witches were he ones who raced him from the dead and 2. he was the undead. But, in truth we find him to be a good soul and even helps the kids out. It all depends 🙂 .
    Good luck everyone!

  2. I tend to think that they’re more misunderstood than evil, but because they’re generally made for evil purposes they become evil. Does that make sense?

    autumn. crochet @ gmail .com

  3. Definitely misunderstood – they can’t help by eat flesh, which I wouldn’t really call evil. We will be seeing more books and movies in the near future that deal with the zombie point of view, and many that will show them be an almost-respected part of society. Heck, we’ll even see zombies in romantic relationships soon.


  4. Totally depends on the Zombie in question. Until recently I would have said ewwwwwww. But there are a new breed of zombie rising and I must admit to being intrigued.

  5. I think zombies are misunderstood. They just want brains. Maybe if someone could come up with synthetic brains (like how vampires have synthetic blood).

    Sara M
    sara_UFblog [at] yahoo [dot] com

  6. Typically depends on what kind of zombie, are they undead biologically created or created by sorcery? But I would say generally EVIL! Do not try to understand a zombie you must run!!! But if zombies are just victims of necromancy then its not their fault!


  7. Both. Misunderstood because no one spends much time trying to understand them. Evil, because evil is just a normative term humans use to label things they don’t believe are right, good, or acceptable.

  8. Zombies are just like living people, some are misunderstood and some, well… It’s the whole “brains” thing. No one wants to be around someone constantly moaning about brains. However, no one wants to be around someone whining about their hamburger or chicken fingers. Can’t we all just get along…

  9. I think by definition they are brain-eating monsters, so I’m going with evil. However, it looks like an interesting twist and look forward to reading the book.

  10. Well, that would depend on which zombie story you are going by. Sometimes they are portrayed as hapless creatures, and sometimes as terrifyingly evil. I prefer evil!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

  11. I think zombies can be a mix of evil and undead it really just depends on what you’re reading. I like to read about zombies trying to fit in like in the Generation Dead books but I also like to see them killed in humorous ways like in the movie Zombieland.