February 9, 2013

Title: Ocean of Dust
Author: Greme Ing
Publisher: self published
Published: November 3, 2012
Pages: 282

From the Publisher: Fourteen-year old Lissa is snatched from her home and finds herself a slave on a trading ship traveling on a waterless ocean of nothing but gray dust. A feisty, curious and intelligent girl, her desire to explore the ship earns her the hatred of the cruel first officer, Farq.

Fascinated by the ocean of dust, Lissa becomes embroiled in its mysteries, sensing things that the crew cannot, while cryptic whispers in her head are leading her toward a destiny linked to the dust itself. Only one man aboard can help her make sense of her new talent, but can she trust him? All is not as it seems, and she must unravel the clues before it’s too late.

When a sinister plot casts her adrift on the barren ocean, her best friend is left in the hands of the treacherous crew. Everything hinges upon her courage, quick wits, and her ability to master her new talent.

**A copy of this book was received
but that did not influence the review**

First Thoughts: That was wild! The author’s imagination is amazing. The whole concept an ocean made out of dust was beautiful and terrifying. I was totally swept away into this magical and dangerous world.

The Story: Lissa, a 14 year old girl, gets captured by thugs along with Lyndon and Pete. They are taken aboard a ship and forced to work-forever.  Lissa ends up assigned to help the cook, but can’t help but ask questions and explore. The life aboard is beyond horrible and cruel, but she is amazed by the ocean, made of a gray dust. She is able to sense colors and hear voices that no one else does and is determined to find out why. This book tells her journey.

Lissa: She is a very strong girl who thinks fast on her feet and is quite good at EVERYTHING. She is brave, even though many times I was biting my nails worried she would end up getting herself into trouble! I really liked her the entire time, though.

Secondary characters: So many to love, so many to hate, and so many to wonder about…I don’t want to say more because part of the enjoyment of this story is to getting to know the crew.

Twists and Turns: There were no major ones, I could tell from the beginning who was truly evil. I think there was enough excitement just reading about them all fighting to survive. Any more adrenaline would have put me over the edge!

Any Gripes? Well, this is purely personal preference and not really a fault of the novel. I need some romance in my books, even if it’s just a twinkling in the background. Lissa was 14, but honestly she could have easily been 17 or 21 with how mature she was. I wish there was someone aboard the ship she had an interest in, even if there was no time for love. Just knowing it was there would have sealed the deal for me with this book. Frankly, my wish is that if the captain or navigator were younger and Lissa were older it would have been TOTALLY appropriate. However, she was written at age 14 and clearly romance just isn’t in the cards for her yet.

The Ending? I loved it! It was even happier than I expected. Yay!

Rec it? If you love an action packed story with characters you can’t help but adore, this is for you. Even without the romantic element (which I’m addicted to!) I loved this story. A definite add to you TBR list!

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