By Emma Berquist
Source Received from the publisher
Published by Greenwillow
on April 10, 2018
Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Cover image and synopsis from Goodreads:
Ten years ago, a horrifying disease began spreading across the West Texas desert. Infected people—shakes—attacked the living and created havoc and destruction. No one has ever survived the infection. Daisy Wilcox, known as Willie, has been protecting her siblings within the relatively safe walls of Glory, Texas. When Willie’s good-for-nothing father steals a fortune from one of the most dangerous shake-hunters in town, she finds herself on the hook for his debt. With two hunters, including the gruff and handsome Ben, to accompany her, she sets out across the desert in search of her father. But the desert is not kind to travelers, and not everyone will pass through alive.
Western meets horror for this riveting story about survival, family, and inner strength. Tense, short chapters propel readers from one action-packed scene to the next, while Willie’s distinctive, introspective voice deepens the emotional stakes with every turn of the page. High concept and character-driven, Emma Berquist’s debut will satisfy fans of The Magnificent Seven, Rae Carson’s Walk on Earth a Stranger, and HBO’s Westworld.
I was so excited to read this book! Desert and family and the undead = my kind of book!
I liked this book a lot. It was a YA western horror, and I have learned that I am super into that kind of book!
I really liked Willie, the setting, the journey she had to take, and there were some really awesome, creepy scenes. There was a little bit of romance too, and I liked the sibling relationships.
I would really like to read a sequel to this book. The end of the book was totally fine and satisfying, but I liked the world enough that I could read another story about Willie as a shake hunter.