Dustborn by Erin Bowman//Blog Tour

Hello! Welcome to my stop on the Dustborn Blog Tour! This is my first tour with The Book Terminal and it was great to work with the team!

Here is the tour schedule, I discovered some great blogs while reading through the other stops!

Dustborn by Erin Bowman

Pages: 422
Genres: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Young Adult
Publication: Date: April 20th, 2021
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Delta of Dead River sets out to rescue her family from a ruthless dictator rising to power in the Wastes and discovers a secret that will reshape her world in this postapocalyptic Western mashup for fans of Mad Max and Gunslinger Girl.

Delta of Dead River has always been told to hide her back, where a map is branded on her skin to a rumored paradise called the Verdant. In a wasteland plagued by dust squalls, geomagnetic storms, and solar flares, many would kill for it—even if no one can read it. So when raiders sent by a man known as the General attack her village, Delta suspects he is searching for her. 

Delta sets out to rescue her family but quickly learns that in the Wastes no one can be trusted—perhaps not even her childhood friend, Asher, who has been missing for nearly a decade. If Delta can trust Asher, she just might decode the map and trade evidence of the Verdant to the General for her family. What Delta doesn’t count on is what waits at the Verdant: a long-forgotten secret that will shake the foundation of her entire world.

My rating: 3.5

Dustborn by Erin Bowman exceeded any expectations I had for it! I was shocked at every turn of the page, nothing happened the way I expected it to!

The worldbuilding and settings are so simple yet so complicated. In each part of this book (divided into five parts) a new layer of the world is revealed, all while keeping it easy to understand. The map at the front is BEAUTIFUL and just how I envisioned while reading.

The plot was one of the most unpredictable I have ever read! I was engaged the whole time and read most of this in one sitting. I loved Bowman’s desriptions of the desolate desert plant!

The characters are so wonderful, the good ones at least.

I feel right into step with Delta, her story, her voice, and her passion. I related to her in that I needed someone to look up to and her selflessness.

“Women who inspire me to be more than I ever dreamed.”

Asher was one of the unexpected parts of this book. I had no clue when he would come into the story, but I was so glad he did.

The bad guy, he was bad. I know this sounds simple, but it takes a lot for me to consider someone bad. His story and how he ended up as the General was so genius and I savored every part of the big reveal and each break-taking scene he was in.

Dustborn felt a little slow at first, but once things picked up, they kept going! I really enjoyed the writing style, it was descriptive, but not overly so and flowed it a way that was easy to undetstand.

The small romance element of this was perfectly well done to just the right amount and was a slow burn in the best possible way.

This story was so much fun to follow and I will certainly be reading more of Bowmans novels!

My mood board:

Author info:


Erin Bowman is the critically acclaimed author of numerous books for children and teens, including the Taken Trilogy, Vengeance RoadRetribution Rails, the Edgar Award-nominated Contagion duology, The Girl and the Witch’s Garden, and the forthcoming Dustborn. A web designer turned author, Erin has always been invested in telling stories—both visually and with words. Erin lives in New Hampshire with her husband and children

Links: GoodReads Amazon

Thank you so much for reading! Is Dustborn on your to-read? Have you read it?


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