Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King

Being a reader who enjoys the typical cliche young adult books, I did not expect myself to like The Dust of 100 Dogs. A.S. King changed my perspective with her spine-chilling story of a female Irish pirate with a strong urge to sever the head of anyone who doubts her. "Emer tried a few of these things, and eventually found that she enjoyed ripping an eye from the men she killed. Especially the men who'd glared at her body. It was a way to remind them to never underestimate a woman, she figured." (217).

In the late seventeenth century, Emer Morrisey almost escapes the pirate life with her one true love, Seanie Carrol, and her treasure when the situation takes a turn of events and she is cursed with the dust of one-hundred dogs. Three centuries later, she’s reborn as Saffron Adams, a modern teenager awing people with her extensive knowledge of the Civil War. King pulls the reader directly into the story, allowing them to experience the characters’ hardships first-hand. King also includes multiple dog facts throughout the course of the book to correlate Emer's thoughts and actions as a human to them as a canine. "Humans want to conquer everyone they can, and buy everything they see. I think this is because humans have forgotten how to be happy. It's not their fault - it's not easy figuring our how to be happy in these days of anything but moderation." 

If not for Seanie Carrol, Emer would not have taken part in the pirate life. He was her one true love, and she plans to remain his although the chances of seeing him again are scarce.

Due to the author's non-traditional writing style, I didn't connect with the majority of the characters, especially Fred Livingstone. Fred is a deranged, delusion middle-aged man with unhealthy thoughts and being inside his head made me slightly uncomfortable. Overall, my experience of reading this book was great. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Dust of 100 Dogs and would recommend it to readers who enjoy books with a strong female lead and adventure.

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