Author: Shea Norwood
Genre: YA Paranormal Mystery
This book is the first in a series.
A CHILL RUNS THROUGH HIS SKIN AS THE PHANTOM APPEARS.
HE SEES THEM EVERYWHERE . . .
Eric Stark is not insane. Or at least he doesn’t think so. He wishes everyone in Dust, Texas, felt the same way. But that’s not going to happen since the whole town thinks he’s crazy. Why didn’t he keep his mouth shut?
No one understands. Eric is alone as he battles his sanity in a town of tormenters. Suddenly a new friendship emerges after the new kid, Kyle Barrett, moves to town.
Eric reluctantly reveals his secret. Is it a curse or a gift? He isn’t certain, but with Kyle by his side he finds the courage to seek the truth.
They soon realize that something sinister is descending on the residents of Dust.
Is it caused by Eric’s phantoms or is it something else? Is it connected to the mysterious death of hundreds of townspeople over sixty years ago? One thing is certain—only Eric and Kyle can save them.
They set out on a heart-pounding adventure and find themselves transported to a disturbed and deserted version of their small southern town. They quickly discover that this new world has mysteries of its own to uncover. What they find could prove more than they bargained for, and it only leads to more questions. Eric and Kyle must face a horrifying fact—they may never get out alive.
“We’re gonna die here,” Kyle muttered.
“I don’t believe that,” Eric said. “And neither do you.”
Will they survive their encounter with these dark and mysterious beings?
Will they find a way back home?
Or will they be lost forever?
The Vanished from Dust series is perfect for anyone who craves a hair-raising thriller packed with mystery and suspense. This paranormal story for young adults can be compared to Stand by Me, mixed with Odd Thomas, and a twist of The Dark Tower.
Vanished From Dust is an imaginative YA paranormal mystery that indeed, like the blurb mentioned, can be compared to a mix of Odd Thomas with some parts of The Dark Tower thrown in. The setting is interesting – Dust, a sleepy town in the middle of nowhere – and our protagonist is easy to relate to. Eric Stark, aforementioned protagonist, knows he’s not insane, although everyone else in town seems to think he is because he ‘sees’ things, and unfortunately he opened up about it…and now everyone knows.
Bullied and misunderstood, Eric is glad when he finally makes a new friend. Kyle, the new kid in town, is the only one who stands by him and believes him, and he gives him the courage to find the truth, and how it’s connected to the mysterious death of hundreds of townspeople sixty years ago.
More intriguing than the story – which held so many layers, and was so complex and interesting it completely blew me away – was the friendship between the two boys, Kyle and Eric, and how this friendship makes both of them stronger. The character development is definitely the strong point of this book.
I can only hope the author is already working on a sequel, because I want more.