- Paperback: 325 pages
- Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing (Dec 26 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1634221583
- ISBN-13: 978-1634221580
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.9 x 21.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 340 g
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Reduced To Dust Paperback – Dec 26 2015
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About the Author
Gabrielle Arrowsmith was born to her loving parents on August 16th, 1988. She grew up in the small town of Ham Lake, MN enjoying soccer, school, and adventuresome play with her brother and cousins.
As she grew older, her desire to write led her to fill many diaries and notebooks with her thoughts, poems, stories, and scripts. Her other childhood hobbies included reading, playing soccer, acting, and playing piano.
Gabrielle recalls high school as the time when she first believed in the worth of her writing. Her AP Language and Literature course both challenged and celebrated her craft. She aimed for perfection in this course, but only so much as to allow time for her other college-level courses, soccer, track, NHS, and school plays. She graduated in 2006, earning Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction recognition and the Triple A Award for outstanding performance in academics, athletics, and arts.
In 2009, Gabrielle graduated summa cum laude from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN where she earned a degree in Elementary Education. She played collegiate soccer for the Saints, held work-study positions, acted in theater productions, and volunteered often.
Gabrielle is currently teaching and pursuing her passion for storytelling through writing and acting. She enjoys reading, playing and coaching soccer, and spending time with family, friends, and her adorable pets!
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Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
It pretty much picks up where the second book ends. From the first page it is non stop action. It is fast paced and you can't help but keep reading. There are some surprises that will make you gasp, and a major one close to the end of the book. The ending is phenomenal and the epilogue just caps it off.
Overall, the author couldn't have written a better finale than what you'll read. I was thoroughly engrossed in this series from the first few pages in book one. All three books were well written, the world building and descriptions were well defined, and the characters intriguing. I highly recommend this series if you like dystopian stories.
I fell in love with the protagonist, Sydney, and mourned right along with her through all of her trials and losses as chapter after chapter brought on more than I believed any human could stand. She grew from the burdened teenage girl in Concealed in Shadows worried about getting custody of her sister Evie to the courageous you woman who fights not only for her loved ones but for others as well.
I highly recommend this trilogy.
The title is pretty apt--I liked how it was pulled into the story in an unexpected way toward the end. I love when titles have a different meaning after the end of the story.
The twists continued from the previous book, and I loved how the commander became a deeper character throughout (even while I disliked him). Sydney's feelings felt real, and I enjoyed seeing how she reacted as events changed her life (both for better and worse). I enjoyed seeing how the world changed through the actions of Sydney and all of her friends.
I was happy to see more of the relationship between Sydney and her sister, Evvie, develop, but I was still left wanting more. I did like how she continued to meet new characters and develop relationships with them, as well as discovering some signs of betrayal.
Religious references, while present in earlier books, seemed more prevalent in this book. This isn't a make-or-break issue for me, but it might be for others. It stood out because I felt this was a little inauthentic for Sydney, mostly because she hadn't revealed much interest in religion until the second book (and even then, it was through another character's interest). Since she had been orphaned relatively young and was busy raising her sister, it didn't seem like there would have been time for her to become very religious. That said, it did make me wonder whether and how churches (among other religious rites) survived in this world, and it would not have been believable for Christianity to completely disappear in the short span (about 18 years) that preceded this new world order.
Overall, I heartily recommend this trilogy for fans of dystopian fiction. Wonderful read!