DUST CITY: Reviews

Dust City

“The premise is fractured fairy tale, but the play is pure noir: Chinatown via the Brothers Grimm.”


“Clever use of iconic characters and fairytale symbols against a hardboiled backdrop contribute to Weston’s distinctive and highly imaginative mise en scène.”

Publishers Weekly

“Think of the children’s books you read as a child, where the animals wore clothes and walked on two legs and were human in every way but looks. Now take those images and put them into Batman’s Gotham City, and that’s the setting for Dust City.”


“Weston has created a tightly paced mystery, a coming of age story, and a vivid fantasy…Dust City is a winner.”

Quill and Quire

“Weston deftly tucks his fairy-tale tropes into this thought-provoking mystery.”

Kirkus Reviews

Dust City is the Grimm Fairy Tales as imagined by Guy Ritchie.”

The National Post

Dust City has all the trappings of noir storytelling—except that its characters are wolves, foxes, and ravens, and the illicit drug eating away at the populace is an intoxicating form of fairy dust. It’s as if James Ellroy were one of the Brothers Grimm.”

The Georgia Straight

“A must add to any urban fantasy enthusiast’s bookshelf!”

Novels Now

“So many of the young adult books that I read are so similar. Shortly after finishing them I can’t remember which story went with which title or which characters belonged in which book. This is not the case with Dust City.”

I Am a Reader, Not a Writer

“Dust City is a clever, imaginative piece of fiction, and I loved every minute of it. The more I think about this book, the more I fall in love with it.”

Amanda’s Books and More

“Weston’s book is dark, gritty, and violent, but stands out from many on the YA shelf with it’s fairy-tale inspired twist. Fairy tales were always scary, but Weston updates the issues and ideas, creating a gritty novel that will resonate with today’s teens.”

Reading for Ladies and Gentlemen of Quality

“Dust City is one of those novels that can be enjoyed on several levels, and which says as much about the dark underbelly of our world today as it does about those old stories, which first caught our imagination almost two-hundred years ago.”

CBC Radio

“This novel will appeal to both reluctant and voracious readers, whether they’re teens or adults, so go to your local bookstore or find it online. But whatever you do or however you find it, make sure you read Dust City!”

YA Bookshelf

“Dust City will appeal to Gaiman, Gorey, Hurley, or Burton fans, or anyone who wants a bit of sharp teeth with their nighttime fractured fairy tale.”

Fiendishly Bookish

“Read it because it is gripping, clever, richly imagined and thematically complex.”

Guys Lit Wire

“Dust City is so creative. The mix of different fairy tale characters and story lines is amazing. As soon as I read the first page I was hooked. These wolves aren’t the typical wolves we’ve seen in fantasy novels lately, so if you are in the mood for something unique, give this one a try.”

Teens Read Too

“Weston has a talent for relating to YA readers without dumbing-down his vocabulary and his writing style is fast-paced—once the story got going, there was no holding back.”

Gobshites and Eejits

“A realistic and raw look at life after the fairies are gone. I’d definitely recommend this one to fans of urban fantasy, dark fantasy, and fantasy in general. Sink your teeth into Dust City.”

Lost For Words

“This is not your kid sister’s Cinderella retelling. This book has the fairytale version of heroin addicts, drug runners, genocide, caste systems, and genetic experimentation. It is hardcore; it is badass; and it is dark, dark dark. Kudos to Weston for finally writing a story worthy of the Brother’s Grimm fables he satirizes.”

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