Dustin Stevens


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Smashwords book reviews by Dustin Stevens

  • Train to Nowhere on Feb. 18, 2014

    For those that enjoy classic literature situations - good vs. evil, pressures of not fitting in, social injustice, class pressures - Train to Nowhere is exactly what they are wanting. For those that like those situations with a twist, Train to Nowhere delivers in a big way. Train to Nowhere follows two estranged brothers, Garland and Hedge. They begin in opposite worlds and through a series of events stretching back decades are forced to switch places. What ensues is each trying to find a way in their new surroundings, full of all the usual self-doubt and uncertainty that comes with it. What really sets this book apart though is the world that Ms. Piper has created. These are recognizable and relatable ordeals the characters face, but they are delivered in a manner that keeps the reader wanting more. The settings, from the interior of the Silver Snake to the plains of the Nomads, are relayed with vivid detail and the characters are well-developed and unique. An enjoyable read from start to finish. Highly recommended.
  • Finnegan's Quest on Feb. 18, 2014

    At its most basic level, Finnegan’s Quest is a tale of an earnest young fox out to find his way in the world. Armed only with a list of well-intentioned guidelines from his mother, Finnegan makes his way to Squiggly Woods, a delightful forest home to a wide array of critters, both big and small. Soon upon arrive he meets a wise and sage Crow that helps him maneuver forest life, eventually finding the mentor he’s so desperately been seeking and discovering a great deal about himself along the way. It doesn’t take long for the reader though to discover that there is much more meaning layered into the story. The author has done a masterful job of creating a societal hierarchy that most everyone can identify with, whether they be in school, work, or even politics. Along the way, she injects problems and issues that all have encountered at some point, making this book relatable to readers of all ages and backgrounds. The author covers a lot of ground in a limited number of pages, offering thoughts and ideas that everyone can embrace. Highly recommended reading.