A lush, dazzlingly original young adult fantasy about an epic clash of witches, gods, and demons.
Elysium, Oklahoma, is a town like any other. Respectable. God-fearing. Praying for an end to the Dust Bowl. Until the day the people of Elysium are chosen by two sisters: Life and Death. And the Sisters like to gamble against each other with things like time, and space, and human lives. Elysium is to become the gameboard in a ruthless competition between the goddesses. The Dust Soldiers will return in ten years' time, and if the people of Elysium have not proved themselves worthy, all will be slain.
Nearly ten years later, seventeen-year-old Sal Wilkinson is called upon to lead Elysium as it prepares for the end of the game. But then an outsider named Asa arrives at Elysium's gates with nothing more than a sharp smile and a bag of magic tricks, and they trigger a terrible accident that gets both Sal and Asa exiled into the brutal Desert of Dust and Steel. There Sal and Asa stumble upon a gang of girls headed by another exile: a young witch everyone in Elysium believes to be dead. As the apocalypse looms, they must do more than simply tip the scales in Elysium's favor—only by reinventing the rules can they beat Life and Death at their own game in this exciting fantasy debut.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - krau0098 - LibraryThing
Series Info/Source: This is a stand alone book. I got an eGalley to review through NetGalley. Story (5/5): This was an amazing book. The whole story has this fantasy dust bowl type of feel to it ... Read full review
Elysium GirlsUser Review - Publishers Weekly
Debut author Pentecost’s ambitious Dust Bowl–inspired dystopia pulses with dramatic scenes. After a 1935 dust storm decimates the Oklahoma Panhandle, Goddesses Life and Death challenge those remaining ... Read full review
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