Review: Dustwalker by Tiffany Roberts

Reviewed by Jen

My sci-fi romance glom continues with new-to-me author Tiffany Roberts. Dustwalker has really great reviews on Goodreads and Amazon, and though I didn’t love it the way some other readers did, I can say for the most part, I did like it.

Lara is a human who is barely scraping by in the dust-covered ruins of a post-apocalyptic world. The only person she has ever loved is her sister, Tabitha, who has gone missing, presumably with the “bot” who she’d become involved with. Lara, like so many other humans, hates bots. The only ones she has known were part of the “gearhead” crew who follow Warlord, the machine who runs the shantytown where she lives with an iron fist. Lara thinks all bots are like him. Until she meets Ronin.

Ronin in a different kind of bot and not just because he more resembles humans than the gearheads who like to show off their metal parts. He is a “dustwalker,” a scavenger in the wasteland outside the city. But when he spots Lara dancing one day, he is inexplicably taken with her. He doesn’t know why, but he can’t stop thinking about her and ultimately, he offers to take care of her if she is willing to dance for him every day. Despite her animosity towards his kind, she is in no position to turn down the food, shelter, and protection he offers.

So here’s the thing. I thought the set up was good. I liked the dual POVs and I thought the author did a good job making Ronin simultaneously feel like a man and a machine. But the segues are just so abrupt… not so much when they get physical, I guess. But (*spoiler alert*) they go from sharing a living space to sex to marriage in the blink of an eye. They’re in love and can’t live without each other immediately after that. I needed more time to buy in to all that.

The final third of the book is less about the romance than about the battle to overthrow Warlord and I was bit meh about that. I found myself skimming in the final chapters. But oh my gosh, the epilogue was just so… I don’t want to spoil it, but it left me crying like a baby.

Obviously, this wasn’t a five star read for me with the pacing issues and the insta-love, but there were enough good parts there that I enjoyed it overall and I’m glad I read it. Now I need to go find myself some Kleenex to recover from the ending.

Rating: B

Click to purchase: Amazon

by Tiffany Roberts
Release Date: July 15, 2017

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