Sunday 9 July 2023

Book Review: Red Dust, White Snow by Pan Huiting (Fantasy)

Title: Red Dust, White Snow
Author: Pan Huiting
Publisher: Fairlight Books
Publication Date: 17 August 2023
Pages: 126
Format: eBook - EPUB
Genre: Sci-Fi-Fantasy
Source: ARC via NetGalley

Who is to say dreams are insubstantial when whole lives can be lived in their pursuit?

When an office worker receives a mysterious device promising to transport her to a parallel universe, she assumes it is just another marketing stunt. That night, she visits a fantastical place in her dreams; on waking she returns to her normal life, only to return to the same dream the following night. At first she finds the ongoing dreams bizarre, but the more time she spends in the dream world, the less she wants to wake up. Yet as her fantasy begins to encroach on her waking life, dream and reality collide with drastic consequences.


Red Dust, White Snow was a fun, quick read that I finished in a single sitting. The premise was interesting with its blend of isekai fantasy and commentary on the increasing digitalisation of our lives, and I found myself swept up in the story right from the start. I enjoyed the narrative style and the inclusion of folklore and myth references that were already familiar to me from Korean and Chinese fantasy dramas. The only negative for me was that the ending felt mildly unsatisfying, but that aside this was an enjoyable 1 hour-read that was both entertaining and thought provoking, and I am giving it 4.5 stars.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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