Sunstruck - a Young Adult Fantasy Adventure

Sunstruck – Young Adult Fantasy

In a scorched world where the sun can kill in minutes, nineteen-year-old Dustin scours the treacherous desert for water sources. Armed with the ancient water map he inherited from his grandfather, he seeks entry into the elusive Brotherhood of Waterfinders, an enigmatic group he believes holds the key to his missing brother’s whereabouts.

When he rescues Olivia, a mysterious ocean city girl, from a vicious group of bandits, he finds his water map stolen. Olivia offers her help to get it back, but Dustin suspects there is more to her than she lets on. Why would an ocean city girl venture so far into the desert, selling pendulums and dowsing rods? Is she a secret servant of the Brotherhood, or maybe even a water dowser herself?

In this gripping tale of survival, secrets, and the pursuit of hope, Dustin realizes that retrieving his water map is just the beginning of a much larger battle—one that will shape the destiny of their scorched world.

Can he save his brother, recover his water map and unravel Olivia’s mysteries in time?


An utterly readable tale… Bellis’s debut is a gripping YA fantasy featuring an authentic cast and atmospheric settings. The world is a dangerous place, especially during the day when the sun’s rays can kill in minutes. Nineteen-year-old Dustin is in possession of an ancient map, a family heirloom, he believes can help him locate water sources. When he saves Olivia, a mysterious ocean city girl, from a vicious group of bandits, he finds his water map stolen. Determined to find his map, he teams up with Olivia, unaware that’s just the beginning of a dangerous journey he will be forced to take. The fantasy world that Bellis creates is immaculate, and her characters are relatable and emotionally compelling. Olivia, for example, is an ocean city girl who turns out to be a total badass. Her complicated and turbulent bond with Dustin is thoroughly authentic, and the growth of their relationship as they face impossible dangers is rooted in reality. Third-person-point-of-view chapters from the protagonists allow readers to see varying perspectives and become invested in their individual stories. Addictive and intriguing.” ThePrairiesBookReview

Melissa Bellis knows how to work on all your senses. This fantasy adventure is one of those you can completely immerse yourself in. This is a true escape from reality, but also a very possible one at the same time. Like the shifting sands, you are carried forward, joining very relatable characters on their journey. There is death and thirst. There is sand between your teeth. There is survival, doubt, betrayal, and hope. I gladly recommend Sunstruck to anyone that enjoys fantasy adventures, whether you are young or old. I loved how the author ended the book. The possibility of another adventure for Dustin is hinted at, but it might not be one that is written down.” ―Readers’ Favorite

“Overall, Sunstruck offers a great balance of likable lead characters, an engrossing storyline, and great world-building. It is easy to get drawn into the story and there is never a dull moment as Dustin and Olivia’s journey takes them from one location to the next. Avid science fiction fans will also appreciate the nod to the classic Frank Herbert series, Dune, with the appearance of a terrifying sand-dwelling creature, but the story never feels derivative or predictable. Sunstruck is a book that will keep readers hooked until the very end and hopefully, this won’t be the last time Dustin and Olivia’s paths cross.”ManyBooks

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