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Dust (Jacob's Ladder Series #1)

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    The colony ship was traveling through space for hundreds of years when explosions almost destroyed it. They traveled to the nearest planet in hopes of making repairs, but too much damage was sustained to too many systems. To make the situation even direr, the sun they orbit is starting to go supernova. Five centuries later, the artificial intelligence that enabled the captain to guide the people into safety splinters into fragments called angels, each with a different propose. --- The crew from the ship has become the Exalts, near immortals with a symbiotic life form inside them that grants them superior powers. The Mean are normal people who have become a servant class. Rien, raised as a Mean, rescues the Exalt Sir Perceval only to learn she is her sister. Perceval transfers some of her symbiote into Rien. They trek to Engine hoping to prevent a war between Engine and the House of Rule as these sisters are the only hope left if this world is to survive. --- The Exalts still live on the ship believing that it still can be fixed. The Angels have distinct personalities as each gained a segment of the AI. Rien and Perceval know they must stop a war that seems inevitable to do so they must understand the various Angelic personalities, find a competent captain, and learn a way to survive the supernova. Elizabeth Bear creates a world filled with vast characters that in spite of the science fiction origins of its people seems believable. That is the essence of the Great bear universe. --- Harriet Klausner

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    Posted August 18, 2013

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  • Posted January 29, 2012

    I like the first two books in the series enough to buy the third!

    I have read three of her books so far and find them fascinating. It might be five stars to some people, but four stars is a very, very high rating in my mind. I doubt you can go wrong with her offerings.

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  • Posted May 25, 2010

    Interesting idea, great characters, shaky execution

    Dust is a new take on the generation ship idea. The basic premise and the revelations that are revealed about the world and its people and purpose is truly engaging. My biggest problem with the book was that it is billed as, and tries to be "hard sci-fi", but doesn't quite make the cut. Usually this wouldn't be a major issue, but the world, the characters and plot really depend on the sci-fi technology. As such, some major plot developments get a bit glossed over and stylized rather than fully explained. All in all a worthwhile read, but a touch disappointing.

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  • Posted April 19, 2009

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    What a story!

    Orbiting a dying sun a colony of cultists are on the edge of destruction as their ship lays in ruin and the inhabitants are set against themselves. Those that live in Engine are heralded as monsters. They war with the ship's nobility who reside on the Bridge.The nobility of the ship have descended from the ship's original pilot. The inhabitants of the ship are engineered and enhanced and the truth of what they really are and where they come from is only the beginning for a fallen angel from Engine, a servant girl in the noble's house and an entity that is derived from a fragment of God who calls himself Jacob Dust. God is dead and Dust is all that remains can he, the servant, and the angel save them all? The story was definatley a novelty. I have never read anything like it. I enjoyed how the author takes us into the mind of the cult and what lead them to the stars. I had some issues with how simple the servant girl seemed but her naivete didn't hinder the progression of the story lines very much.

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