Debris

Debris

by Jo Anderton

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Overview

Tanyana is among the highest ranking in her far-future society – a skilled pionner, able to use a mixture of ritual and innate talent to manipulate the particles that hold all matter together. But an accident brings her life crashing down around her ears. She is cast down amongst the lowest of the low, little more than a garbage collector. But who did this to her, and for what sinister purpose? Her quest to find out will take her to parts of the city she never knew existed, and open the door to a world she could never have imagined. 

File Under: Science Fiction [ Meets The Eye | Fantastic Journey | Hidden Powers | Life Meaning ]

e-book ISBN: 9780857661555

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857661531
Publisher: Angry Robot
Publication date: 10/28/2011
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Jo Anderton lives in Sydney, Australia, with her patient husband, faithful dog, one megalomaniac cat and one dumb-as-a-post cat. She'd rather be living on a big block of land in the country, so she can adopt more pets.

By day she is a mild-mannered marketing coordinator for an Australian book distributor. By night, weekends and lunchtimes she writes dark fantasy and horror.

Her short fiction has appeared in Aurealis, Midnight Echo, Kaleidotrope, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, and been reprinted in Australian Dark Fantasy and Horror Vol 3.

She was shortlisted for the 2009 Aurealis Award for best young adult short story. The author lives in Sydney, Australia.

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Debris 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
f-a-n-t-a-s-y on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just amazing! I couldn't stop turning the pages for the next disaster! It was refreshing break from my normal fantasy readings. It started off with a really sad and disappointing scenario- a girl named Tanyana who was highly skilled with her work with pions had just lost all of her identity. She lost her friends, her status, and her money. Truly you can¿t fall any more than that! What more she¿s been given a job that is considered the cities lowest of lowest careers. Being a debris collector really shook her up. It¿s like she woke up into her worst night mare. She gets suited into a silver ¿jewelry¿ also known as the suit. She ends up with life time scars, which were caused by her accident of falling from a statue palm 800 feet in the air. We follow her a bit more into the book and¿ oh my¿ the book is also a mini-romance. She falls in love with Devich the technician who suited her suit; the man shows great love to her till almost the very end. Throughout the book all the characters have been telling her that all these misfortunes are all about her very bad luck. This as far as I can tell is the plain old truth. When she became a debris collector she carried the highly skilled part of her old life, she became a very highly skilled debris collector. Tanyana was determined to get a 2nd chance at a tribunal during the story. It was that sole reason alone possibly that kept her running. The book always referenced the beginning of the story as her past life and the moment she became a debris collector as her current life. The book also clearly described her current life as poverty stricken and her past life as luxurious and wealthy.The story was some what slow paced the events were some-what spaced out. The book slowly rose to the climax but there after it took a faster pace down-hill. I enjoyed the background of story very much though. It almost seemed like the renaissance period. I recommend the book to someone of 13 years old and up. The book left some empty holes though. Having a 2nd book in-tow would seem reasonable. The book is absolutely fabulous for an author¿s first novel. You have to congratulate her for that. I would rate this book as a 7/10. I hope to see a sequel.
thewalkinggirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The problem with having the narrative in 1st person POV is that loads of internal dialog ranging in tone between bitter, self-righteous, whiny and (deliberately) clueless can create a truly irritating main character. Add to that muddled world-building (the whole pion binding thing still makes very little practical sense to me) and an unengaging plot stretched out over a few hundred seemingly-endless pages, and I did not enjoy this book at all.I tried, I really did. I wanted to find something to be positive about, but every time I would start to enjoy a scene (like Tanyana's first meeting with her team of debris collectors, where the flow was smoother and, thanks to actual external dialog, quicker) it would be followed by a confusing bit of action (like her first trip collecting debris with them) or a reminder that I didn't like any of the characters (Tanyana's first hookup with Devich: Given that I didn't like her and he squicked me out from his first appearance, that scene was both yuck and boring.).So, while I will give the author credit for crafting a story that incited a strong emotional reaction from me, unfortunately, that reaction was not a positive one. Largely, I think, because the mystery of what happened to Tanyana was so obvious from the first chapter that I kept waiting for someone to pick up on it so we could get on with the story already. And even when she started to figure it out (in the following quote taken from the last quarter of the story), it was too little, too late in terms of me caring anymore.Note: this is taken from the unfinished proof copy. "Bro!" Lad ran down the street, Sofia gasping in his wake, clutching her shoulder and dripping blood from her arm. "Angry, bro. So angry." ... But was Lad really talking about himself? I thought of the debris dancing with destruction like a cruel cat. The whack like a fist against my chest. Lad wasn't angry, was he? But the debris was."This review is based on a digital ARC received via NetGalley.
Snanagfashtalli More than 1 year ago
I believe this tale of physics meets magic is the start of a fantastic world. Ms. Anderton, you have a fan for life here.
Bibliotropic More than 1 year ago
Even if I hadn’t read a description of this novel that said it drew many themes from manga and anime, I would have been able to tell. It was quite easy to picture this entire novel as an anime, and to that end, the themes and imagery were quite clear and creative, and I would have very much enjoyed watching it. But some things that would be great visually don’t always transfer well to text, and I found this to be the case in a few instances of Debris Not that the novel was lacking or flawed in that sense, but I found myself thinking more than once that one scene or another would have made a better visual presentation than a textual one. This was particularly the case when it came to the character of Tanyana investigating debris. Many of the attacks and overloads of debris felt episodic rather than part of a flowing story, almost in the way that shows do when they fill half of their episodes of “new bad guy of the week” plots. Still, it’s quite clear that Anderton has a brilliantly creative mind, and really put the effort into world-building. Creating the history of the world with brief tie-ins to our own history, culture-building, creating rich and interesting characters; it was all there, and it was a treat to read. Her writing and smooth and moved the plot along quite easily, and in spite of the somewhat episodic segments of the story, the pacing was also quite good, pulling the reader in and building layers onto the mystery of pions, debris, and the puppet-men who watched over everything that was happening. Where it seemed Anderton fell down, though, was in foreshadowing. From the very beginning it was clear that Devich wasn’t all he appeared to be, and that although Tanyana had some friction with Kichlan (no rhyming pun intended), they were obviously going to sort it out and get involved with each other. Kichlan almost fit the “grumpy love interest” archetype to a T, and Devich practically wandered around carrying a sign reading, “I’m using you, Tanyana,” the entire time. Why Tanyana didn’t pick up on at least Devich’s motivations, I can’t say. She’s demonstrably not a stupid woman, but he practically tells her that he’s going to betray her at one point and she just brushes it off. Subtlty was not the name of the game in Debris, and it spoiled a bit of the reading for me. It’s hard to want to invest yourself in a character when you can’t help but wonder how she can be so uncharacteristically blind. Still, for the few flaws it had, it was still fun to read, and I enjoyed Anderton’s writing and creativity more than enough to want to read the sequel when it’s released. While this may not be the book for everyone, it definitely had strong merits that endeared me to it, and I enjoyed following the plot and trying to figure out the mystery of debris and pions alongside Tanyana. I would recommend this book mostly to fantasy fans who are accustomed to the plot and imagery found in anime, as I think that would help them appreciate it all the more, and to those fans who are looking for an easy and fun read that doesn’t lack for mystery and talent.
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