Down to Dirt

Down to Dirt


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Down to Dirt by Kevin Killiany

Dirt is for losers.

It’s 2021, and humanity has been in space for half a century. Cities dot Luna, colonies are spreading across Mars, and ships are being built to explore deep space. Sixteen-year-old Mara Duval, born and raised on Tombaugh Space Station, is training to be part of humanity’s first mission to the moons of Jupiter.

Life in space is full of opportunities... but not for everyone.

Some are condemned to live their lives on dirt—a place everyone knows but no one mentions. Dirt is for the people deemed unfit for life in space—the unintelligent, the diseased, the mentally ill, the emotionally unstable, the sociopaths, and the criminals.

Every family has members who are condemned to life on dirt, and Mara’s is no different. Yet whereas every other family moves on and leaves behind relatives who have failed, her parents are determined Mara should get to know hers—to understand her past before going off to her future in deep space.

For Mara, there’s no escape. Despite the dangers and diseases, her parents are forcing her to go down to dirt.

“DOWN TO DIRT is YA hard science fiction with an attitude, full of technical details as engaging as the characters. I was immediately drawn into the story.” ~ Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling author of ETERNITY’S MIND

Evolved Publishing presents the first book in Dirt and Stars. This young adult science fiction series features an alternative history/future adventure sure to keep you glued to the page.

Books by Kevin Killiany:

  • Down to Dirt (Book 1)
  • Life on Dirt (Book 2)
  • Rise from Dirt (Book 3)
  • For the Stars (Book 4) [Coming Late 2018]

More Great Sci-Fi from Evolved Publishing:

  • "Star City" Series by Edwin Peng
  • "Noah Zarc" Series by D. Robert Pease
  • Two Moons of Sera by P.K. Tyler
  • The Silver Sphere by Michael Dadich
  • "Panhelion Chronicles" Series by Marlin Desault

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622533466
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Publication date: 06/27/2016
Series: Dirt and Stars , #1
Pages: 362
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

AUTHOR: I began writing in 1967, right after I started reading, and--if you overlook thousands of rejections and thirty-three years of practice--was an immediate success. Since my first sale in 2000 I've sold three novels, a half-dozen novellas, and thirty-one short stories. I've also co-written or co-edited nineteen role-players' resource and rule books. My writing is fueled by two questions: "What happened?" and "What if?" The first motivates my exploration of lesser-known history, and the second drives my speculations about how our world would be changed if we had chosen differently. From those two streams my stories flow.

EDITOR: Some say I was born with a red pen in my hand, so it's no surprise that my penchant for words and stories ultimately led to a career in writing and editing. My literary tastes vary, but I largely gravitate toward genre fiction. I'll read anything sci-fi, fantasy, horror, western, and so forth. Some of my favorite contemporary authors are Dan Simmons, Chuck Wendig, David Brin, George R. R. Martin, and John Scalzi.

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Down to Dirt 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite In Kevin Killiany’s sci-fi novel, Down to Dirt, Mom and Dad have decreed that daughter Mara, born in space, must spend her vacation with relatives on Dirt (that would be the future planet Earth). Mara, her cousin Beth, and best friend Jael tell the story through their individual diary entries. As an African-American girl, Jael is among the lowest of the low denizens on Dirt. In this future world, blacks suffer indignities beyond what people of this race suffered in years past. Still, she’s Beth’s best friend and Mr. Killiany capitalizes on the positive and negative themes such a friendship would create. Mara, with multiple prejudices concerning Dirt, tries to fit into her new environment and Killiany adeptly weaves each of these strands together with a critical view on how our world could look in the future. As Mara works through issues concerning a new school, developing a relationship with Beth and Jael, along with the typical boy/girl ups and downs, she also has to learn to handle weather changes and the ever present gravity. The three teenage girls soon develop a bond and work together to make their lives and the lives of the citizens of Dirt better. There are wordsmiths who craft amazingly accurate sentences that read like a delicious chocolate mousse on the tongue and then, there is Kevin Killiany. There are great storytellers who succeed despite their reversal of the “show, don’t tell” rule and then again, there is Kevin Killiany. I generally have a hard time reading stories where events are more told than shown, but Down to Dirt was such an entertaining and effortless read, that I am pleased to admit I’ve seldom read a novel this close to perfection. Everything you could want in a YA, coming of age, sci-fi, dystopian world drama is here, put together for your reading pleasure by a talented and masterful writer. Do yourself a favor and read Down to Dirt by Kevin Killiany.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! The characters instantly draw you in. I cannot wait for the rest of the series to see how the story unfolds!