Dirt is for rebels.
"Life On Dirt is jam-packed with indelible characters and lush prose that makes you think of such top-tier 'coming of age' tales as The Dark Beyond the Stars and The Testament of Jessie Lamb, and the kind of tech-heavy and often biting first-person narrative that might make Andy Weir smile." ~ Dayton Ward, NYT Bestselling Author, "Star Trek: Headlong Flight"
Sixty years ago the United States Space Service was created and empowered to protect the potentially unlimited knowledge and wealth of space for the benefit of the whole of humankind. Guardians of fusion technology and everything above the atmosphere, the Space Service controls the flow of people, materiel, and information between Earth and the space stations, Luna, and Mars. Everyone in space is bound to the Space Service, and all spacers belong to the Service-mandated racial elite. The Space Service owns the stars—and it does not intend to share.
Seventeen-year-old Mara Duval, born in space, was destined to be part of humanity's first mission to the moons of Jupiter, until a medical accident left her quarantined on dirt forever.
But dirt is not the blighted wasteland she'd been taught it was, and the Space Service is holding humanity's future hostage behind a wall of lies. Now Mara is fighting back by transmitting videos of the truth to friends in space, speaking out whenever she can, and sharing technology and secrets with her Dirt ally Jael Alden, a young visionary determined to break through the Space Service's racial barrier.
She knows she doesn't have much time until the Space Service realizes what she's doing and stops her. But until they do, Mara's going to make the most of her life on dirt.
"Kevin Killiany's delightfully immersive writing sucks you right into the characters, their situation, their location, and their lives. A most compelling read." ~ Keith R. A. DeCandido, Author of Novels in "Star Trek," "Supernatural," "Sleepy Hollow," and More
EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS the second book in this critically acclaimed, timely, young adult science fiction adventure that's sure to keep you riveted. [DRM-Free]
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 Fall 2019]
More Great Sci-Fi from Evolved Publishing:
- "Star City" Series by Edwin Peng
- "Noah Zarc" Series by D. Robert Pease
- "Panhelion Chronicles" Series by Marlin Desault
- "Uploaded" Series by James W. Hughes
- "Whitewashed" Series by Adelaide Thorne
- Two Moons of Sera by P.K. Tyler
- The Silver Sphere by Michael Dadich
About the Author
I was raised in the heart of Florida in the 1950s and ’60s, growing up in a pink cinderblock house in a community hemmed by orange groves against the edge of a swamp and the shore of a lake. I didn’t read anything not assigned by a teacher until the summer of 1967, when an injury—the outcome of an idea that looked good at the time—laid me up for several weeks. In an effort to keep me sane my mother brought me armloads of books from the library, which I used to build forts… until the red-and-yellow cover of Have Space Suit, Will Travel lured me into looking inside. To my surprise, I read it—twice—and was hooked. In later years, I read and loved mysteries, fantasies, and historicals, but my reader’s heart first imprinted on YA science fiction.
I left Florida for California in 1973, and wandered a bit before settling on North Carolina’s coast. Along the way I became a husband, a father (three times), and in 2013 a grandfather. I’ve had a half-dozen careers in those forty years, working in education or mental health. These days, when I’m not writing I’m teaching English at a community college.
Oh, did I not mention writing? I began 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite Life on Dirt, book two of Kevin Killiany’s superbly crafted young adult science fiction series, Dirt and Stars, seamlessly continues where Down to Dirt left off. Thanks to his great storytelling talent, Killiany effortlessly brings new readers into the lives of Mara, Beth and Jael without a hiccup or long-winded summary of previous events. The story is told through first person narratives of each main character to include two new actors, Lije and Fatima. Life on Dirt continues the centric story lines of Mara, a space born teenager, forced to spend time on “Dirt” (Earth) and Jael, an African-American teenage prodigy who struggles against bigotry and racism as she works toward her goal of gaining membership in the elite Space Service, an organization where no black person has ever gained entry. In my review of book one in the Dirt and Stars Series, Down to Dirt, I dubbed Killiany a master wordsmith, capable of capturing the unwavering attention of his readers. Life on Dirt continues the tradition of a great storyteller while simultaneously presenting a literacy level for his characters that will surely challenge some while providing a welcome relief for many who are tired of the “dumbed down” language provided in many YA novels. Young adults seeking a fun and challenging read will find both and more in the Dirt and Stars Series. Though set in the future, it’s a story with themes to which most readers, aged thirteen to ninety can easily relate. So, parents and grandparents, gift your young adult a novel, a complete series of books, that will challenge their vocabulary, increase their technological and scientific knowledge, while providing a highly entertaining and unforgettable reading experience.