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Beneath a Sunless Sky

(Dome Trilogy #1)

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Ten years after child prodigy Remy had an accident which robbed her of a prestigious future, she walks the edge between life on Solaray-lit Level One and the gloom of the UnderDome, waiting for an opportunity to return to her place among the elite ruling class and put the nightmare of living as a sub-human behind her. In the first book of the Dome Trilogy, Remy's life spir ...more
Paperback, 440 pages
Published April 20th 2007 by Lulu.com (first published April 1st 2007)
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AZ Book Club
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beneath a Sunless Sky is a very large and very serious work of modern Science Fiction. In a genre dominated by cop-outs and half-measures, this book actually imagines a world where science and society have run amok, and the consequences faced by those who have slipped between the cracks. The Dome World imagined by Jessica Alter is a place both beautiful and bleak. Like many scientific nirvanas, science has been used to create a world full of wonders and diversions. Much like our own world, this ...more
William Jackson
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
To be brief, this is as wonderful an example of the rare genre of social science fiction as I can think of. It reminded me of early an George Lucas film (THX, not Star Wars). Remy goes through it all, so I will have to read books two and three. The idea of domes is not new, but the color scheme strata smacks of the racism, sexism, you name it -isms mankind keeps developing for division. Great drama in a familiar world full of tension and human foibles.
Bookman
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really excellent sci-fi. I found the treatment of eugenics both terrifying and frighteningly likely.

I highly recommend this series for people who want to immerse themselves in an epic work. This is no light beach read, though the second book is a lot faster.
Glad our book club started this series! I look forward to reading the rest of it.
Tom
Jan 16, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a tough read. The underlying story is so good it made me keep going.
Took a while to get into it, but now I want to see what happens next.

There are lots of really cools scenes, and I love the the whole "segmented by test scores" kind of thing. Seems eerily possible.
Going to buy the next book because I want to see where this goes. The cliff hangar was just too much for me!
Greg
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good story, very thought provoking.

The codified and solidified testing process reminds me of the stratified society we're heading to, where people chase not the *knowledge* of a degree, but the paper itself. Somehow having the degree is more useful than having gained any real skills or learning.

Looking forward to reading the next book!
Newberkinz
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic science fiction. Great work, and it left me wanting more!
Just bought the second book and I'm charging on. I gotta find out what happens to Remy now
MBybee
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fantastic dark future book. This is sci-fi done right - no half measures here!
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In 2014, author Jessica “Jess” Alter published the third and final installment in an epic social science fiction trilogy filled with sex, tech, and firearms.

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