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Down to Dirt

(Dirt and Stars #1)

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“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
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[Science Fiction: Young Adult, Hard, Alternate History]
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The stars belong to the Space Service. The Space Service launched the first fusi
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Published June 21st 2016 by Evolved Publishing LLC (first published June 20th 2016)
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Lex Allen
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 Bet ...more
Bob Rich
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In a fun way, this book is about culture clash. We read entries in the journals of three very different teenage girls. From the first few words, there is a lot of understated humor. For example, “child abuse” very quickly turns out to be inoculations, because a girl born on space station is made to visit relatives on Earth.
The reality this story is set in has a different history. The USA has monopoly in space. Its colonies there were established at a time of out and out racial discrimination. Wh
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Carol
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mara was born and raised on Tombaugh, a space station inhabited only by the brightest and best humans and where these humans live uncontaminated by earth’s gravity, sun, and polluted atmosphere. So she’s very unhappy when her parents force her to spend time with her aunt, uncle, and cousin on Earth, or Dirt, as it’s called on Tombaugh.
Mara, her cousin Beth, and Beth’s best friend Jael take turns narrating the story of their adjustment to the new school they all attend, new relationships, and eac
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Jessica Bronder
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Space Service runs everything relating to outer space, from shuttles to colonizing Mars and such. Those that live on the Tombaugh Space Station are the elite. They are strong, have no illnesses mentally or physically, and are essentially perfect. Those that are born with any problems are deemed unfit for space and sent to live on Earth (Dirt).

Mara was born on Tombaugh and looks down her nose at those on Dirt. Until her parents decide to send her down to Dirt for her break. Mara is throwing a
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Emily Pennington
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Mara was furious with her mother – she was actually going to send her to Dirt (Earth) to get to know the relatives down there! This ruined all of her plans and probably her whole life! Mara lived on Tombaugh Station in space where no disease-infested people were allowed. Sitting in the doctor’s room right now, she was undergoing more of the vaccinations and preventive stuff to help her survive her trip to Dirt! This, to her, amounted to gross child abuse!

Beth, Mara’s cousin, was shopping for clo
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Kaila
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
this was interesting.. it had mystery and intrigue and a lot of fun things happening. kept me curious to see.. its not genre of choice ill admit but it was well written. i enjoyed it
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