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War Over Dust

(Generation Mars #2)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  9 ratings  ·  7 reviews
War Over Dust by Stuart Aken is the second in his Generation Mars series, and sequel to Blood Red Dust.

The Chosen and their offspring enjoy an atheist democracy where justice, peace and harmony are served by an advanced technology that controls almost all daily life. The citizens of Marzero slave under the power-mad and greedy Elite, whose only concerns are personal gratif
Kindle Edition, 382 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Fantastic Books Publishing

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Donald Unger
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
One of the pleasures of reading science fiction is that the genre has always been “layered” in thought-provoking ways, creating a space in which to write (and read) about the social, political, environmental, spiritual, and moral issues roiling the present by projecting them into the future.

Here’s the Utopia we could build!

Here’s the Dystopia we’re headed for if we don’t change course!

Stuart Aken’s “Generation Mars: War Over Dust,” the second book in a projected trilogy, fits that template per
Glen Donaldson
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Megastar (pun intended) astrophysicist Stephen Hawking says we, meaning humankind, have to colonize another planet within the next hundred years if our species is to have even a prayer of avoiding certain extinction.

In WAR OVER DUST, that mass migration is already more than 500 years past and while IQ-busting super-science, engineering and human genome coding advances have conspired to forge a truly technologically breathtaking alternate world, not everyone is enjoying their time in the cosmic f
Penny Grubb
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the sequel to Aken's Blood Red Dust about the colonisation of Mars. The communities he 'planted' in book 1 have grown. Last time the dangers they faced came largely from their own recent past. In this latest set a few hundred years further on, it might be said that their biggest problems come from not learning from some of those early lessons. Or it might be said that the good and bad of their world comes from human nature just as it always does and that won't change across the centuries ...more
Colleen Busse
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Stuart Aken is a man who knows how to write a story on a base level. This fascinating and disturbing view into society as it formed on Mars has everything a good science fiction story should have. It covers the hard scifi gambit from robots, AI, blasters, nanotechnology, altering moons and planets for habitation, and invisibility suits just to name a few. While the story does have a hard scifi basis it also delves into the politics, social structure, values, and religion of its two main colonies ...more
Scott Spotson
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
From the get-go this book lost me with its extensive narration over world events, which I do realize is essential in a brand new world of the future with new societies, good and bad, but here it was pretty heavy, causing me to lose sight of the story. As for the plot itself, I didn't see much of it, except for some vague inkling I gathered that the interactions, domination, and exploitation between the two genders (as mostly exemplified between Gabriel and Daisa) would lead up to some outbreak o ...more
S.A. Chapman
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
For a day job, I write and read a lot of technical documents. I also technically review and evaluate a lot of submissions, which usually has to be done in a fair and reasonable manner.

For my Goodreads reviews, I try to take the same approach.

I have five categories, each posed as a question. Each category receives one Star if I can answer yes to the question.

So here I go, on my review of War over Dust (Generation Mars #2), by Stuart Aken, which I gave 4/5.

This is a great sci-fi read. Par
Shea Carlson
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Ouch. The quality of the editing in War Over Dust is nothing like that in the first book. This one is filled with typos. One star deducted. And a cliffhanger ending? Another star gone. But because the story is so engaging, I didn’t let the typos keep me from buying the third book in the series.

Mr. Aken preaches his dislike for religion throughout all three novels, and he seems to have a penchant for nudity. However, clothing does more than hide the body—it protects from abrasions, heat, cold, an
Daniel Grubb
rated it it was amazing
Feb 05, 2019
Stuart Aken
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Reading from infancy. Writing stories since I could hold a pencil. Always fascinated by the power of words to entertain, illuminate, transform, educate, and influence. Stories are fundamental to our psyche: we love them. It's an honour to be privileged to tell my own versions of tales that have abounded for millennia.
Fantasy fascinates me: that ability to enter an imagined world and witness events

Other books in the series

Generation Mars (3 books)
  • Blood Red Dust (Generation Mars #1)
  • Return To Dust (Generation Mars #3)