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Dust by Elizabeth Bear

Dust (Jacob's Ladder, Book 1) Dust by Elizabeth Bear

GoodReads summary: On a broken ship orbiting a doomed sun, dwellers have grown complacent with their aging metal world. But when a serving girl frees a captive noblewoman, the old order is about to change....

Ariane, Princess of the House of Rule, was known to be fiercely cold-blooded. But severing an angel’s wings on the battlefield—even after she had surrendered—proved her completely without honor. Captive, the angel Perceval waits for Ariane not only to finish her off—but to devour her very memories and mind. Surely her gruesome death will cause war between the houses—exactly as Ariane desires. But Ariane’s plan may yet be opposed, for Perceval at once recognizes the young servant charged with her care.

Rien is the lost child: her sister. Soon they will escape, hoping to stop the impending war and save both their houses. But it is a perilous journey through the crumbling hulk of a dying ship, and they do not pass unnoticed. Because at the hub of their turning world waits Jacob Dust, all that remains of God, following the vapor wisp of the angel. And he knows they will meet very soon.

My review

Rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book is the first in a trilogy; the remaining two books have not, yet, been published.

I was really rather disappointed with Dust; it showed such promise.

The problem: I think the author was unable to flesh out her definitions of the world, the types of beings, and their relationships to each other. There were/are just too many unanswered questions.

There are so many examples, I won' bother you with all of them.

A frustrating fact. If I'm remembering correctly, all but 2 of the characters in the book are related to each other, and I don't mean cousins and so on. Incest producing half siblings who longed to commit incest, as well. It was just awkward for the plot line.

In the end, the climatic scene fell flat. Why was this particular result the outcome of this action? Nothing made sense. The reader is just supposed to swallow it whole and move on. And then, what happened to the whole other end of the plot line? It just miraculously came together?

Sadly, I will not be reading the rest of the trilogy, unless... I become very bored and have very little else to read.

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