In a far future where technology is all but indistinguishable from magic, Tanyana is one of the elite. She can control pions, the building blocks of matter, shaping them into new forms using ritual gestures and techniques. The rewards are great, and she is one of most highly regarded people in... show more
In a far future where technology is all but indistinguishable from magic, Tanyana is one of the elite.
She can control pions, the building blocks of matter, shaping them into new forms using ritual gestures and techniques. The rewards are great, and she is one of most highly regarded people in the city. But that was before the “accident”.
Stripped of her powers, bound inside a bizarre powersuit, she finds herself cast down to the very lowest level of society. Powerless, penniless and scarred, Tanyana must adjust to a new life collecting “debris”, the stuff left behind by pions. But as she tries to find who has done all of this to her, she also starts to realize that debris is more important than anyone could guess.
Debris is a stunning new piece of Science Fantasy, which draws in themes from Japanese manga, and classic Western SF and Fantasy to create this unique, engrossing debut from the very exciting young author Jo Anderton.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: 2011-09-27
Publisher: Angry Robot
Pages no: 455
Edition language: English
Series: The Veiled Worlds (#1)
I tagged this as a mystery because the majority of the book concerns Tanyana's Fall--who caused it? What the heck is going on with the magic system that supports the city? Anderton's reveals walked the edge of being incomprehensible to me, but I did like the world-building and characters and will se...
Yeah, I'm not going to finish this one.The thing is, I don't think this is a bad book, despite the middling rating here, where anything under, say, 3.75 stars indicates mixed reviews, at best. I thought it was fine. The world is unique, a blend of sci-fi and magic that posits that there are small pi...
In Movoc-under-Keeper you are either a pion worker or a debris collector. A pion handler gets paid the rather big bucks because they can create darn near anything from buildings to statues to electricity and everything in between. A pion handler is sort of a magician. They use an inherent magical...
You can read my review of this book at the New York Journal of Books here: http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/review/debris
Debris, while I rather enjoyed it, does have some major issues I hope will be fixed in the sequel. My biggest issue with the novel was the pacing. It was really rather slow, and while this comes down on the tastes of the reader, I found my interest waning a bit in the middle because the pacing was d...