Life in space is full of opportunities... but not for everyone. Some people must survive a life on dirt.
3 extraordinary books in one boxed set.
From Review by NYT Bestselling Author Kevin J. Anderson (ETERNITY'S MIND):
“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.”
From Review by NYT Bestselling Author Dayton Ward (STAR TREK: HEADLONG FLIGHT):
“Life on Dirt is jam-packed with indelible characters and lush prose that makes you think of such top-tier ‘coming of age’ tales as The Dark Beyond the Stars and The Testament of Jessie Lamb, and the kind of tech-heavy and often biting first-person narrative that might make Andy Weir smile.”
From Review by Author Keith R.A. Candido, Author of Novels in “Star Trek,” “Supernatural,” “Sleepy Hollow,” and More:
“Kevin Killiany’s delightfully immersive writing sucks you right into the characters, their situation, their location, and their lives. A most compelling read.”
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BOOK 1: Down to Dirt
The stars belong to the Space Service. The Space Service launched the first fusion rockets, put cities on the moon, set giant space stations in their orbit, colonized Mars, and is constructing deep-space exploration vessels in its shipyards above the red planet. The future is full of opportunities for those who meet the Space Service’s criteria for living in space. But there are no bright futures for those deemed unfit for space: the unintelligent, the diseased, the mentally ill, the emotionally unstable, the sociopaths, and the criminals are condemned to life on Dirt, a place everyone knows but no one mentions.
Every family has members who are condemned to life on Dirt, and sixteen-year-old Mara Duval’s is no different.
Mara, born and raised on Tombaugh Space Station, is training to be part of humanity’s first mission to the moons of Jupiter. But her parents are determined for her to understand her family’s past before she embarks on her future in deep space. She must meet those she is leaving behind, her relatives who have failed. She must go down to Dirt.
BOOK 2: Life on Dirt
Sixty years ago the United States Space Service was created and empowered to protect the potentially unlimited knowledge and wealth of space for the benefit of the whole of humankind. Guardians of fusion technology and everything above the atmosphere, the Space Service controls the flow of people, materiel, and information between Earth and the space stations, Luna, and Mars. Everyone in space is bound to the Space Service, and all spacers belong to the Service-mandated racial elite. The Space Service owns the stars—and it does not intend to share.
Seventeen-year-old Mara Duval, born in space, was destined to be part of humanity’s first mission to the moons of Jupiter, until a medical accident left her quarantined on dirt forever.
But dirt is not the blighted wasteland she’d been taught it was, and the Space Service is holding humanity’s future hostage behind a wall of lies. Now Mara is fighting back by transmitting videos of the truth to friends in space, speaking out whenever she can, and sharing technology and secrets with her Dirt ally Jael Alden, a young visionary determined to break through the Space Service’s racial barrier.
She knows she doesn’t have much time before the Space Service realizes what she’s doing and stops her. But until they do, Mara’s going to make the most of her life on dirt.
BOOK 3: Rise from Dirt
Mara Duval, a spacer born on Tombaugh Station, came down to Earth prepared to endure six weeks of exile on the disease-ridden, war-torn wasteland that spacers call dirt. Instead, she discovered the Space Service’s stranglehold on access to space is built on lies, and people who deserve to be part of humanity’s reach for the stars are denied their birthright. Mara got the word out, and for her crimes was “disappeared” without warning.
But the Space Service desperately needs people to explore and colonize the outer worlds, young people who can be molded in the spacer tradition. To attract national attention, they launch the first Boot Camp competition: a months-long contest, with the top twelve finishers earning a coveted spot in Space Service Junior Officer Training. And because of Mara, Boot Camp is open to everyone.
Jael Alden has always known her future lies among the stars—but decades of Space Service discrimination stand in her way. Boot Camp gives her a chance to take the Space Service head on, to make one of those spots her own. She doesn’t care the contest will be rigged against her, designed to make all minority challengers fail. Jael has wanted the stars all her life—and she’s willing to risk everything to prove the best will always rise from dirt.