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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2012
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An outstanding freshman long-form effort by an accomplished short story writer. Hutt has clearly put a tremendous amount of care into crafting a world that is at once realistic and visionary. Dust feels much like the introduction to a larger universe.

Hutt has an established background working at NASA on the International Space Station, and this expertise is evident. It's refreshing to read a book set in a very distant future that doesn't fall back on what are effectively "magic" tropes. While the world is clearly science-fiction, the reader is left believing that such a world could, indeed even might someday, exist. By setting the story in a world based on realism, Hutt forces the reader to accept that the responses of the characters are also more realistic.

The work feels deeply personal as well. Strong themes of a man's relationship to his father, and a father's relationship to a daughter, pervade the two main characters. The conflicts that ensue are not artificial - they could be conflicts anyone with a family might face. The resolutions of the conflicts are fairly ambiguous as well, just as often happens with "real" family conflicts.

I look forward to reading more stories set in the universe of Dust. It is my belief, and my hope, that Hutt is just beginning to reveal his brave new world.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2012
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I just finished reading this novel and loved it. Interesting characters and a plot that kept moving and got me interested very quickly. I like the character development and how it unfolded throughout the book. I also liked how the story was about the characters and the sic-fi was the setting, not the focus of the book. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for an interesting story.Dust
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2012
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I get so many free books from amazon that I usually only finish 2 of 5 or 6 that I start. I rarely read sci fi because I find it tedious but this book read really easily for me. I liked the characters a lot and in found the ending really appropriate to what we are facing in our own futures. I thought the book hit 5 stars on all levels. To write more would be spoiling. I highly recommend this book, I don't even know the author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2012
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This had the potential of being a much more interesting story. But the author spent too much time on the details of
running a spaceship and tedium and not enough in what could have been the really interesting parts of the story. About 2/3 of the novel is spent in details that aren't very interesting. When the story finally gets to the interesting part it just focuses on carnage.
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on June 12, 2014
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Great story good characters great action. The author has done a great job with enter actions between the characters. Also some of the characters are very likeable.
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on December 31, 2013
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Better than expected by far! A must read! I love Sci-fi movies but not so much books- this changed my mind!
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on July 22, 2013
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A little slow start turns into adventure. Characters developed as the mysteries unfolded. Enjoyed the journey. Very sad the twists and turns, the triple hidden main character.
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on June 23, 2013
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A believable fun story! Was hard to put down! Had lots of fun turns and twists! Worth your time if you like sci fi adventure that is actually possible...
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on May 22, 2013
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I don't read much science fiction. This book caught my attention and I gave it a try. How corrupting money and power can be! Coupled with vengeance - man's inhumanity can be frightening. Worth the time.
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on May 16, 2012
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Well written with engaging characters. J. Hurt has done a very credible effort with the hard science as well as the routine and tedium of space travel. There wasn't any unexplained or magic to make anything work. The interpersonal relationships while engaging seemed a bit forced in a few instances. I still enjoyed the story a great deal and look to more from this author.
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