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Debris (The Veiled Worlds) Mass Market Paperback – September 27, 2011
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A Library Journal Best of 2011 Sci Fi & Fantasy Pick!
Chosen for the Locus Best First Novel of 2011 list
“Refreshingly original... an accomplished debut.” -- The Guardian
"Impressively combines far-future world-building, conspiracies, and a redemption quest... [Anderton] keeps it interesting with Tanyana’s strong, proud narrative voice and the complex culture built up around the pions and debris." -- Publishers Weekly
"Anderton demonstrates a mastery of storytelling and world building in this series opener... This accomplished debut novel should enjoy a wide readership." -- Library Journal, Debut of the Month October 2011
“A captivating story set in a brilliantly-conceived world.” -- Trudi Canavan, bestselling author of the Black Magician Trilogy
"This is what modern fantasy looks like. Debris is a strong debut novel from a promising new writer, featuring a tough, professional heroine, a clever magic system and a complex, beautifully realised city. I couldn't put it down." -- Tansy Rayner Roberts, award winning author of The Creature Court Trilogy, and Siren Beat
"Jo Anderton combines elements of steampunk with her own unique vision to create something striking. Debris is a first novel NOT to be missed." -- Marianne de Pierres, award winning author of the Parrish Plessis and Sentients of Orion series
"Anderton's debut builds a marvelous world, shakes it to the core with adventure and romance, then wraps the whole thing in one hell of a mystery. I can't wait for the rest!" -- Ian Tregillis, author of Bitter Seeds
"Anderton has a truly original voice, and Debris rings wildly with this. It’s full of magic unimagined by anyone else, and beautifully wrought architecture, familiar yet odd, like a place you visit in a recurring dream. The rise and fall of Tanyana, a gifted, frustrated artist is both painful and transfixing to read." -- Kaaron Warren, award winning author of Slights
"Debris is a strong, exciting debut that took me by surprise with its unique setting, interesting main character, and powerful “fight your way back to the top” narrative. If you enjoy genre-bending fiction with a dark edge, definitely give Debris a try." -- www.tor.com
"Ms. Anderton creates a rich and intriguing world with Debris ... weaving science and magic, politics and caste, as well as a unique mythology that is believably real." -- Carma Spence, NY Journal of Book Reviews
“Jo Anderton takes centre stage with style. An original novel with a fantastic cover art that is unmissable.” -- The Founding Fields
"Debris is a fast read, and very well put together. I was immersed in its world at every stage, and fascinated by its characters ... Jo Anderton has written a novel she deserves to take pride in." -- Ros Jackson, Warpcore SF
About the Author
Jo Anderton lives in Sydney, Australia, with her patient husband, faithful dog, one megalomaniac cat and one dumb-as-a-post cat. She'd rather be living on a big block of land in the country, so she can adopt more pets.
By day she is a mild-mannered marketing coordinator for an Australian book distributor. By night, weekends and lunchtimes she writes dark fantasy and horror.
Her short fiction has appeared in Aurealis, Midnight Echo, Kaleidotrope, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, and been reprinted in Australian Dark Fantasy and Horror Vol 3.
She was shortlisted for the 2009 Aurealis Award for best young adult short story. The author lives in Sydney, Australia.
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Others have given more eloquent descriptions, but it is a world built on pions. Those that can manipulate pions are the upper-class. A by-product of this manipulation is debris. The un-gifted are the underclass and are relegated to the crucial, but thankless job of debris collection. The main character is a high-level pion-binder, who through a tragic accident loses her gift and becomes the lowest of the low, a debris collector.
The main plot line involves her journey and role in greater things shaping her world. However, the real genius of the novel is in the understanding and exploration of the roles the pion-binders and debris collectors play in the world. Like all truly great science fiction, this is a reflection of things in our own world that we take for granted. For example, medical science has advanced greatly and doctors are highly esteemed, but civilization's advances in basic things like sanitation and clean water have probably saved more people from premature death than high-end medical procedures. Those responsible for keeping our sewer lines and water systems running aren't nearly as valued. This novel makes you think about what goes into keeping a civilization together and how it can all fall apart.
As I write this, I've already finished the second book in which the world-shaking plot takes on a greater role (and I've just started the third). However, it was this book that created a world I was interested in reading about.