In Kevin Killiany's sci-fi novel, Down to Dirt
, Mom and Dad have decreed that daughter Mara, born in space, must spend her vacation with relatives on Dirt (that would be the future planet Earth). Mara, her cousin Beth, and bestfriend Jael tell the story through their individual diary entries. As an African-American girl, Jael is among the lowest of the low denizens on Dirt. ... Still, she's Beth's best friend, and Mr. Killiany capitalizes on the positive and negative themes such a friendship would create. Mara, with multiple prejudices concerning Dirt, tries to fit into her new environment, and Killiany adeptly weaves each of these strands together with a critical view on how our world could look in the future. As Mara works through issues concerning a new school, developing a relationship with Beth and Jael, along with the typical boy/girl ups and downs, she also has to learn to handle weather changes and the ever present gravity. The three teenage girls soon develop a bond and work together to make their lives, and the lives of the citizens of Dirt, better. ...
I generally have a hard time reading stories where events are more told than shown, but Down to Dirt
was such an entertaining and effortless read, that I am pleased to admit I've seldom read a novel this close to perfection. Everything you could want in a YA, coming of age, sci-fi, dystopian world drama is here, put together for your reading pleasure by a talented and masterful writer. Do yourself a favor and read Down to Dirt
by Kevin Killiany. ~ Readers' Favorite Book Reviews
About the Author
AUTHOR: I began writing in 1967, right after I started reading, and--if you overlook thousands of rejections and thirty-three years of practice--was an immediate success. Since my first sale in 2000 I've sold three novels, a half-dozen novellas, and thirty-one short stories. I've also co-written or co-edited nineteen role-players' resource and rule books. My writing is fueled by two questions: "What happened?" and "What if?" The first motivates my exploration of lesser-known history, and the second drives my speculations about how our world would be changed if we had chosen differently. From those two streams my stories flow.