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Ocean of Dust (English Edition) di [Ing, Graeme]
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Can Lissa unravel the secret of the dust before it's too late?

Fourteen-year old Lissa is snatched from her home and finds herself a slave on a trading ship traveling on a waterless ocean of nothing but gray dust. A feisty, curious and intelligent girl, her desire to explore the ship earns her the hatred of the cruel first officer, Farq.

Fascinated by the ocean of dust, Lissa becomes embroiled in its mysteries, sensing things that the crew cannot, while cryptic whispers in her head are leading her toward a destiny linked to the dust itself. Only one man aboard can help her make sense of her new talent, but can she trust him? All is not as it seems, and she must unravel the clues before it’s too late.

When a sinister plot casts her adrift on the barren ocean, her best friend is left in the hands of the treacherous crew. Everything hinges upon her courage, quick wits, and her ability to master her new talent.

"That was wild! The author's imagination is amazing." - The Book Hookup

"...excellent world building and characterization." - Christine Rains, Author of "13th Floor" series


Graeme Ing engineers original fantasy worlds, both YA and adult, but hang around, and you’ll likely read tales of romance, sci-fi, paranormal, cyberpunk, steampunk or any blend of the above. Born in England in 1965, Graeme moved to San Diego, California in 1996 and lives there still. His career as a software engineer and development manager spans 30 years, mostly in the computer games industry. He is also an armchair mountaineer, astronomer, mapmaker, pilot and general geek. He and his wife, Tamara, share their house with more cats than he can count.

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4.0 su 5 stelle Great debut novel! 11 novembre 2012
Di Lynn Nevala - Pubblicato su
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Ocean of Dust was written for the Young Adult market but is definitely engaging and well enough written to cause readers of all ages to be anxious to find out what happens next! Lissa is a young girl with dreams of exploring the world and learning all sorts of new things, and she has the amazing memory to be very good at that. Finding herself shanghaied to work as a slave on board a ship was not in her plans, but she manages to impress some of the crew enough to eventually make her life a good bit more pleasant.

There is a good bit of action in the story, what with rough treatment of the slaves and fighting amongst the crew, as well as some very clever maneuvering on Lissa's part. The writing is clear and colorful and draws you in. Putting the book down means that in a little while, you may very well feel like there was something else you wanted to be doing, and when you think for a moment, you'll realize that you can't wait to get back to the story and see what happens. The conclusion of the book suggests that there will be a sequel, and the author mentioned a plan for a trilogy, which I'm very anxiously awaiting.

I remember recommending another favorite author of mine (back when he only had a few books published) and I know how pleased I am to be able to say that I've been reading Terry Pratchett's work for so many years. I think that I will be reading all of Graeme Ing's books from now on also, and if they continue to be as good as this one, I'll have another author I can be proud to say I have been reading from the start!
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4.0 su 5 stelle Anthropological paradise with a good story--genius 21 gennaio 2014
Di Lynanne Carroll - Pubblicato su
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I LOVED this book! Definitely a favorite of all my reading this year.

"But you gave it a four."

Alright, you're right. Let me adjust that rating to 4.5. Ocean of Dust was an anthropologists' paradise. The world-building was astonishingly good--there were loads of distinct, believable languages, foods, species, and cultures--and the concept of a DUST OCEAN?? I mean, it was just *genius*.

Frankly, I have yet to see such brilliance in world-building since Chime...and maybe Leviathan. Genius. Aside from my anthropological fan-girling *ahem*, you probably want to know what I have to say about plot and characterization because, let's just be honest, we love YA sci-fi/fantasy novels for more than their presentation of ridiculously wild ideas.

The plot of Ocean of Dust was a bit disappointing. But before you judge that statement (and the book by it), I think I should qualify my perspective by saying this aspect was likely just me. The brave and rather reckless female protagonist lands herself in trouble repeatedly by skulking around, 'meddling', and eavesdropping--albeit with good intentions (though I admit, skulking doesn't exactly convey 'upstanding citizen' lol). Nothing is ever easy. When one bad thing happens, it's immediately followed by something much worse. And then, when you think that it can't possibly get worse than *this*, something else happens that does, in fact, make the situation worse.

This happens like 5 times.

It was too repetitive for my taste; even if I couldn't predict what was going to happen next, I was never allowed to rest from "ill fate." To be fair, though, most writers advise doing this to characters over and over again...and I think most readers enjoy it. I think it's good the first 2 times. After that, it becomes a bit fake and I am pulled out of the world a bit because I'm reminded that I'm reading a story.

The other part about the plot that I didn't really like was the ending. It felt very abrupt, like I was in the middle of finding out what was going to happen...and then, suddenly, it was over. I had to read The End a couple of times to make sure I had read it correctly. The End? Wait, really? But I--

Yes. Yes it was. Made me sad.

As for characterization, I thought it was quite good. Unless you're a heartless monster (or a Nobody), you'll be able to relate to the main character from page one. You'll likely root for her the entire story, except, perhaps, during the parts where she decides she's going to go off and endanger herself for no reason...or the parts where she doesn't put things together quickly enough...etc. The other characters are compelling, too; I was so angry at one person I imagined throwing her off ship myself.

Overall, the best part about Ocean of Dust for me was definitely the brilliance and newness of the world. It was luscious and believable and it was teeming with adventure. Highly recommend!
5.0 su 5 stelle Ocean of Dust is a surprise a minute. 15 dicembre 2016
Di Victor - Pubblicato su
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This is a page turner, hard to put down. One wants to understand the reasons behind the actions, and find out what is going to happen. It's so involved that skipping will just get you lost. You'll want to read every well-written line of this one. What is the ocean, and why does it exist? You wonder at the nature of 'flux' and even at the nature of the young Girl who is somehow drawn to it. Like most really good fantasy, it leaves you wanting more, almost feeling as if you weren't through reading when the story seemed to end, but didn't.
5.0 su 5 stelle YA fantasy with amazing world building and characterization 11 marzo 2013
Di Christine Rains - Pubblicato su
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While running an errand for her mother, Lissa crashes into a snooty merchant's son in an alley. Both of them are taken from their hometown and forced to work as slaves on a trading ship. Lissa is horrified, but she's determined to make the best of a terrible situation. She's always wanted to travel and the ocean of dust captivates her. Someone or somethings whisper to her and she sees strange lights that make her fall to her knees with pain. Yet no one wants to help a slave girl who might be going a little mad. When she uncovers dark dealings on the ship, her worries become bigger than a jealous galley girl and getting beaten by a cruel Deck Master. Lissa must discover how to use her talents or everyone she cares for could end up buried under the dust.

Graeme Ing has created a fascinating fantasy world that drew me in with the wonder of a child. Exotic people and places, strange creatures and plants, and a massive ocean of dust. An amazing original concept. The mystery of the ocean enthralled me as much as it did the protagonist. Graeme gives us enough details to tantalize us, but not too much that the mystery is vanquished.

Another aspect I loved about this book is the ship. Most of the story takes place on this massive vessel. It has so many rooms and secrets. I wanted to explore it all. Lissa is a strong and lovable protagonist. She's a clever girl with a big heart. She's the type of YA characters that I love to see because they make great role models. The whole cast of characters was well written.

If you haven't picked up your copy of Ocean of Dust yet, make sure to get it while it's 99 cents. With excellent world building and characterization, I guarantee readers of all ages will love this book.
5.0 su 5 stelle Fantasy readers, don't pass up this engrossing tale. 10 febbraio 2013
Di A. M. Marsh - Pubblicato su
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In Ocean of Dust, we follow Lissa, a young girl forced into a life of slavery aboard a mysterious vessel which traverses the world's oceans. As possibilities of escape diminish, she's caught in a foreign culture full of strong, conflicting personalities, and strange traditions. Lissa makes allies and enemies alike as she explores the world aboard ship, and struggles to discover the source of the strange influence the ocean itself has over her.

What I enjoyed most about this novel was the seamless melding of story and world-building. Ing's world is unique, well thought out, and wholly alive. Better yet, it's shown to us at an even pace, letting the reader drink in and absorb the unique properties and physics of the universe as we adventure with Lissa. Colorful characters populate the story, each one with their own distinctive voice and part to play.

Many publishers are putting their eggs in the urban fantasy basket, or else staying to the tried and true swords-and-horses subgenre. Ing's story doesn't fit easily into either one of these categories, which, for me, made it a welcome departure from the norm. It works as a YA tale, as the characters and plot will be relatable to young readers. I definitely wouldn't pigeonhole the story as a "YA only" read, though. Adults who have enjoyed series such as Harry Potter and His Dark Materials would be in good company here.

The conclusion of the story is satisfying, while hinting at the possibility of returning Lissa's story to us again in the future. I hope this is the case.
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