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Random House Publishing Group, Feb 23, 2010 - Fiction - 336 pages
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Sometimes the greatest sin is survival.
The generation ship Jacob’s Ladder has barely survived cataclysms from without and within. Now, riding the shock wave of a nova blast toward an uncertain destiny, the damaged ship—the only world its inhabitants have ever known—remains a war zone. Even as Perceval, the new captain, struggles to come to terms with the traumas of her recent past, the remnants of rebellion aboard the ship still threaten the crew’s survival.

Yet as Perceval’s relatives Tristen and Benedick play a deadly game of cat and mouse in pursuit of a traitor through a vast ship that is renewing itself in strange and dangerous ways, an even more insidious threat is building in a place no one ever thought to look. And this implacable enemy could change the face of the ship forever if a ragtag band of heroes cannot stop it.

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User Review  - AltheaAnn - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, "Dust." I very much liked the juxtaposition of the near-derelict generation ship with the mythology that has grown up around its technologies, and the ... Read full review

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User Review  - TheDivineOomba - LibraryThing

This is almost a 4 star book - but an ending that seems to easy plus some dense language dropped it down to a 3.5 star rating. I read the first book years ago - and don't remember much of it - but ... Read full review


1halfway to standing
2on fragile bone
3the strength of any soul
4balanced against the skin of the world
5pinioned in terrible darkness
6a gallery of portals
7back into rule
11aimless angels
12this time of trial and desperation
13available light
14when we had a library
15the bottomless dark in its person
16blackest kinslaughter
17the revelation
18the broken holdes

8everything their father had told them
9that ice must be as old
10the door gaped wide
19take the world apart

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Elizabeth Bear was born on the same say as Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, but in a different year. This, coupled with her childhood tendency to read the dictionary for fun, has led inevitably to penury, intransigence, and the writing of speculative fiction. Her hobbies include incompetent archery, practicing guitar, and reading biographies of Elizabethan playmenders.

She is the recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for best New Writer and the author of over a dozen published or forthcoming novels, including the Locus Award-winning Jenny Casey trilogy and the Phillip K. Dick Award-nominated Carnival. A native New Englander, she spent seven years near Las Vegas, but now lives in Connecticut with a presumptuous cat.

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