Author/s Jo Anderton
Publisher Angry Robot
Date September 27th 2011
Why I read this book? I read this as part of the Australian women’s writing challenge. In addition, the fact that it was published by Angry Robots books made it more tempting. I had also heard good things about this book from galactic suburbia.
Summary This book, the first of a series, portrays a world of two sectors. The first sector, the more advanced community, belongs to people who can see, and control, the colourful pions that power the city; while, the second sector, a pre-technological grimy ghetto, is inhabited by the ‘Debris’ collectors. These Debris Collectors cannot see the pions and therefore are forced to collect the pions’ Debris and they are seen/treated as ‘untouchables’ by the rest of society. Tanyana, the main POV character, quite literary falls from the first half of the world to the second. This book explores her journey and her adaption to the new world. She finds that the future of the world relies upon her finding the truth and fighting an emerging evil that threatens her society.
Jo Anderton has created a brilliant world and peopled it with interesting characters. She, very cleverly, gives the reader a tempting glance of the pion driven world before cruelly snatching it away. The reader therefore shares the main characters sense of loss and uncertainty as this bright world is stripped away. Debris is a wonderfully unsettling read. I am looking forward to the next in the series suited.