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“Imaginative and richly rendered . . . Sparks frames all of this in haunting, near-poetic detail, such that the readers can smell the toxic red sand and perhaps taste the blood. Recommended for people who crave fresh post-apocalypse chaos—because Sparks’s post-apocalyptic chaos is pretty fresh, at that.”—NK Jemisin, The New York Times

Powerful war machines of the far-future collide across a barren desert world in this post-apocalyptic debut novel from award-winning Australian author Cat Sparks.

Seventeen-year-old Star and her sister Nene are orphans, part of a thirteen-wagon caravan of nomadic traders living hard lives travelling the Sand Road. Their route cuts through a particularly dangerous and unforgiving section of the Dead Red Heart, a war-ravaged desert landscape plagued by rogue semi-sentient machinery and other monsters from a bygone age.

But when the caravan witnesses a relic-Angel satellite unexpectedly crash to Earth, a chain of events begins that sends Star on a journey far away from the life she once knew. Shanghaied upon the sandship Dogwatch, she is forced to cross the Obsidian Sea by Quarrel, an ancient Templar supersoldier. Eventually shipwrecked, Star will have no choice but to place her trust in both thieves and priestesses while coming to terms with the grim reality of her past—and the horror of her unfolding destiny—as the terrible secret her sister had been desperate to protect her from begins to unravel.

Meanwhile, something old and powerful has woken in the desert. A Lotus Blue, deadliest of all the ancient war machines. A warrior with plans of its own, far more significant than a fallen Angel. Plans that do not include the survival of humanity.

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  1. Anonymous says:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Richly developed post apocalyptic world and a good read., 4 Jun. 2018
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    Mig Bardsley

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    This review is from: Lotus Blue (Kindle Edition)
    I enjoyed this. It is well written, colourful and vivid and the characters are well done. I loved the Vans – trailing groups of travellers across a red and poisoned desert and encountering fantastic semi autonomous war machines and giant lizards and all kinds of strangeness. I loved the sand ships, the scavenging culture, the various war machines and people and given the richness of this post apocalyptic backdrop and a fairly brisk and well developed plot I’m hoping there will be more.
  2. Anonymous says:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great read, 26 Sept. 2018
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    Steve Thompson

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    Well why must I write twenty words. I enjoyed this book and that’s the simple fact. Believable and enjoyable. Emotion woven into the story
  3. Anonymous says:
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Post-apocalyptic science fiction, 6 Mar. 2017
    By 
    Avid Reader (London, UK)

    This review is from: Lotus Blue (Kindle Edition)
    The story is set in a post-apocalyptic world. Poisoned red sand is creeping over everything, killing vegetation, so there’s very little food. There are no trees, so there’s no wood. The ability to work with technology has been lost. So the most successful businesses are trading high-tech relics from before the apocalypse. Old high-tech/bio-tech hybrids have survived but gone feral. Nobody can be trusted. Life is shockingly hard. And for some reason, two of the protagonists from the war (General Lotus Blue; and the “supersoldier”, Quarrel) are waking up and begin to follow their own agendas. Against this background, we follow the story of Star, a seventeen-year old girl.

    This is a complex story. It takes about a quarter of the book to describe the fictional world and Star’s backstory. This could have been boring, but the author writes it in a way which is quite gripping, so it passes in a flash. Then the real story begins.

    The writing is good in that it disappears from view, allowing the story to be transmitted from the author’s mind to mine without road bumps. The structure is good, with interesting events at regular intervals providing a cadence and providing momentum. The characters are alive and rounded and even the minor characters are well drawn. Thoroughly recommended. Thanks Skyhorse Publishing and NetGalley for this advanced review copy, introducing me to this author.

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