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Neon Sands

A Dystopian Sci-Fi (The Neon Sands Trilogy, Book 1)
Narrated by: Steven Miller
Series: The Neon Sands Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
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The stars brought life to the planet, and the stars destroyed it.

It was ash on fingertips and vast. Stepping upon it gave the impression that it had come not from below, buffed by millions of years of wind slicing against rock, but rather from above; that, perhaps, it had drifted down and settled here.

This is the post-apocalyptic sandscape that Calix and Annora must navigate - when they're old enough to join the scavenger crews outside of the domes, that is.

They've spent their entire lives within Sanctum, the domed town that protects them from the dangerous sands that storm against the curved wall. But they are orphans, with questions about their heritage. With a childhood that prepares them to become scavengers. With a father figure in Kirillion who has an agenda all of his own - just what are they searching for when the scavenger crews depart?

All grown up, they join Walker's crew, scouring the sand in giant Crawlers, ready to dig. When an accident unlocks childhood memories and murder, questions arise within the crew about where their allegiances lie and what their true purpose is. And then, their search hits the big time. 

A sci-fi dystopian adventure in an inhospitable landscape, Neon Sands is the opening book in an epic series that will explore man’s technological and innate potential and the search for hope when all looks bleak. 

©2017 Adam J. Smith (P)2020 Adam J. Smith

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"From ash, to blood, to ash, we thank you."

The red sand is everywhere, threatening death to anyone outside the domes, drowning, suffocating. The remnants of humanity live on inside the protective towns, provisions carefully regulated, orphan children being accepted into communities to become part of the extended family. Calex is one such child, growing to manhood in Sanctum. His childhood friend, Zai'ir was not as fortunate, having fallen and died when still a youth. Then, on an expedition away from the dome, Calex begins to have strange memories... Great start to a dystopian science fiction trilogy, with good world building and an intriguing story line. Narration by Steven Miller is also well performed. Recommended for any S.F. aficionados. The opening chapters offer some slight confusion, but stay with it: this is a story to follow. My thanks to Story Origin, from whom I received a freely gifted complimentary copy of Neon Sands, at my reauest. There is a short story prequel, Neon Zero, sadly not yet on Audible but available from Kindle, which is now one my to read list which might shed light on how the landscape originated, but it is not an essential read to enjoy Neon Sands.