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Children of Atlas (Atlas Cycle Book 1) by [Porta, Dustin]
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In the dome cities of the failed space colony Atlas, mankind has finally clawed its way out of a second dark ages.

Julian Reeves was born in the lawless second ring and left it behind for the budding city state of New-Lexington. Now he's the lead reporter for the station's first ever newspaper, printed on an old, movable-type printing press.

When Julian is framed for murder and flees the city with the very man responsible, he will have to put aside his newfound humanity and take up the old ways to survive.

~120k words

This is the first book in the Atlas Cycle

More writing and Art by Dustin Porta at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2325 KB
  • Print Length: 293 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00S309QGI
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,689 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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A fascinating dystopian world exists within this massive, slowly deteriorating space station. It may be dystopian, but it is far from dark and oppressive; there's a lightness of hand by the author in the telling of this tale which dissipates most of the sombreness which usually exists in stories of this genre.

It's a particularly fascinating read following the characters as they traverse this dilapidated and in parts, highly dangerous, space station on their individual journeys.

There are some very different characters to the norm and all grow and develop throughout the story. Some of them are truly unique, but all are remarkably real, three dimensional and intensely likeable.

A clever and unusual environment, groups with differing mores and occupations has been created by the author, which adds to the richness of the story and ultimately its impact on the reader.

Looking forward very much to the next book of the Atlas Cycle series appearing, because it's definitely one worth following.

Highly recommended.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Awesome world building! 25 March 2016
By Mariana Reuter - Published on
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Children of Atlas is a story about a stranded—or maybe derelict—gigantic, space station. It’s hundreds of kilometres long! After many centuries, its people have lost all contact with Earth. Also, there was a sort of civil war and some idiot nuked a third of the station, as a result of which civilisation collapsed. Parts of the station have turned into places populated by savages. In them, civilisation has returned to the stone-age days—despite the station’s technology. Packs of dogs and apes attack travellers in the stations corridors, and civilisation exists only in few cities.

Nobody knows how to control the station anymore, and it’s only by sheer luck that many of its systems still function in automatic mode. The world building is awesome! I can even think of the movie based in the story of this half-destroyed space station.

The plot is good, but without being as magnificent as the world building. However, the story’s greatest flaw is its characters. Not all of them, of course, I’d be unfair if I say all the characters are flawed. However, there’s something missing in some of them. There’s something that is preventing me to suspend disbelief. E.g. the very main character keeps helping another one whom he should have otherwise killed or abandoned. His motivations are not quite clear.

A pair of Siamese brothers, part of the main characters, need more development in order to turn into multidimensional people. The way they are presented, the interaction between the two of them is a bit far fetched.

Finally, there’s quite an amount of typos and edition issues, but I’m not worrying about them. I’m sure the author will take of them and the next edition available will be typo-free.

I’d recommend this story to all readers who enjoy space operas and soft sci-fi. The world building is so awesome that true fans will turn a blind eye towards the issues I pointed at above.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "They're not afraid of anything, they seem to know I'm getting desperate." 11 October 2016
By James Liston - Published on
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Children of Atlas takes you on a trek to a world full of danger and adventure. In the future, Addware will benefit those that are willing to suffer the pain and sacrifice their body parts in exchange for something stronger. You can have new eyes or ears that are far superior, or maybe a powerful hand or leg to increase your speed and strength.

This story is a unique journey with many surprises that fascinated me and kept me engaged. I felt connected with the colorful characters and was immersed in their day-to-day life. If it weren’t for the occasional editing errors, I would have easily given this five stars. While disappointing, it wasn’t enough to take away from the story. I’m giving four stars as an incentive to a talented author to invest in a professional editor. I look forward to reading the next addition to the Atlas Cycle series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like rats in a maze 15 October 2015
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A unique experience. Porta's first novel starts out a bit slowly, but after a few chapters, everything falls apart fast. I couldn't put the book down. The characters slowly round out over the first third of the book and then it's all I could do to hope they didn't get dragged off while they were sleeping. Like rats in a maze, they push on within a world completely different than our own. Brutal and dark, it's a world where people, even in a civilized dome city, usually die pretty young. The story develops in such a way that, by the end of the too short 350 pages, I felt as if I myself had walked, ran and crawled throughout the dark maze of Atlas. Porta has created a very real, quirky, and sometimes horrifying world. It's absolutely worth a good read. Just be prepared to be transported away from the planet for a little while.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly original. 25 February 2017
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This is a truly original story. There are lots of great sci-fi stories about advanced tech, its impact on culture/civilization and its uses for problem solving. But what happens when that tech and the society dependent on it collapses? How would the survivors manage? What kinds of culture would re-emerge? Porta has created an intriguing world inside a failed space station and peopled it with characters, each of whom have their own unique approach to survival. I am eager to learn what happens next.
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 31 March 2017
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A very different look at a possible distant future. More in this series should be good reading. Looking forward to it.