Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Stars, Like Dust

I read this for the first time the other day. It is the part of the Galactic Empire series of novels, set in the same universe as the Foundation series, but at an earlier time period. The backdrop for the story is a group of kingdoms being oppressed by a tyrannical empire, named surprisingly Tyrann. The protagonist is a young man, whose father is executed for being part of the conspiracy to overthrow Tyrann rule of the Kingdoms. Earth appears to be mostly a wasteland as the result of nuclear warfare in an earlier age, but there is still some settlements there. The story opens with the protagonist studying at a university on earth, and someone apparently trying to kill him with a radiation bomb. What ensues is his trying to figure out who tried to kill him, finding out who is responsible for the death of his father, and eventually a search for a mysterious rebellion world. Overall, an entertaining if simple story. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

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