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The Tinkered Stars 1 in Tinkered Stars Universe

Maura is doomed to starve. Her space station has no further use for her. 




With only her crud-eating murmel and a fuzzy alien stranger to help, Maura must find a way to survive, before they catch her and blow what’s left of her life into space. 

In the far future, on a space-port the size of a city, crudrats scrape out a meager living cleaning the great machines that generate usable power. Only children can safely traverse the cramped tunnels and the massive blades that harvest crud. But one misstep and a crudrat gets caught on a blade edge and killed. Like rats, they scurry through the bulkheads, duty-bound to clean the air ducts so everyone else can breathe.

But, when they grow too big to be useful, they become outcasts. Now one of the forgotten, Maura might just be able to turn rejection into escape – if she’s resourceful enough.

In this classic YA adventure about finding one’s place in the universe, Gail Carriger brings golden age-style science fiction into the 21st century, stuffs it full of heart, and gives it a finely polished, gleaming edge. 

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Full cast audio first published 04/28/2014 by Artistic Whispers Productions.

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Note from the Authorbeast

Crudrat is intended to be the first of two books in The Tinkered Stars series. The second one exists only in outline form. I hope to write it eventually but this series has a very strong voice, quite different from the Parasolverse, it must wait until I have a free block of time.

Praise for Crudrat

“Cravats, humour and kickassery are a given (it is Gail Carriger, after all). This time, Maura isn’t one of the upper crust. She isn’t anyone. It’s an interesting dynamic; the nastier side of human nature and classism are addressed. The world is creative and delightfully ridiculous, and the character dynamics fun.”

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The Crudrat Kickstarter Promo Video
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