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Young Adult Science Fiction in A Tinkered Stars Story

Crudrat was originally produced as a full cast audio by Artistic Whispers Productions via Kickstarter and is currently ONLY available in audio. Print & digital editions coming SPRING 2022! Join the Chirrup for updates and early look at the NEW cover. 

Maura is doomed to starve. She’s grown too tall. 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. Too tall or too broad and a crudrat gets caught on the edge and killed or maimed. Like rats, they scurry frenetically around, duty-bound to clean the air ducts so everyone else can breathe.

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

In this classic YA adventure about finding ones 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.

Crudrat full cast audio SAMPLE

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Gail’s articles, thoughts & behind the scenes extras for Crudrat. Check out this book’s Pinterest board for her visual inspiration.

There was a limited run print edition and ebook produced and distributed exclusively to kickstarter backers. There is no other way to get this book in print right now, but Gail is working to bring you print and digitial editions rebranded as part of the Tinkered Stars Universe in 2022.

If you would like more YA from Gail try the Finishing School series or Fairy Debt.

Note from the Authorbeast

Crudrat is intended to be the first of two books in The Tinkered Stars series. The second one, Countervail, 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
(Spoiler alert, it got funded.)