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Crystal Eaters
by Shane Jones


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Remy is a young girl who lives in a town that believes in crystal count: that you are born with one-hundred crystals inside and throughout your life, through accidents and illness, your count is depleted until you reach zero.

As a city encroaches daily on the village, threatening their antiquated life, and the Earth grows warmer, Remy sets out to accomplish something no one else has: to increase her sick mother's crystal count.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Remy is a young girl who lives in a town that believes in crystal count: that you are born with one-hundred crystals inside and throughout your life, through accidents and illness, your count is depleted until you reach zero.

As a city encroaches daily on the village, threatening their antiquated life, and the Earth grows warmer, Remy sets out to accomplish something no one else has: to increase her sick mother's crystal count.

An allegory, fable, touching family saga, and poetic sci-fi adventure, Shane Jones underlines his reputation as an inspired and unique visionary.

Shane Jones's (b. 1980) first novel, Light Boxes, was originally published by Publishing Genius Press in a print run of five hundred copies in 2009. The novel was reviewed widely, the film optioned by Spike Jonze, and the book was reprinted by Penguin. Light Boxes has been translated in eight languages and was named an NPR best book of the year. Jones is also the author of the novels Daniel Fights a Hurricane and The Failure Six.



 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781937512187
  • ISBN-10: 1937512185
  • Publisher: Two Dollar Radio
  • Publish Date: July 2014
  • Page Count: 183
  • Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.57 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-04-28
  • Reviewer: Staff

In his newest novel, Jones (Light Boxes) recreates a mythical and hallucinatory experience of a family fighting mortality. Remy’s dog has just died, her village is being supernaturally consumed by the nearby city, and her mother’s crystal count is quickly diminishing. In the universe Remy lives in, crystals determine how much life a person has left. Each person is born with 100 crystals inside of him or her; the crystals are depleted over time, and when there are no more, the person dies. Crystals can be excavated from the ground, but such crystals are allegedly only good for generating electricity. Remy refuses to believe that a person’s crystal count cannot be replenished to extend life, and so she decides to search for “black crystals,” which, according to myth, give eternal life. She doesn’t know that her brother, Pants, has found black crystals. He has given one to their mother, who is dying, without explaining its use and consumes them secretly himself. While both siblings fight for their mother’s life, their father believes her death is inevitable. Jones’s main idea is simple: “If you are remembered forever, you live forever.” But, ultimately, undeveloped characters, excessive ungrounded tangents, and general disorganization obscure a lovely premise. (June)

 
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