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Title:
Crystal eaters
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Crystal eaters
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[Columbia, OH] : Two Dollar Radio, [2014]
Physical Description:
183 pages ; 20 cm
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Page numbering in reverse order.
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Remy is a young girl living in a town that believes in crystal count --you are born with one hundred crystals inside. The belief is that throughout your life, your crystal count is depleted through illness and accidents until you reach zero. As a city threatens the antiquated life of their village, and the earth grows warmer, Remy is on a mission to accomplish something no one else has done --to replenish her sick mother's decreasing crystal count.

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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.

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 .



Author Notes

Shane Jones (b. 1980) lives in upstate New York. His first novel, Light Boxes, was originally published by Publishing Genius Press in a print run of 500 copies in 2009. The novel was reviewed widely, the film option purchased by Spike Jonze (Where The Wild Things Are, Adaptation), and the book was reprinted by Penguin Group in 2010. Light Boxes has been translated in eight languages and was named an NPR best book of the year. In August of 2012 Penguin released a new novel, Daniel Fights a Hurricane. Jones is also the author of the novella The Failure Six.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.