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Before too long, I forgot Rosalie's diminutive size and the small world around her and was totally pulled in to the story and her plight And I have to give kudos to the author for pulling me in and getting me past the initial wariness I had with a story about little pixies, too. Her world building and character development was wonderfully entwined in the story. We first learn about Rosalie through her simple, care-free life in the Hollow before her little world comes crashing down around her when she's stolen by the more powerful fae, and kept isolated and starved before she is forced into a pixie slave-labour camp.

To the powerful fae, pixies are at the bottom of the totempole. Above them are the spriggans who are considered the enforcers for the fae and then the true faeries themselves are at the top of the food chain where they have been capturing pixies for years, using them till there is nothing left but a hollow husk, to manufacture pixie dust used to create their illusions. This is so NOT a Tinkerbell tale And they can be very cruel!

As I mentioned, we follow the story through Rosalie. To say that this little pixie is small and sweet would be a terrible injustice! Sure, she started off that way -- initially, she didn't have a care in the world except the peer pressure she felt from her best friend to start 'courting'. Rosalie is a bit of a loner and appreciates nature more than anyone in her Hollow.

But when she is stolen away into the cruel life forced upon her, she literally becomes larger than life.

I can't under-emphasize the lengths of cruelty the fae put upon her with the intention of breaking her spirit She managed to keep her insecurities hidden when required and kept her snarky personality at the forefront, which sometimes got the better of her and subjected her to even more tortures. But her strength was so admirable that there was no way that I could not root for Rosalie!

During one of Rosalie's bouts of imprisonment, she finds an unlikely ally in Jack, a faerie who is sent to guard her as his own punishment for playing one too many pranks. There is an obvious and expected contentiousness between them at first, but through the horrors of Rosalie's captivity at the hands of Finley and his brute spriggans, a friendship blossoms, which eventually becomes something much more and I was a total sap for it.

I adored Jack! He showed another side of the fae that gave us hope that not ALL of them are capable of such evilness. The things he did for Rosalie, often humiliating at times for her, just made me appreciate him all the more. And as their relationship grew But Jack was unselfishly bound and determined to free Rosalie from her imprisonment. If I had one complaint, it would be that this story suffered from a little TMI too much information at times.

While I'll admit that I have sometimes wondered in other stories what the characters do when 'nature calls' while being kept in a crude prison, this story didn't leave anything to the imagination. However, I believe that the author intended it to be that way because it resulted in me feeling so bad for Rosalie having to suffer the humiliation of such issues in front of Jack The ending does wrap up on a bit of a cliffhanger, and left me wanting more Finally, I'd like to thank the author for the opportunity to read and review this book prior to it's release.

Dec 19, Jennifer Bad Bird Reads rated it really liked it Shelves: reviewed , young-adult , fantasy , fae. I was glued to the pages, I just wish more happened. The Good Here's The Story Rosalie is a young, energetic pixie who loves to spend her time with mother earth. That is until she is enslaved by fairies and used for free labor making pixie dust. In this pixie prison, Rosalie sees horrors and desolation beyond comprehension. Almost driven to the point of madness, Rosalie attempts to escape.

But is soon captured and punished with isolation and torture. But Jack, her fairy guard, is different from the other fairies. He's kind and supportive and cares for Rosalie more than he would like to admit. He is resolute in helping her escape but Rosalie's growing feelings for Jack make her hesitant to leave him behind. From Darkness to Light I read the summary of this book and was like, "Fairies? Am all over it. But then I started reading the book and I was like, "Oh, not so cute. More like dark, sinister, and heart-breaking. This is not a fairytale, this is a story about slavery, pain, endurance and love.

Strange combination, right? But it worked. And though this story is dark, it also has light. Jack and Rosalie build this relationship in a dark hole of despair and find solace in one another. Rosalie was so spirited and energetic in the beginning. She didn't quite fit in with the rest of her people, but she found a place for herself within the plants and flowers. Her world was ripped from her when she was taken. She had known nothing but friendship and peace until she was introduced to starvation, non-stop manual labor, and death. The pixies in the prison die often from overwork and desolation.

Rosalie held out for a long time. I was proud of her, but the air of hopelessness does finally catch up with her. It broke my heart to see her become like the rest of the catatonic pixies. Then the motherly figure, Juniper, builds Rosalie back up. I loved Juniper, she was so gentle and kind. She gave Rosalie her will to live back. What Happens in the Hole, Stays in the Hole It was even more heartbreaking when Rosalie was thrown in a dark, deep hole where she was tortured repeatedly with the breaking of her wings. I could feel the pain she was going through with Ashley's descriptive writing.

I was so relieved when Jack came into the picture. It seemed like there was no hope before him. At first, Jack was not very likable. He was a spoiled brat who treated Rosalie like trash. But we soon learn the truth behind his bad behavior and his caring for her makes the reader start to love him. Jack and Rosalie go through things no one should have to go through. Ashley did not hold back on the indignities of imprisonment, which made the whole experience that much more realistic.

So Much More The writing was mesmerizing and detailed. I could picture every scene in great detail be it beautiful or horrible. It changes a lot of the dynamics because these people are no more than 7 inches tall. The the ending was both heart-breaking and exhilarating. And it stressed the crap out of me. I was so nervous and then Ashley had to end it at a vital part, so you can't wait to read the second book.

There is so much of the story left to be written. I can't wait for book two. The Bad There is nothing big that I didn't like about this book. But there was a sense of As if something was missing. I think not enough happened to wow me. For me, something substantial must happen to make me say a book is amazing. But Dust focuses on the day to day happenings of an imprisoned pixie I'm hoping the second book really picks up.

The Snuggly This is a very clean book. The relationship between Jack and Rosalie hasn't even scratched the surface in Dust. Final Thoughts Dust is like no other fairy book I have read. It's a perfect mixture of dark and light. It takes you down a dismal path that will leave you aching for the characters, but you know there has to be a happy ending somewhere. Or at least we can hope.

A very recommended read.

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The stars make everyone ponder unanswered questions, makes everyone smile. And no matter who you are, where you are or what you've done, they're always there for you. No matter what. I may be smaller, I may be weaker, but I was born free, should die free. You will not take this from me. Nov 11, Elisabeth Wheatley rated it it was amazing Shelves: obtained , reviewed , fantasy , fey , indies , love-stories-i-actually-liked , pnr , adventure-and-magic , my-personal-library. It was such a great read that I finished it on Christmas day.

This story was an engaging, fascinating tale and Ms. Though this was a wonderful book and I enjoyed it immensely, as noted by the five sparkling stars, there was one thing I had a problem with. The plot: In a world of faeries, pixies, and spriggans, young Rosal 5 out of 5 stars Looky! The plot: In a world of faeries, pixies, and spriggans, young Rosalie is different from the other young pixlings.

She prefers the presence of nature to that of her hyper-active roommate and the quiet of the trees to the chatter of her friends. Then one day she is abducted and made into a slave for the faeries along with dozens of other pixies to make an endless supply of pixie dust. There she witnesses and suffers terrible conditions and brutal treatment of her and her kind while trying to stay alive and maintain her sanity. Then, after the death of a close friend, Rosalie snaps and attempts an escape.

She fails and is thrown in prison where a boyish young faerie is assigned to break her, but ends up falling in love with her instead. However, there are pages in this book and we get to page before we actually meet Jack, our love interest. As it is, it felt a bit lopsided. The characters: Okay, so I seriously considered taking down my star rating by one, but I enjoyed this book way too much to do that. Rosalie is compassionate, kind, and yet has enough steel in her to keep from buckling under the horrible conditions she and the others are subjected to. Her relationship with Jack was my kind of love story—sweet with heaps of difficulty for good measure.

It was interesting to see her begin to question the social convention of her pixie hollow and even wonder if some parts of faerie family structure were better. Jack was adorable. But as time goes on and Jack realizes that Rosalie was kidnapped and forced into bondage for no reason, he becomes more empathetic and even protective. He cares for her wounds and begins to make plans to free her, even though that will probably mean never seeing her again. The supporting cast was diverse and interesting and each served their purpose in the story.

Jul 05, April rated it liked it Shelves: galleys-arc-review. I don't normally judge a book by its cover, but the gorgeous look of DUST made me want to read it. I'm not a fan of faeries or pixies whatsoever, but the summary of this book was so enticing that at the moment I wanted to grab a copy and devour it.

It reminds me of those cute and adorable Disney fairies which I loved and enjoyed watching. Though this book isn't entirely about fairy tales and happy endings, I think it's beautiful and inspiring. Befor I don't normally judge a book by its cover, but the gorgeous look of DUST made me want to read it. Before the Spriggans captured Rosalie, she was living with her roommate Poppy in their Hollow.

She was an adventurous, free-spirited little pixie who finds happiness and comfort in her humble little tree-house. Now, she's living in a pit away from home with fellow slaves who have broken wings and deteriorating bodies. They are forced to work long hours making magic dusts--deprived of food and most of all, freedom. This isn't that Rosalie wish for and she will do her best to get her freedom back and save the other pixies from forced labor and near death.

But in her attempt to escape, she was caught and put back into prison for torture and breaking of her wings. She prepared herself for the worst, but what she didn't expect was to become friends with the suddenly nice, gorgeous faerie who is assigned to guard her. The story is interesting and might as well unique since I haven't read any stories like this one before. I'd say though, that the first half of the book was a little slow for me and I was fighting the urge to skip a few lines just to get to the part where the action and romance will happen.

During the first part of the story, I felt mixture of emotions, most of them sadness and pity for those poor pixies that were deprived of their freedom and soon die without hope. It was a bit emotional for me too, especially when it comes to the characters I began to care for. I just think that it could have been more exciting if we could see more than just glimpses of the other characters in the story. I can see big potentials for some of those minor characters and I'm looking forward to seeing them again in the next installments.

Even though the first half was a little slow for me, I'd say that my favorite part happened in the second half of the book. When I pictured Jack descending from the top of the prison down to the hole where Rosalie was, I finally see myself smiling and dreaming for that love story that I was waiting for since the beginning of the book. It wasn't love at first sight but their chemistry has been obvious to me ever since. I know that some may find their romantic relationship a bit rushed but I still enjoy it and the fact that these two characters finally found each other made me giddy and excited.

I know there are more to anticipate in their relationship and I want to see how everything will work out for the two of them. Some books know how to make their readers hanging by the end of the story, and this book did it BIG time! I wasn't expecting something like that. And I wasn't prepared for such a cliffhanger ending. This book surprised me! After the ending I was left open-mouthed. I didn't know how to react at first.

It wasn't something I expected but I believe it's good that the readers have something more to anticipate in the coming sequel. If you're looking for a fast and enjoyable read that will touch your imagination as well as your heart, read this book. It has a promising plot, interesting storyline, and likable characters. I enjoyed it and I'm looking forward for the next book. I got this book for review from the author, Devon Ashley. I've seen this book around before and I've always thought it sounded amazing.

The cover is just gorgeous and so magical looking. I also love the catchphrase on the left up corner; With broken wings we fly. It fits perfectly with this fantastic story. The first part of the synopsis is very alluring to me because of the numbers. It just totally catches the attention of the reader in my opinion. The other half of the synopsis suck the reader I got this book for review from the author, Devon Ashley.

The other half of the synopsis suck the reader also right in. Pixies enslaved by faeries? Sounds fascinating, right? Well, it didn't only sound that way, it was also pretty darn good! Dust is a very original fae story that sets around a sixteen-year-old pixie girl named Rosalie. She lives in her Hollow with other pixies. She loves is there and yet she seems to be kind of an outsider.

Even so, she would never have dreamed about leaving her home. One thing she hadn't count on was getting kidnapped to be forced into slavery. It's where this tale gets a darker twist. And I just loved it! I was hooked instantly by this story. The writing, I mean, wow! It was amazing. So detailed and simply mesmerizing to read. I can say that this is one of the best books I've read writing-wise. I could simply not stop reading! So, it's not surprising at all that I finished this book in less than two days.

So good! I'm also very excited to check out some more of Devon Ashley's books. I have a feeling they'll also be brillant as Dust is. I loved Rosalie. She's truly one of the best main characters I have read about. I had never read about pixies except for Tinker Bell. Rosalie is so damn brave, spunky, smart and absolutely not a quitter. We need more of this kind of female main characters ASAP! I also loved Juniper and Willow, pretty much the two only pixies also trapped in the slavery with Rosalie that still could think straight.

Juniper was so sweet, such a mother figure. I was pretty much crying when she died. It was so terribly sad. Willow on the other hand was more of a tough, don't get in my face kinda girl, but when Juniper died she and Rosalie got a little closer. I liked that. I loved this entire fae world. I've always loved books like that but this one is absolutely, without a doubt high on my favorite list. There were some dark scenes, where I could almost feel Rosalie's torment, especially when they broke her wings over and over again. But it's dark YA books like these that I find amazing.

It took a little while before Jack came into the story. But once he did, I knew right away that I would love him. He's so darn cute. And so sweet to Rosalie, once he got over being stuck with her for punishment. Slowly but surely I saw their feelings for one another grow. It was so refreshing to read something like this for a change, where love slowly grows instead of the insta-love you read almost in every YA book nowadays.

And did I mention it's forbidden love? Who can resist that! The end was heartbreaking and so hard for me to read. I just wanted for Rosalie and Jack to stay together and be happy even though I knew it had to happen like this. Thank god there will be a second book! I, for one cannot wait to get my hands on it. I can only hope it'll be as mind blowing as this one. Dust is a captivating fae tale with a dash of romance that will entertain any reader who is remotely interested in reading young adult fantasy, paranormal or just any books that's simply astonishing to read with its richly detailed writing.

Apr 15, Mandy rated it it was amazing Shelves: suspense , fairies-or-fae , ebooks , fantasy , love-the-cover , new2you-author , ya-paranormal , rd-reviews , favorite-authors , favorite-series. I received Dust for review from the author Devon Ashley in return for a honest review. Rosalie grew up in a Hallow where are the Pixie children are raised together by the village. While the other pixies are teens are thinking about courting and finding mates all Rosalie wants to do is enjoy her time in the forest. On a night when a storm is brewing Rosalie is attacked taken from her home only to wake up in a hole in the ground.

After several days of being neglected she's moved into the pit with I received Dust for review from the author Devon Ashley in return for a honest review. After several days of being neglected she's moved into the pit with the other pixies, where they are forced to make pixie dust for the fairies. All pixies have their wings broken and iron clamped on them to keep them at their backs, they are fed minimal food and forced to work sun up to sun down. When the leader of the little group dies from the abuse Rosalie has enough and takes the chance to make a break for it when she sees that the place they are kept is glamoured.

However she doesn't make it far before she's captured and put back into the dark hole. The warden of the prison visits her in attempt to break her will but Rosalie is stronger then most and won't give up, he even has her wings broken 68 times. When Jack gets in trouble at home for a prank he's in put in charge of breaking Rosalie but he's not like the warden. Instead of beating Rosalie he brings her more food, medicine to help her wings. The once severely malnourished pixie starts to get put some weight on looking more like her own self. The more time the pair spends together they find themselves developing feelings for each other.

Yet Fairies and Pixies are two different species and aren't meant to be together. Dust is about Rosalie after she's taken from the hollow her experiences while living as a prisoner of the fairies. I really loved Rosalie as a character she's unique unlike the other pixies in her hollow she's strong willed and fighter. No matter how bad her time is in the hole she's still a fighter and I admire how she doesn't give up. I like the relationship between Jack and Rosalie she needs someone who is like her and willing to protect her even if it risks himself.

The story-line is fast paced full of action, emotions, trials and tribulations that kept me drawn in right from the start. I had a really hard time putting Dust down and frankly I didn't till I finished. Only to find I have to wait till the next one comes out. I wish I had it now or maybe yesterday so I could start it. I want to know what's going to happen in the next chapter of Rosalie's life.

I don't want to spoil the book but one of the best books I've read this year for sure. It has everything I could of asked for, plus characters I connected with a really loved. Sep 20, Chelsey Wolford rated it liked it. The introduction of this book was a pleasant surprise. I was so caught up in the Pixies and their own little world.

I loved how Rosalie described her home and her friends Poppy, Mustard, and Tin. Everything just felt so real. Devon writes in a different style and it is one that I can appreciate. She makes sure to leave out no detail at all, no matter if it is big or small. When you introduce a new world like this, as a writer, you almost have to pretend that you are writing to an audience of peo The introduction of this book was a pleasant surprise. I almost wanted her to stay and explore the world of the fae more just so I could meet other Pixies and Fairies for myself; I know totally selfish of me.

The imagery is beautiful and the descriptions from Rosalie led me to believe that I was going to be reading a book that was light and fun and would explore this fairy world more and more. This book takes a drastic turn near the very start. Rosalie is captured and is taken into what seems to me like a slave labor ring. Her wings are broken and her life has been changed in a way that she never saw coming. It almost made me feel bad for Rosalie because only a few pages prior to this she made a few comments about wanting more. She got out of the confined like fairy realm that she was living in, but this one is vial and cruel and I did not like it at all.

I loved the writing of the book and I think Devon does a great job of taking you, as the reader, on an incredible journey where you will meet some inspiring and rough around the edges characters. I just did not like all the torture and suffering that these captured fairies faced. I was so sad for most of the book and I wanted to be happy about something. I felt like I did grow closer to Rosalie and I loved her character more at the end of the book than at the beginning. This review and more at www. This book is it.

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Some of it is even quite difficult and harrowing: even though the characters are of the fae, the author makes the pain and torture of their slavery feel q This review and more at www. Some of it is even quite difficult and harrowing: even though the characters are of the fae, the author makes the pain and torture of their slavery feel quite real. The world building is beautifully detailed, but not overly so, never interfering with the flow of the plot.

Rosalie, our heroine, is a survivor and a leader. She endures the extreme pain of having her wings broken, slave labor, starvation, and torture. But, she still holds on to the hope that there is an escape, and she is determined to save all of the other pixies, those that are not as strong as herself.

I enjoyed the chaste, though forbidden romance between Rosalie and Jack. Even in the darkness of their circumstances, there was lightness and even moments of humor in their romance. This book is appropriate for YA readers but is certainly a book for adults as well. I loved the entire journey, the immersive storytelling, and the fae characters that feel human in their own way.

This first book in the series left me eagerly anticipating the next installment.

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Jul 02, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: r2r-complete , read Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis as part of the Dust blog tour. Thanks to Devon Ashley. She likes to be left alone, and is a bit of a free spirit. Nothing can prepare her for what she is about to face though.

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Drugged, kidnapped, and nearly killed, Rosalie finds herself imprisoned by fairies, branded with a number, and Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis as part of the Dust blog tour. Drugged, kidnapped, and nearly killed, Rosalie finds herself imprisoned by fairies, branded with a number, and forced into a fairy dust production line.

A failed attempt leaves her imprisoned in a pit with a fairy guard Jack , who seem to care about her more than he should, and even though relationships between pixies and fairies is against the rules, Rosalie finds herself falling for Jack. Can Rosalie ever hope to escape the fairy dust factory though? Can she rescue all the other kidnapped pixies? And can a relationship between a pixie and a fairy ever be allowed?

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This was a sweet fairy tale, with a bit of a bite! Jack is such a sweet character also, and shows such caring and consideration for Rosalie even when she is imprisoned and not looking her best. I also liked some of the other pixies that Rosalie meets in the prison and the relationships she forms with them. The story had a lot of different elements to it, and flowed nicely, and I liked the descriptions of the pixies village and communities and stuff, as well as the way that Rosalie felt about them.

This book should be given a reward for how amazing it is, I think this is the best book I've read and I've read hundreds of books. I wont lie I may have cried once or twice maybe five times, but who's counting? Okay, lets get serious now, I'm not going to give anything away on how this ends or any juicy detail, but if you like books about pixies with romance and some violence in it you'll love this. There is nothing about this book that I would want changed, though I wished the pixies and fair This book should be given a reward for how amazing it is, I think this is the best book I've read and I've read hundreds of books.

There is nothing about this book that I would want changed, though I wished the pixies and fairies were taller, there size in this though doesn't even matter really and it fits in with the story. About the book, the main character is Rosalie, Rosalie is a fierce, strong-willed and extremely determined female pixie, I prefer main female characters to be strong and independent, and boy was Rosalie all that and more!

Back on track, Rosalie was taken from her Hollow where she lives and was brought to a place run by fairies, to be a slave and make pixie dust. While there she meets other pixie slaves, makes friends and see's some die. After a close friends death, Rosalie sees a way out, but gets caught trying to escape. She's put into a pit and has her wings broken and is starved until Jack is forced to watch her and punish her until she's broken.

Jack at first seems like a real spoiled ass, but as the story goes on you can see that he really starts to care about Rosalie and takes care of her, after he watches the Warden break Rosalie's wings in sixty-eight spots because Jack wasn't torturing her. I'm going to stop there because anything else might give it away, but this book is truly amazing and had me hooked from the first few chapters in, and I didn't stop reading until I finished it.

This was a fast read, and I will definitely read the next one when it comes. Jan 01, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: book-tour , four-star-reviews. I haven't read too many books about fae in the past, so I didn't really know what to expect out of this book, especially one where there are absolutely no humans present. Rosalie doesn't interact with the human world at all, and in fact doesn't even mention them at all.

So it was neat to read something that focused entirely on the world of pixie, faeries, and other woodland creatures.

The author does some pretty cool worldbuilding that is presented in a way that usually doesn't feel like an "info-dump" whenever Rosalie is explaining certain things about hierarchy, expectations, community life, and different species of fae. I do wish that we'd gotten to learn more about Jack and his personality. We see him for only brief periods of time whenever he is checking on Rosalie, so she herself is still learning about him. I suspect we'll learn more about him in the next books. I did expect more of the book to be devoted to her revenge against her captors, given the line of "the first day the faeries will regret stealing me" in the summary.

Instead, the book is all about her captivity, so I'm guessing the other books in the series will be about her exposing her captors. The book was a quick read and while there was some level of violence towards Rosalie and the other captive pixies, the romance aspect was very clean. For the first book in a series it did its job very well - it introduced the major players, made me care about Rosalie and what happened to her, and made you want to read more! Dec 15, Satarupa rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-to-review-books. I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side.

Firstly I would like to thank the author, the publisher and the tour organizing company for giving me this opportunity of reading and reviewing this fabulous book. This really was a fantastic read and I really enjoyed it very much. It's an unique take on Fae fantasy where we got to get a glimpse of a pixie's life and also got to experience the world through her eyes and words.

I love first person POV and I I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side. I love first person POV and I enjoyed it a lot in here. Coming to the characters, well they were just awesome and well developed. My personal favourite is Rosalie obviously and I adored her strength and resolve. She is confident and can think a way out in dire situations as well. The romance is cute and I love forbidden romances so it was a treat for me. I loved the writing style of the author as well. It's so descriptive and full of details that you will be able to visualize the entire story while reading it and this was really necessary to make the readers a part of this new and unique world that the author created so beautifully.

Making the readers enjoy the story through Rosalie's POV really was hard to pull but the author pulled that up and made me really connected to Rosalie emotionally and my heart wrenched witnessing her miserable conditions. I'm really looking forward to the sequel and really excited to carry on experiencing the upcoming challenges and opportunities that Rosalie would come along. A great read with a totally new and unique Fae world that will totally impress you and you'll find it hard to put this book down, it's so addictive!!!

Enjoy guys!!! Oct 10, Tricia rated it really liked it Shelves: books-i-own , faries. When I first started reading dust I really wasn't sure if it was going to be something I enjoyed. It was definitely different from a lot of books i have been reading lately. Pixies are not creatures i have read a lot of books about, which was a refreshing change of pace! The first 50 pages, nothing was really peeking my interest. Then as I continued things really got going.

That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there--on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate.

Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand. It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world.