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Young Carmen Dula and her family are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime--they're going to Mars. Once on the Red Planet, however, Carmen realizes things are not so different from Earth. There are chores to do, lessons to learn, and oppressive authority figures to rebel against. And when she ventures out into the bleak Mars landscape alone one night, a simple accident leads her to the edge of death until she is saved by an angel--an angel with too many arms and legs, a head that looks like a potato gone bad, and a message for the newly arrived human inhabitants of Mars: We were here first.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2009.
ISBN: 9780441017393
Characteristics: 273 pages ; 17 cm


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Nov 19, 2018

This book and the trilogy is written entirely from the first person perspective of a 19 year old girl (the author is a middle aged man...weird). "Carmen" ends up sleeping with the 30 year old pilot (Paul) and then getting married later. This isn't actual science is a cheesy Lifetime Movie or Daytime Soap Opera set in Space. "Aliens" behave like humans and are secondary characters.
The next book "Starbound" has the same main character (couple now) and I can't see how anyone suspends their disbelief when reading this trilogy from the viewpoint of a teenager.

Paragraph after paragraph is focused on unbelievable relationships and personal drama and quickly glosses over "spaceship" issues/problems. Huge Thumbs Down...waste of time.

Aug 30, 2017

Pretty good for a quick read. It seems very short thanks to the small chapters. Not a lot of character development but lots of good science and interesting plot. Not as good as Forever War but I will be checking out the sequels. Started out Swiss family Robinson on Mars with some really nice work on the world-building then turned into a alien first contact.

ChristchurchLib Apr 05, 2016

Likable teen Carmen Dula departs with her family on an ultimate near-future vacation -- to be short-term colonists of Mars. But long-distance travel in cramped quarters isn't likely to sweeten anyone's disposition: Carmen's got attitude to spare upon arrival; taking out her frustrations on colonial authorities quickly leads to a deadly solo walk in the Martian wastes. What she discovers there will change everything -- if she lives to tell the tale. Fans of the author's signature hard-SF details will not be disappointed by Carmen's story, and this gutsy youthful protagonist gives this book teen appeal. Greg Bear's Moving Mars and Robert Heinlein's classic Red Planet are similarly recommended.

Apr 13, 2013

An easy to read straight forward SF story. Starts slow but picks up about midway with a classical finish.

Jul 23, 2011

Started to read this and realised that I had previously tried to read this and didnt finish it. Quite good storyline but just couldnt get in to it.

Jul 01, 2011

Enjoyable read with interesting messages in the plot. Credible characters, Martian and human. Read this one before the sequel.


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