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Young Carmen Dula and her family are embarking on the adventure of a lifetime-they're going to Mars. But Carmen's rebellious streak leads her to venture out into the bleak Mars landscape alone, where 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 humans on Mars: We were here first...
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2008.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780441015955
Branch Call Number: HAL
Sci-Fi H PBK
Characteristics: 296 pages ;,24 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.

Jun 26, 2012

Such a quick, fun read!

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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