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Saving Mars (Saving Mars, #1) (edició 2012)

de Cidney Swanson

Sèrie: Saving Mars (1)

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"A sci-fi novel that soars along with a teenage heroine whose imperfections help make her believable and endearing." - Kirkus, starred reviewWhen the food supply of Mars' human settlement is decimated, seventeen-year-old Jessamyn Jaarda, the best pilot Mars Colonial has ever seen, flies to Earth to raid for food. Earth-Mars relations couldn't be worse, and her brother is captured during the raid. Breaking rules of secrecy and no contact, Jess finds an ally in Pavel, nephew to a government official, but their friendship only makes more agonizing the choice before her: Save her brother or save her planet? (378pp.)… (més)
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Títol:Saving Mars (Saving Mars, #1)
Autors:Cidney Swanson
Informació:Williams Press, Kindle Edition, 384 pages
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Valoració:****
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This reminds me of a Heinlein juvenile, in all the best ways. A bright, rebellious redheaded teen gets sent on an emergency mission because her neuro-atypical brother can't handle the trip without her, and of course things go sideways from there. I was alternately reminded of Podkayne of Mars and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, and that's pretty fine company.

There are some interesting social and scientific ideas here, and it's always fun to see Earth through the eyes of someone who's only ever known Mars. There's a bit of reading between the lines required, but we gradually get to see that the Mars colony is in pretty bad shape, holding on by pure determination and refusal to quit. I'm looking forward to seeing how one plot development affects her brother, but saying more would be a major spoiler.

The book's not without its flaws, though. One scientific clunker is that the Mars colony has trouble with peroxide - it's just H2O2; it'll break down into oxygen and water just fine. There are a few formatting flaws, too, such as the ship names not being italicized. (They are in the second book, which means this one clashes by comparison.) They're not huge problems, but there are enough flaws for me to deny the book a fifth star. I've already started on book two (of six), though, and I may well blaze through the whole series in short order. ( )
  RevBobMIB | Oct 21, 2015 |
I loved Cidney Swanson's Rippler series so when I was given the chance to read this book for review I took it. Now, I'm not a big Sci-Fi reader. I don't mind Sci-fi in movie/television form, but its not normally what I gravitate to for reading material. However, I am so glad I read this book!

This book caught me from the first page and I couldn't stop reading it whenever I had the chance to read. I enjoyed the concept, the writing and pace of the book, the characters, the story and futuristic descriptions. This book excelled in adventure and the story took some nice twists and turns. Do I want to continue reading this series even though I'm not big on Sci-Fi, heck yeah!

If you like a great story, an interest in a futuristic world, great characters and adventure then I'd highly recommend this book for those pre-teen and older. ( )
  llyramoon | Sep 10, 2014 |
I enjoyed this story, and I sort of want to know what happens next, but for some reason I feel really critical of some of the plot points.

Things I did like: I liked the idea of the Mars colonies. I liked how they were surviving, but not very well. I liked the images of what was needed to survive daily life on Mars: the walk-out suits, the ration bars, the bi-annum visits with the planetary dog. These were fun and interesting details that helped make the Marsian world realistic to me.

I also loved Jessamyn's sense of wonder. I like that it is a key motivating factor for her, and what it implies about her character. I've never seen this characteristic brought out in a novel before, but I think here it did both the character and the plotline justice.

And the idea of re-bodying cracked me up. I thought it was so fascinating, I had to explain it to my husband. The concept also provides the novel with a lot of interesting plot-twist possibilities which Swanson utilizes well.

1. I don't understand how Jess got to be pilot of the Galleon. Not only is she only a pilot trainee when the mission begins, but she was suspended for her refusal to obey direct orders. While I don't think we were ever told exactly how many people live on Mars, I got the feeling it must have been at least as many as live in a small city on earth, so maybe 50k? Surely, out of that many people, there must have been at least one person who was a more skilled pilot than Jess. She's intuitive and talented, fine, but I have to believe experience would count for far, far more in a scenario where the survival of the whole planet is at stake.

Similarly, When the survival of said planet depends on people following orders very carefully, who on God's red Mars would assign a delinquent who not only got in trouble, but never comes to understand why what she did was wrong? Okay, the CEO liked her honesty, but I would have expected them to at least require her to make some kind of formal declaration of understanding about what she did wrong.

On paper, she's given the pilot job because she's the only one who can help her brother survive the trip. So why not send her along solely in the capacity of her brother's keeper? Nothing in the story suggests that the ships were physically limited to 5-person crews.

2. Jessamyn's lack of common sense really bothered me. It led to the above problems with her refusing to obey orders and then refusing to understand why that was a problem. It also leads to nearly all the plot complications. She doesn't know beans about how things work on Earth, but instead of being cautious and observant, she leaps to conclusions about everything from what's edible to appropriate disguises to how carefully she will be monitored by the Terrans. I know one of the central themes was her struggle to see things from other people's perspectives, but this went slightly outside those lines to simple stupidity. I wanted to shake her on several occasions.

I can't blame Jess for being a 17-year-old. I think she acted exactly like a 17-year-old would act. I blame other people for ignoring this and giving her the duties of a 30-year-old and for expecting her to act differently than her history suggested she would.

3. Pavel. Nice kid. Bit of a twinkie. Too much of a Deus ex Machina. He kept somehow being in all the right places at all the right times with - despite his relationship to his powerful aunt, rather than because of it - all the appropriate access to resources Jess needed to help her get out of the next impossible scrape.

I dunno. In the end, I'm kind of disappointed by this book that was Hugo-nominated and* Kirkus-awarded and so very well reviewed. I also feel like I can guess how the series progresses, what with an illicit attempted rescue mission for Ethan and Harpreet, discovery of the Marsians by the evil Lucca, a bit of war between them, and then Lucca somehow deposed to be replaced by her Marsian-sympathizing nephew who will bring about a new era of peace and cooperation and lovesies with Jess. All speculation of course.

*I don't remember where I got the idea it was Hugo-nominated, but apparently it was not. In any case, the fact that I thought it was did influence my quantity of disappointment, so I'll just cross that bit out instead of deleting it. :) ( )
  Snukes | Jun 14, 2013 |
Not a bad read. Definite page turner ( )
  GirlsonFire | Feb 22, 2013 |
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"A sci-fi novel that soars along with a teenage heroine whose imperfections help make her believable and endearing." - Kirkus, starred reviewWhen the food supply of Mars' human settlement is decimated, seventeen-year-old Jessamyn Jaarda, the best pilot Mars Colonial has ever seen, flies to Earth to raid for food. Earth-Mars relations couldn't be worse, and her brother is captured during the raid. Breaking rules of secrecy and no contact, Jess finds an ally in Pavel, nephew to a government official, but their friendship only makes more agonizing the choice before her: Save her brother or save her planet? (378pp.)

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