I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn
Published by Tor on January 17, 2017
Genres: Science Fiction
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Well known for her Kitty Norville bestselling series, Carrie Vaughn has written Martians Abroad, a novel with great crossover appeal. Polly Newton has one single-minded dream, to be a starship pilot and travel the galaxy. Her mother, the Director of the Mars Colony, derails Polly's plans when she sends Polly and her genius twin brother, Charles, to Galileo Academy on Earth--the one planet Polly has no desire to visit. Ever.
Homesick and cut off from her own plans for her future, Polly cannot seem to fit into the constraints of life on Earth, unlike Charles, who deftly maneuvers around people and sees through their behavior to their true motives. Strange, unexplained, dangerous coincidences centered on their high-profile classmates begin piling up. Charles may be right--there's more going on than would appear, and the stakes are high. With the help of Charles, Polly is determined to find the truth, no matter the cost.
Since I really enjoyed this author’s Kitty Norville books and I’ve rediscovered my love of science fiction, Martians Abroad seemed like a perfect fit. I was so excited to read it. It was interesting while I was reading and learning about the world and the characters. People are living on Earth and Mars and various other colonies in space. Polly and her twin brother, Charles, are the children of the head of the colony on Mars.
Unfortunately, this was a young adult story and I don’t like young adult most of the time. The perspective of everything was by Polly. As a young adult, she was immature, rebellious and not all that far-thinking. Certainly, she had skills which allowed her to handle some bad situations. But other happenings she caused herself. Polly just felt whiny to me, thinking over and over what she wanted. She didn’t look at options to get there, make goals or try to learn as much as she could. Her efforts went into rebelling rather than progressing.
The other characters, including Charles, are not very clear to me. They mostly don’t feel like anything other then objects in Polly’s life. Looking back, I’m not sure about the purpose of the story. Polly spends a year at school, learns some things about herself and others. It just didn’t take me anywhere. I wonder if there will be more since it seemed unfinished with not enough happening.
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