By: Jonathan Maberry
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Science Fiction
Length: 400 pages
Tristen is one of four teens out of forty people total to be sent on the Mars One mission to create the first colony on Mars. Even before blast off he faces challenges hard to imagine, such as rare privacy, onerous training, and saying his last goodbyes to Earth, with everything, including his girlfriend, along with it. Not only that but there is also the ever-present threat of the dangerous opposers to Mars One, the Neo-Luddites. Once in space, things only get worse, ranging from implausible mechanical errors to heartbreaking struggles to keep relationships alive over the million-mile stretch. Tristan can only rely his skills and those of the people around him to keep everyone on the mission alive.
Mars One is a thought-provoking book that made me consider the pros and cons of space exploration and interplanetary travel, particularly on manned missions. It gorgeously showcased the thoughts and emotions of the characters, particularly Tristen, through the descriptive language. Despite being very descriptive, Mars One is a nice, moderately fast paced book that kept me interested the entire way; I could hardly put it down.
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Reviewed By Syd, 2024