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Defying Mars (Saving Mars Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Cidney Swanson
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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Back on Mars, Jessamyn must rebuild her life without Pavel or her brother Ethan while guarding a secret that could launch an interplanetary war. Soon she finds herself at the center of a centuries-old intrigue, and in order to save the world she loves, she must defy it.

Editorial Reviews


"The best stories about Mars have always been about people. Cidney Swanson's Mars series continues the tradition."

--Nathan Lowell, creator of the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper

About the Author

Cidney Swanson is a full-time writer of Young Adult Sci-Fi and Fantasy including The Rippler Trilogy and The Saving Mars Series. SAVING MARS was named to Kirkus Reviews Best of 2012. She lives in rainy Eugene, Oregon with her family.

Product Details

  • File Size: 782 KB
  • Print Length: 365 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Williams Press (December 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AP7ZA8A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,898 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Have Asked For A Better Follow Up!!!! December 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book rocks my socks off! This is book 2 in the Saving Mars series and it was a beautiful follow up to the first. I just love Jessamyn in Defying because she has really grown into a strong, and brave woman. She is dealing with so many complex things at once, I found myself surprised that she just doesn't have a mini breakdown!

I found the concept of human like Marsians (what Martians call themselves!) so fun and interesting. It is a unique spin on an alien tale. This a great fast paced novel that is an emotional ride! The descriptive details are just amazing, you aren't sitting there trying to guess the scene, it comes alive in a snap! and you're just amazed at how beautiful things are.

I was very happy with how this sequel turned out, it was amazing and should be read ASAP! Cidney is a very talented writer with so much to offer us readers!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar read! December 17, 2012
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Ms. Swanson's work is a feast for the sci-fi senses! Stunning world-building, a heroine for the ages with tons of spunk and gumption, phenomenal characterization and action on every page. Fans of Eoin Colfer's Holly Short (from the Artemis Fowl series) will embrace Jess as a strong character for a new generation. Give a copy to everyone on your gift list, but don't forget to also give them the first book, Saving Mars, and be prepared for them to beat down your door for the third book that is sure to come.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Jessamyn must complete her mission to bring back food for Mars. The loss of her brother, Ethan, has devastated her, as well as the loss of her new friend, Pavel. While Jessamyn is determined to defy Mars Colonial and rescue her brother and the other Mars Raiders, Ethan must complete his secret mission to disable the lasers threatening Mars. Will completing their missions have dire consequences for their beloved Mars?

This book starts out already in action. This is the sequel to Saving Mars, and the story picks up right where the first book left off. However, I must confess that I did not read Saving Mars before starting this book. I was quite impressed with Ms. Swanson's subtle explanations of matters that happened in the first book. Relationships between characters were simply described so that the reader did not have to read pages of backstory to understand. The author snuck backstory in where it both made sense and contributed to the current story. I love a sequel that can be read alone like that!

I was totally sucked in from page one. I felt for Jessamyn's loss and call to duty at the same time. This is one amazing young woman. She apparently did what she had to do in the last book but resolved to go back and rescue those she left behind. Ethan's adjustment to his new body - apparently a regular thing they do on Earth that was explained in the previous book but not this one - was incredible to me. Pavel's acceptance of and assistance with Ethan's autism really touched me and made me actually say "he better get the girl in the end!"

My next move will be to buy and read Saving Mars - and not just because I'm a sucker for series. This author painted an exciting picture right from the start, and that her sequel could be read first without the need to put it down to read the first book says a lot about the writing talents of Ms. Swanson.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swanson does it again! December 17, 2012
By Sarah
Format:Kindle Edition
My favorite thing about Cidney Swanson is the characters she writes! The story is always gripping, and the pace is always thrilling, but it is her characters that make me love her books and adore her as a writer! Defying Mars is jam packed with struggle, adventure, passion, and pain and I was instantly in love with Marsian culture and the characters in this story all over again. This series is a wonderful escape and I couldn't put it down! Thanks for another wonderful story Cidney!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Two Is Outta this World Awesome! December 18, 2012
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Swanson has a way of writing that allows you to play the scenes like a movie in your mind. She writes with such fluidity that you will find yourself bleary eyed but still reading at 3 am because you want to find out how it turns out.In the second book, she gives the characters even more depth - if that's possible! Jess has proven that she is a grown woman ready to stand on her own two feet!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Sequel! December 16, 2012
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Ms. Swanson hits it out of the park again! The sequel to Saving Mars is stellar! The novel opens with a strong beginning and the reader is instantly drawn in. There is an instant connection with the main character Jessamyn and the reader finds that they are experiencing the same emotions as the protagonist.

As the story progresses we get to see the action through several sets of eyes. The point of view shifts are well timed and only serve to further the story. They give us insight into some of the major players in the story. Ms. Swanson has given us access to the inner thoughts of so many characters, the reader feels like they really know all the people in the story.

The pacing of this novel is perfect. She begins by showing us the tension within the main character and that tension grows slowly throughout the course of the story. I found myself reading faster and faster to just to see what happens next. By the end of the book I was on the edge of my seat; I HAD to finish the book, just to see how it all ended!

The book had humor, it contained love and loss and we see the main character grow up in this novel. It has something for everyone. The icing on the cake was the beautifully descriptive passages in the book. Ms. Swanson has an incredible talent for writing description and she did not disappoint! I would have liked to see more of her poetic prose a little earlier in the story, but when I did come to a beautifully descriptive passage, I wasn't let down.

I won't ruin the ending, I will only say that it was beautiful and so full of emotion. All in all, this is an amazing read. There was tons of action, tension and drama. I would recommend this book to everyone!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
I haven't read the Series yet, but I will soon. I hope it will be good. End d did r
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous author!
I loved this series so much, I couldn't put it down! I had to buy the rest! So, last night I finished book six....sad now-what do I read next?
Published 8 months ago by Mavis Labounty
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This was a very interesting story that is enjoyable.
Published 8 months ago by J. Boyle
4.0 out of 5 stars DEFYING MARS
Published 9 months ago by Marie C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Is Possibly Better Than One
This series is so much fun, so exciting, that I read book 1 and this book 2 straight through. Then I was stranded without book 3. Yikes! Read more
Published 15 months ago by darswords
5.0 out of 5 stars Defying Mars(book 2-Saving Mars Series)
Wow. Another great book by Cidney Swanson. I love the action and suspense. So far,Jess , the heroine has been doing so well at flying the spacecraft but it is not coming to the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Terri Amos
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting
I even purchased the sequel. I read a lot of the free stuff and not many are worth what they cost... this one was.
Published 18 months ago by Fredric Finch
5.0 out of 5 stars great escape!
Loved the unique characters, foreign settings and intriguing storyline. Definitely worth your time. A great series to experience in your spare time.
Published 19 months ago by Cathleen Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Living on mars wow!
Very enjoyable
Loved the setting
The action and intrigue
Very special characters
Easy reading
Interesting describing mars and how life is lived on Mars
Published 19 months ago by rett
4.0 out of 5 stars Jessamyn Totally Defied Mars!!!
Book two is O.M.G., good!!! Jessamyn returns home with her dear friend Crusty, and they instantly become heroes. However, Jessamyn doesn't feel like a hero. Read more
Published 19 months ago by sincerely happily ever after books
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