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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd (March 27, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405268670
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405268677
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 5.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,415,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The fact that someone had decided that I would be safer on Mars, where you could still only sort of breathe the air, and sort of not get sunburned to death, was a sign that the war with the aliens was not going fantastically well.

I was worried that I was about to be told that my mother's spacefighter had been shot down, so when I found out that I was being evacuated to Mars, I was pretty calm.

And, despite everything that happened to me and my friends afterward, I'd do it all again. Because until you have been chased by invisible aliens, befriended a robot goldfish, and tried to save the galaxy, I don't think you can say that you've really lived.

If the same thing happens to you, here's my advice: always carry duct tape.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Sophia McDougall is the bestselling adult author of the Romanitas trilogy (Orion/Gollancz). Her short stories have been published by Jurassic Fiction, Solaris and NewCon Press. Sophia has appeared on Radio 3 discussing Mars in literature with Samira Ahmed. She was a panellist at the 2012 How The Light Gets In arts and philosophy festival at Hay. She also creates digital art and mentors aspiring writers. She lives in London.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 16, 2014
Format: Paperback
You know, there are lots of strong female characters out there for middle grade fiction readers, but there's always room for one more. And the star of this book is a particularly appealing heroine.

Alice Dare, (even the name is great), isn't funny, exactly. She isn't snarky, exactly. She's courageous, but not in a Sheena the Barbarian sort of way. For a middle grade heroine she is grown up, world weary, and ruefully attuned to her surroundings. The Earth she lives in has been invaded by invisible aliens who have occupied the polar regions, sending ice, snow and cold to the temperate zones as a consequence of their terraforming. Alice has been relocated to a camp on Mars for her safety and to train her up for combat.

This is a pretty sly play on the relocation of kids to the English countryside during World War II. It also serves to explain how a tween girl can be so weary and worldly wise at such a young age. The set up underscores the slight tone of gallows humor and desperation that underlies the tale, and it also gives the author free reign, (which she seizes with delight), to create all manner of Mars and space based adventures, conflicts and sub-plots.

The result is a story that has a rich but vaguely skewed atmosphere, a novel but seemingly realistic premise, and characters who cover a wide and varied spectrum. This isn't just teen drama, or extraterrestrial adventure, or alien invasion stuff - there's a bit of all of that, but it is wrapped up in a more thoughtful and intriguing story of how Alice copes with it all. This is one of those odd and idiosyncratic books that is loaded up to the gills with plot and background and world building and action, but still revolves mostly around the thoughts and reactions of the heroine and her mates.
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