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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: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,497,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 5–7—Alice Dare's mother is a pilot, fighting the Morrors in space, and her father works on a submarine, laying mines. Just 15 years in the future, the world is slowly freezing-making it more comfortable for the invading Morrors, but worse for humankind. Sooner than expected, Alice is evacuated to Mars, and enrolled as a cadet in the Exo-Defense Force, under the watchful eyes of a variety of robots and in the blustery command of Colonel Dirk Cleaver, who is determined to whip the children into a fearsome fighting force. Mars has undergone intensive terraforming and now sports a somewhat breathable atmosphere and the beginnings of plant life, along with a low gravity bounciness that's hard to resist. With new friends Carl and Josephine, Alice participates in drills, has some fun, and steps into a leadership role when the adults on the base disappear. Determined to get help, Alice, Josephine, and Carl steal a Flying Fox and cross paths with a Morror their own age. These young friends help the adults see that the real threat is not from one another, and the story wraps up with hope that humans and Morrors can coexist. This book has plenty of action, with middle school humor and an occasional, but mild, swear thrown in during times of stress. Suggest to fans of Margaret Peterson Haddix's "The Missing" series (S. & S.) and Emma Clayton's The Roar (Scholastic, 2009).—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Malfunctioning robots! Space monsters!! Alien abduction!!! The setting may be the future, but there’s plenty of good old-fashioned storytelling and humor here. Sure to please armchair adventurers with their eyes on the stars. (ALA Booklist) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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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Format: Kindle Edition
Mars Evacuees is an interesting animal: lightweight yet heavy, humorous and grim, silly yet serious. Similarly, the characters are both likeable but also so annoying as to make a reader actively dislike them. And the plot is both well trod yet devoid of the tropes littering the genre. A very rushed feeling ending comes after a lot of 'nothing happening'; the plot winds up neatly in 5 pages. So, although well written, I had a hard time 'understanding' this book; that confusion kept me from really investing in characters or story.

Story: an alien group has been attacking Earth - terraforming it into an iceball and killing countless numbers. It looks like the alien invisibility technology has stumped Earth military and the World may soon be lost. A group of special kids are sent to Mars for protection - each having either a very important relative or having aced a special test. Alice Dare's mother went from a desk job to war hero - and now her daughter has a slot on the multicultural evacuation ship. Alice meets up with others - odd emo Josephine, crazy Australian Carl, Uptight and selfish American Lilly and Swedish Christa. At the Mars base, they are to train to become fighter pilots. Until the unthinkable happens and all the adults disappear. As the situation at the school devolves into a "Lord of the Flies" scenario, Alice figures out she's going to have to do something quick to save herself and the other kids from starving to death.

As can be seen from the plot outline above, what I read is very different than what was promised on the blurb on the back of the book. Perhaps it is British stoic humor that is confusing me, but I expected something more amusing with a James bond type of smart girl who saves her friends.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This is such a great read! Quite fun but also at times quite scary!!

When Earth is invaded by Aliens and the war between humans and Morrows has been going on for a long time, it is decided that it may be safer to send some kids to Mars. It has been terraformed and is habitable by humans. AliceDare is one such "lucky" child. Her mother is a fighter pilot and Alice has been sent to live away from the danger. Unbeknownst to anyone, Earth isn't the only planet in danger and when all the grownups disappear on Mars, Alice Josephine, Carl and his brother Neil set off to find help.

With a lot of colourful characters I think Alice and her crew were definitely my favourite. All of them are the exiles, as such. Josephine is extremely smart but is always being picked on for being odd and Alice finds it hard to fit in. Carl is a ball of energy and always seems to be doing something that gets himself into trouble. They are all brave, selfless and strong. It's nice to have an odd ball assortment of characters that get on so well together.

I think the world building was amazing in Mars Evacuee. Earth is at war with the aliens and the kids are sent to an unhospitable place. Everything about Mars is weird, even with Terraforming happening. There aren't that many adults on Mars because most of the things are robotic, they have some awesome robotic teachers, with the Goldfish being the best. This is a Goldfish shaped Robot that teaches the kids, he ends up on the adventure with Alice and co and brings a comic atmosphere with him. He was so awesome!! Also the Teddy Bear teacher that the junours have sounded so funny! Alice describes it as a scary bear and all the younger kids are terrified of it!! Even the aliens were awesome!!
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