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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: #3,718,017 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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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.

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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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