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M. Mariz was born in Rio de Janeiro and worked as an actress, lawyer, and writer, with over twenty plays produced. She currently lives in Southern California, where she writes screenplays and novels in Portuguese and English. The Chosen of Gaia was inspired by her own Revelation dream.

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M. Mariz is an actress, lawyer and writer with more than 20 plays produced. Her debut novel The Chosen of Gaia was inspired by her own Revelation dream.

Born in Rio de Janeiro and currently living in Southern California, Mariz writes screenplays and novels in both Portuguese and English. The artist has more than 15 years of acting experience, encompassing works in theater, television and movies. She has multiple plays and sketches featured in theaters, including a teenager play that was performed by young Brazilian celebrities all over the country, and has written many other plays for different Brazilian companies to present work-related themes in a funny, entertaining way.

She lives with her husband in Orange, California, where she is constantly developing ideas for new stories to tell.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By bookblogger on September 30, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
The Chosen of Gaia by M. Mariz is a great story for young adults. It tells the story of Albert, a 15 year old boy, and the rest of his family on their adventure into an advanced society. The Gaians keep an eye out for people that meet certain requirements to bring into their society to help enrich their way of life. Despite the claims of an ideal society made by the Gaians Albert learns that there are hidden elements that don't agree with the policy of bringing in outsiders. Albert's family must keep their wits about them in order to prove their worth if they want to stay in their new home and possibly survive.

I really enjoyed many aspects of this book with the information on Atlantis being a neat addition. The pacing of this book was pretty good with twists coming at the appropriate times to spark another level of interest. The technology exhibited by the Gaians was great and had some very intriguing applications, especially the variety of changes the houses were capable of affecting.

There is a little something for everyone in this book. There is crime to solve, futuristic technology, young love, sports, action, intrigue, thrills, conspiracies, and more. If you pick up a copy of the book for yourself or your child (I'd guess middle school and above but I'm pretty bad at guessing reading levels) you won't regret it.

I received a copy of this book from a literary publicity agent in exchange for a review.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By sokimm on February 24, 2013
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I really enjoyed this wonderfully imaginative piece. I was drawn to this offering not sure it would be for me, wanting to preview it for my kids... but was pleasantly surprised at how quickly and thoroughly the story line drew me right in. It was a quick read, which provided a story for all ages as well as for both male and females. I relish the thought that our up and coming youth would be reading stories such as this, which offers a look at how a society that learns to be supportive of one another brings the best out in us all. The moral of the story continues to show that attempts at separation from those perceived as inferior or how thoughts of superiority and evil doing are never a benefit to anyone, is just icing on the cake. Well done, Ms. Mariz, I will certainly explore additional titles you may have to offer!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Martin on October 26, 2012
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The plot had potential. What kid doesn't want to read about another world with cool new technology? Underdeveloped characters. Awkward dialogue, which would make sense in 1st person, but it was written in 3rd person. The setting could have had much more exciting conflicts, but instead the "falsely accused victim" plot was used again (not that I don't like it; it had some interesting new twists, but was reminiscent of other books I have read.). And the grammar left alot to be desired. Not claiming that I could do better, but... At first I almost stopped reading it, but I don't like to do that so I persevered. Luckily, as it went on, it became fairly interesting, and definitely improved, thus my 2 stars. I don't understand all of the great reviews. I didn't think it was terrible, but I didn't think it was the best book, either.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. Long on January 12, 2013
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This tells the story of a family who is given the opportunity to travel to and live on a hidden planet near Earth..a utopia. But all is not as perfect as it seems, and the family finds themselves accused of a deadly crime. This is one of my favorite books of my recent reads.. the characters are interesting and engaging, the plot isn't too predictable or boring, the writing is well done, and the book is fun to read.

If I had anything bad to say about it, it would be this: I thought the story was a bit short. If there was a sequel to the book, it would be much more satisfying.

Overall, this was a great fantasy with a unique setting, and one that I enjoyed reading. I would highly recommend this for a good read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Claudia Rosental on January 17, 2013
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A fascinating tale that explores our daily issues - our fears, anxieties, and frustrations. It tells the story of a gifted boy, Albert, who receives an invitation to try out life on a new planet. Albert's family, The Kleins, will have 30 days to decide if they want to stay on Gaia, an advanced society, where chosen families are given the opportunity to study mysteries about life and enjoy the wonders of a peaceful community.
It's a mix of of Jetsons and Avatar, with a very futuristic touch and also very suspenseful - things get slowly reveled throughout the story. You end up finding out that not all the Gaians welcome the Chosen ones and that the utopian society is not as perfect as it seems. The story gets quite interesting when the Kleins get accused of a shocking crime.
The book made me wonder... If I had the opportunity to live on Gaia, just like Ruth, with a closet that allows me to design my own clothes and a bedroom that gets cleaned by itself, would I really be okay leaving behind all the good memories of my past and dear friends? t's an intriguing question!
A surprise ending and a very Brazilian detail at the end! I recommend it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By christianl on October 1, 2012
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Many are familiar with the "ancient astronaut" theory that
extraterrestrials "seeded" or influenced the first great ancient
civilizations on earth.

The Chosen Of Gaia is an interesting twist on the theme, as it
describes a world where ancient human people colonized another planet
while maintaining a complex relationship with those left behind.

This first time novel by a Brazilian playwright alternates fantastical
thrills with goofy humor and sympathetic portrayals of realistic
coming of age feelings and social dynamics.

Like the Hunger Games it aspires to cinematic pretensions, and much
like Harry Potter it's fast-paced plot line should appeal to readers
all the way from older child to young-at-heart adult.
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