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The Girl From Mars: A Starstruck Novel Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Kira is still in high school, a superstar, and the youngest to play professional sports on Mars. She is also an AG Populist wishing to shift power to the people from the Sovereign and the Royals. Shawn was the Royal “Designated Consort” for the Sovereign, M, and is trying to move on since she has a graell bond with Rigel. He is also a high school superstar. Kira’s parents decide to move to Earth right after the team qualifies for the playoffs! Throw in former Council member Allister Adair and Governor Lennox with their own schemes to overthrow the Sovereign using Kira to create a bigger mess.
Finally, the Grentl aliens who transported an Irish village to Mars 2,000 years ago, performed some genetic experiments, and then left after 1,000 years. Nobody knows what the experiments were or why they left. Their final contact with M in the prior book after they tried to end the experiment did not feel quite right – too mushy for such powerful beings. I suspect that the experiment is still going on and maybe Kira and Shawn is another key. I had to read it twice to see it, though.
I really like Hiatt’s writing style showing the viewpoint from both major characters. I have read every one of her books.
Kira is against the Royals, and for good reason. She used her fame on the prestigious traveling sports team to help spread messages against Faxton, but now that he has been defeated, her life is lacking purpose other than her sport. Just as she has been given a renewed purpose, her life is upended when her parents announce that they will be moving to, of all the backward places, earth!
I was so glad to read this next book in the series. Coming from Kira’s perspective as one who has lived her entire life on Mars and now has to move to Earth was a fun contrast to the previous books in the series. Now, in addition to the language that Ms. Hiatt has created for the people of the Mars colony, she has added a sport that doesn’t exist here on earth. I love her imagination and the way she makes Science Fiction feel so possible and real.
This book is told in the present tense, which I have seen done badly many times, but it is done so well here I didn’t even realize it until I was almost done with the book.
I won a copy in a contest and volunteered to review it.