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Green Mars (Mars Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1995
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n the Nebula Award winning Red Mars, Kim Stanley Robinson began his critically acclaimed epic saga of the colonization of Mars, Now the Hugo Award winning Green Mars continues the thrilling and timeless tale of humanity's struggle to survive at its farthest frontier. Nearly a generation has passed since the first pioneers landed, but the transformation of Mars to an Earthlike planet has just begun The plan is opposed by those determined to preserve the planets hostile, barren beauty. Led by rebels like Peter Clayborne, these young people are the first generation of children born on Mars. They will be joined by original settlers Maya Toitovna, Simon Frasier, and Sax Russell. Against this cosmic backdrop, passions, rivalries, and friendships explode in a story as spectacular as the planet itself.
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The books are hard science based, with political and personal intrigue to make things interesting. The books are an easy read and keep the reader engaged. I found his style to be somewhat akin to Arthur C. Clark. Both are grounded in science, but incredibly imaginative at the same time.
I highly recommend this series!
Oh god, the last bit of this book. Imagine all the camping bits in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." Then subtract the likable, easy-to-root-for characters, and the clear goal. That gives you an idea about the last section of this book.
But this isn't to say that the rest of the book wasn't also interminable. Oh no! It too was a seemingly endless slog of useless description, boring exposition, and infantile use of big words for no clear purpose other than to show off the author's vocabulary.
I don't think I've ever met a more unpleasant group of characters dropped into a more boring story ever. I only finished this book because, by the time I had realized that it was never going to improve, I had already sacrificed too much time just to have it be wasted.
This is one of the worse books I have ever read.
I don't know how I can be in such complete disagreement with so many other readers. I can understand how my opinion of Eco's "Foucault's Pendulum" can be so different. I think many people gave good reviews to that novel because they wanted to appear erudite, and liking Eco is seen as a way to do that. But I don't think that KSM held any particularly great cachet prior to "Red Mars." So I guess I just don't see what so many others do in the novel.
This is a review for the whole series since the three are one big continuation
> All events seemed believable
> I liked how the author fleshed out the ideas of humans achieving biological immortality and the idea of transnational corporations becoming more powerful than governments, both of which seem possible, IMHO.
> Lots of scientific detail that seemed mostly sound (except for phobos crashing into Mars and not killing everyone)
> Nice mix of different subjects: physics, biology, geology, chemistry, politics, engineering,
> Some long sections where he goes off on either geology or psychiatry. I read the first few of these but starting skipping forward when I saw the author start talking about the details of some rock formations
> May be a bit depressing
> You may feel committed to reading the whole trilogy because they leave you with cliff hangers
> Some characters fairly stereotypical. For example, Sax Russell plays off the stereotypes about scientists - socially inept, emotionless, etc. Having sensationalist characters in a realistic-feeling plot seemed to take away from the experience.