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This is just a marvelous series. As I told my mom and my wife, when you read it cover to cover from "Saving Mars" to this point, you can see so very clearly how Jessamyn's character has grown and matured through her adventures. In my review of "Saving Mars" I likened this series to Andre' Norton's Witch World, and my opinion of Cindy's writing has not changed. This is without a doubt the best sci-fi series going right now and I hope it continues for quite a long while.
For myself, part of the love of it is that I - even though I am a guy - can relate to Jessamyn's personal struggles / demons. Much like our red-headed heroine, I also too feel at times that everything I've tried to do correctly, I've just messed up. It is here that the books make me cry; if you've read them, you know Harpreet has some incredible words of wisdom for her "daughter" (especially in book 2) that I've highlighted to remind me to keep going. If you have't read them yet, you sure ought to. If you're a sci-fi lover, you've got to get on board...to miss this series is to miss one of the best of the 21st century.
Uplifting, soaring, heart-pounding (those last 50 pages are a doozy!)adventure awaits in this third book and it never disappoints. The rhythm is even throughout, and the story is crisp and clear. Off to buy "Mars Burning," so I can start on it tonight!
Jessamyn's relationship with Pavel has developed further, and I loved how Ms. Swanson developed it. It isn't all googly-eyed young love; it is a mature development with both of them understanding that the mission has to come first. Although they are separated for quite a bit of the book . . . again . . . every time they are together, they show each other how much they care.
Through Jess's actions, she does manage to repair relations between Brian Wallace and the Clan Wallace. I am enjoying watching how Jess simply follows her instincts with half a plan, but because she is such a truthful, good soul, it manages to work out.
One of the scenes that stuck out in my mind (and it won't let me write anything else) was when Kipper was in so much pain that she contemplated taking her own life. She thought of Ethan and how much mental pain he is in every day, but yet he doesn't contemplate suicide or lock himself up so he doesn't go through the mental anguish. She held him up as a model for what she should do with her life and her situation. Never before have I seen a book that actually identifies and applauds the plight of those on the autistic spectrum who go out into the world and make it work in spite of their challenges.
Shizer, Ms. Swanson, you had me in tears - several times. I really believe this will be another fantastic Mars series, only without the distraction of sword play and romanticized crises that Burroughs' books portrayed. It was difficult for me to wait for this sequel after Defying Mars, but now I'm hoping that Ms. Swanson is almost done penning a sequel to this. No pressure, though.
Why to buy this book: Once again, the writing is extremely solid. I blew through the book, and, in general, enjoyed it.
Why not to buy the book: A flaw that crept up in the previous book really became apparent in this one. The protagonist comes across as being weak and whiny to an extent that it ventures into the territory of being annoying.
Bottom Line: I don't feel that the presentation of the character in this book is enough of a flaw to keep you from enjoying it if you liked the previous books, and I do plan on buying the next one when released. However, for me, it was definitely the weakest book in the series. 3 stars.
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Thank you Cidney for expanding my imagination... Don't fail us now! Keep writing sci-fi/fantasy. Love it