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- Print Length: 304 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: June 1, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071PCSB3Z
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #702,939 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Mars Ho! (Mars Adventure Romance Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Not knowing which of the dangers were real, rather than staged, wound up (given my low level of caring about the participants) making me tend to dismiss most of them with an, "It's probably just another faked test scenario." And there were some bits I didn't understand, like why they were not supposed to discuss their individual skills and expertises with each other (though that's inconsistently maintained, with no apparent consequences). Since we only had their PoVs (limited third-person, split between the H & h), their ignorance of how/why the competitors were chosen becomes ours, which was frustrating. Even though at least a couple of the most irritating were eliminated early, I don't really feel that this bunch is the planet's best shot at colonizing a new planet.
Also, the "Mystery Couple"'s amorous activities repeatedly heard through the habitat's vents were dubious: why no words/identifiable voices before, during, or after, just the deed itself, if that's the way the acoustics work from their hideaway — and wouldn't they have found a different spot after hearing talk in the aftermath of the first time?
I don't think I'll continue with this series (even though they're actually on the way to Mars now), and probably not with this author, either. It wasn't terribly written, and there were hardly any errors (I only caught two missing prepositions in idiomatic expressions, and one should-be-parallel sentence construction that isn't), but there was just nothing special for me. Sorry, Ms. Willis.
Ms. Willis uses an ingenious plot device that is as brilliant as it is absolutely practical: all contenders for the trip must compete in a globally televised reality program—a contest to determine who is the fittest and would be the most valuable to the other colonists. They are placed in the MHCH—the Mars Ho Candidate Habitat, a sealed environment constructed in the Arizona desert to mimic what life would be like in the first settlement on Mars. They must face life-and-death simulations of crises they can expect to encounter in outer space, and their skill at solving the challenges will ultimately be their ticket to the red planet. Corporate sponsorship of the TV show will provide the astronomical funds such a voyage will cost. It's Survivor writ large.
Willis's writing is crisp, her dialogue spot-on, her main characters completely believable. There is story to the romance and enough action to keep you turning the pages. It's a journey that's well worth the trip.
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