- File Size: 879 KB
- Print Length: 456 pages
- Publisher: Raven House (February 7, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 7, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BKVFS2W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #950,497 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Mars Rising (Domeworld Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
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However, in "Mars Rising (Domeworld Saga Book 1)" I am a bit conflicted and I think it may be because Corwin has taken on a larger task than can be accomplished in a single book - unless that book is the length of "War and Peace."
In "Mars Rising," Corwin has created a dystopia where a small colony on Mars is the the last outpost of humanity after an unnamed disaster wipes out life on Earth. Workers survive on rations, which is understandable given a non-Terraformed Mars, and drown their sorrows in swill - literally. The beverage is called swill. Scientists have it better, with nicer living arrangements and better rations, but everyone lives under the shadow of the Administrators, whose willingness to mete out death sentences rivals the Red Queen in "Alice In Wonderland." Execution is either via being expelled out the airlock or being crushed into fertilizer for the crops. If one is lucky, one is put to sleep before being fed to the crusher.
Surprisingly for such a small group, there are two levels of law enforcement. Max Planck is a constable, responsible for keeping the peace among the workers, while a group of marshals serve the administrators and provide security for the scientists. One of Planck's duties is to carry out executions, a task he has performed faithfully.
As the blurb notes, Planck is now confronted with the task of executing his own sister and the story unfolds from there. Going into more detail would involve too many spoilers, so I will leave it be.
There are some great plot twists and it's clear Corwin has only begun to reveal the scope of the world he has created. Suffice it to say that the book ends with the reader having a great number of unanswered questions. In fact, it's these directions that led me to give "Mars Rising" four stars instead of three.
I find the book comes up short in a few areas. First and foremost, Constable Planck's character isn't well-developed enough for the reader (at least this reader) to have empathy. Yes, we can assume we will learn more about him and Deputy Constable Flynn in future stories, but there should have been more in this introductory work. Second, the society seems to be overly brutal; the methods of execution enhance suffering making them more torture than justice being served. This might improve viewership but it's guaranteed to foment unrest. The arbitrary sentences would do the same. If the goal is to create a better society, the ruling class is doing about everything wrong.
I don't mind violence in fiction, but brutality that doesn't make any sense bothers me. I can't imagine any modern society not run by psychotics that would require an executioner to kill a close family member. That's just stupid.
Last, and this is a very minor point, but "Max Planck?" Will we see Niels Bohr or Erwin Schroedinger in future tales?
I like what I see as the future direction of this new series but I am hopeful that future episodes will be more satisfying.
its the first "book" i've ever started that i wanted to quit.
it's juvenile,lazy, and somehow it thought itself clever by bashing Elon Musk.
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