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Resurrecting Mars Paperback – December 3, 2009
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To illustrate what I mean, early on Kimbre, who will be in charge of providing Earth control for the expedition, receives images from some space probe and goes "Wow!" We get no clue as to what it is, and she says nothing about it to the crew, despite the fact it could be significant. The author may think this creates tension, but it irritates me. In another incident, another company apparently contracts the venture to take human ashes to Mars, and pays a lot for it. Donnie eventually meets the head of the company, hears about this, says, "No way!" for no very good reason. (It is a private company so why turn down millions?) The company head then shows him the contract, with his signature. Donnie informs him the signature is forged, he leaves, and that is more or less the end of that. Why does Donnie not want a description of whoever it was that forged his signature? Why does the other man not want to know where the ashes and his millions went? They check their cargo hold and see crates that are abnormally cold. They do nothing about it, and no more is said in the book. What was that about? These sort of incidents follow with regularity, and we seem to have the most dysfunctional group of astronauts ever. Worse, there seems to be no attempt at quality assurance regarding their ship. They all have "The wrong stuff!"
Finally, the science does not make sense. This may seem an unfair criticism, but consider this. The ship is at one stage drifting, with motors having been off for several weeks. An astronaut goes to the back of the ship and is apparent destroyed by residual effects from the motors. But this ship has a trailer! How did that survive when the motors were full blast? More subtly, acceleration is gained by net force, in turn gained by momentum in the other direction. But any such momentum striking the trailer would cancel the effect. A trailer behind a space ship is just plain silly. Then, for emergency fuel, they burn nitrogen. Good luck with that!
To summarize, without disclosing the ending, I found the way this book was put together annoyed me, hence I cannot recommend it.
Ian Miller, author of Troubles.
The first half of the book went a little more slowly since it's all set-up for all the people trying to cheat Donnie in someway or another as his private satellite company prepares for a trip to Mars. There seems to be a rat behind every rock along the way. But when you have millions of dollars to throw around, who's going to miss a few of them? Right? The second half of the book is the pay off. The reader knows something's amiss and who to point the finger of blame at, but still the mystery lies in exactly what's going to go wrong on the way to Mars and why.
I found myself turning pages as quickly as I could in the last half of the book. However, I have to say that I was a little disappointed at the ending. Yes, I had a hunch about how the book would turn out, but I expected more of an explanation. The final chapter, which is called "Closure", didn't really give me any. It just made me need a 3rd book in this universe to tell me exactly what's going on. Will Callie go to "Fiji"? Will Callie and Walter ever get it on? What's Royal really up to? What do we need to know about Shanna? Who's gonna yak next? How will gravity affect everyone's boobs on Mars? Ya know ... gotta answer the important questions.
There are many books written about space exploration, but I have never read another like this one. Sometimes sci-fi books will have foreign terms and ideas that are hard to grasp. In this book, however, Spacey does an excellent job of mixing in science without making the reader feel overwhelmed or inept. I could actually grasp what was happening and everything made complete sense.
Just as with its predecessor (Midnight's Park), Resurrecting Mars left me wanting more books. Why can't this be a series?!