- Series: The Saving Mars Series
- Paperback: 386 pages
- Publisher: Williams Press (July 6, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1939543347
- ISBN-13: 978-1939543349
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 137 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,651,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Saving Mars: Book One in the Saving Mars Series (Volume 1) Paperback – July 6, 2012
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From the Back Cover
"What is it that makes you a good pilot, Jess?"
Jess closed her eyes. What made her a good pilot? How was she supposed to know that? "She flied from here," her father had said, pointing to his belly. It was true. She felt things with her gut that others didn't seem to notice. She acted with certainty when others doubted. It led her to take risks where others wouldn't.
"I fly with my gut," said Jess.
Harpreet nodded. "Yes, child. You fly using this intelligence." Harpreet tapped the space over her navel. "Can you learn to call upon your other intelligences?"
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When the food supply of Mars' human settlement is decimated, seventeen-year-old Jessamyn Jaarda, the best pilot Mars Colonial has ever seen, flies to Earth to raid for food. Earth-Mars relations couldn't be worse, and her brother is captured during the raid. Breaking rules of secrecy and no contact, Jess finds an ally in Pavel, nephew to a government official, but their friendship only makes more agonizing the choice before her: Save her brother or save her planet?
Saving Mars is a book of rare quality in the young adult market, and one of the best sci-fi books I've read, period. It is tightly plotted, beautifully written, brave and heart-rending. The main characters will thoroughly win your heart and the world-building is masterfully done. It's well-written without being over-written, and complex without being inaccessible. I related to the main character, Jessamyn, from the very first line, and I was rooting for her all the way.
The pacing is never dull, but it doesn't rush through character development or plot, either. Each of the major characters has depth and personality, and the relationships between them are genuine and deeply touching. The most poignant connections are between Jess and her autistic-spectrum brother, Ethan. Ethan is also, incidentally, the most well-rounded of the characters, and it's easy to care about him just as much as Jess does.
I wish I could do the book justice in this review, but honestly I always find it harder to review books I love than ones I simply like. In the end all I can say is this: if you love indie, sci-fi, or young adult books at all, buy this book. You won't be disappointed.
Now, as to the story.. I really DID enjoy the how the main character acts just her age. Now, I would say.. I doubt if two very young pilots would be the only one's a planet would send on such a do or die mission. But, it will be very appealing to teenagers! :) Then.. back to Earth.. oh to be able to put our minds in young bodies! Now, that would be GREAT!! I'd love to see a separate story on that concept all by it's lonesome! lol!
Truly exciting, interesting and a gripping tale! A novel I'd recommend to any one interested in some light fun reading about Mars.
While on earth in order not to distract her brothers mission Jess gets an opportunity to attend a party that is held before Salina take an exam that tells them what they get to apprentice to and before they rebody. While at the party she his it off with Pavel who is the nephew of a very powerful politician.
JESS' s brother gets captured, the captain gets shot, and the negotiator gets captured trying to free Jess' s brother. JESS must make it back to the shop and bring home the supplies that her people do desperately need.
Jess' s lack of thinking makes it seem unbelievable in some parts. This why only 3 stars.
I loved this this book. So much that even though I had purchased it as an individual before the triple pack came out, I went ahead and purchased the tri-pack. It's quite worth it.
I've already read and enjoyed the Ripple trilogy by Cidney and having loved that so much I purchased the saving Mars book 1 to get me started into that group of stories. I had let it set for a while I was doing other things and reading other things, but once I started reading Jessamyn Jaarda's story I couldn't put it down.
I think it's been noted by some that they felt the story has incredible science and I can see how that objection works what with having Mars being reliant upon Earth for food and having the entire population of Earth believing that no one is left alive on Mars, despite the food raids that Marsian's perpetrate every so many years.
Fortunately for me when I read I look for good character development. All the primary characters in Saving Mars are quite well crafted. But that doesn't stop me from appreciating the story including everything mentioned above.
Marsians are shown as more down to Earth type people than the people on Earth but they've had to scrape for their existence ever since the Earth decided to abandon its attempts to change Mars to something livable. The Marsians are still working toward that goal, but until they can do that they have to sneak to Earth to obtain food. Sneaking to Earth is complicated by a network of satellites that might be described as star-wars technology set up around Mars to destroy anything trying to leave Mars. It has long since passed the projected time that Earth Governments expected everyone who remained on Mars to die.
Against the odds and with the food raids they survive and they have developed a school to teach pilots to fly past the barrier to get to Earth to barter for food with Tellurium. Jessamyn is one of these pilots, but she also just an average teen who feels the need to prove herself.
When a fire destroys a majority of the supplies of food Jess and her brother and several others are chosen to break through the barrier and bring back food. But this time they also mean to break into the center that controls the star-wars satellites and bring the barrier down.
On earth there is a strange cultural shock of a sort in that everyone can and is pressured to switch bodies through consciousness transfer which is assisted by the use of tellurium. The transfer facilitates young people to older bodies supposedly for experience and ultimately for older people to gain younger bodies. There is an age limit for everyone to the age of 72. Most of Earth population seem to be alright with this although as the story progresses it seems fraught with peer pressure and in some cases court mandate with criminals. The whole concept seems a bit seedy and invasive with some lingering insidiousness that begins to rear its head.
This is a tightly woven story with a satisfactory conclusion despite that its being a part of a series. There's enough left open to want you to pick up the next book and get started right away. This is typical of Cidney's writing and I expect the best from her in the remainder of the series.
I'm a definite fan and I hope this makes you read this novel and become just as much a fan.
Great YA and Adult SFF with maybe more focus on fantasy; fans of these types of books should really love these. Even Romance readers should like this, though the Romance does not dominate.
If you like immersion into characters then you can't go wrong with this one.