A great new stand-alone science fiction novel from Carrie Vaughn, author of the Kitty Norville series.
Well-known for her bestselling series Kitty Norville, Carrie Vaughn moves to science fiction with Martians Abroad. Polly Newton has one single-minded dream, to be a starship pilot and travel the galaxy. Her mother, the Director of the Mars Colony, derails Polly's plans when she sends Polly and her genius twin brother, Charles, to Galileo Academy on Earth.
Homesick and cut off from her plans for her future, Polly cannot seem to fit into life on Earth. Strange, unexplained, dangerous coincidences centered on their high-profile classmates begin piling up. Charles may be right—there's more going on than would appear, and the stakes are high. With the help of Charles, Polly is determined to find the truth, no matter the cost.
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It's not billed as a YA novel, but this SF tale from Vaughn (the Kitty Norville series) is unlikely to appeal to adults; the color-within-the-lines plot and young characters without any depth fail to create interest, much less sustain it. Sometime in the future, Polly Newton, a teenager who has grown up on Mars, finds her plans for a career as a pilot disrupted by her mother, Martha, the operations supervisor for Colony One. Martha has dictated that Polly and her twin brother, Charles, attend the Galileo Academy on Earth for three years, despite her daughter's intense resistance to the idea. Once Polly arrives at the academy, she goes through the de rigueur cycle of feeling out of place, enduring romantic trouble, challenging authority, and getting an opportunity to demonstrate her courage and smarts. The introduction of a plot line suggesting that someone is trying to kill Polly and her colleagues fails to add excitement.
This book was super fun to read, and I really enjoyed the way Vaughn allows the reader to experience settings like a Mars colony and Earth (several generations after humans had begun to also live in space.) This book spoke to our need to believe in our future, to hope, to make a difference. These children met the challenges they were given using lessons learned from their cultures, their friendships and their own personal moral development. Although I am an adult, I think this book would be enjoyable for children and young adults too.