Ahoy there me mateys! I received this young adult sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .
martians abroad (Carrie Vaughn)
Title: martians abroad
Author: Carrie Vaughn
Publication Date: TODAY!!! (hardback/e-book)
I had heard about this author from me crew and they seemed to love her work. I am not usually into urban fantasy and werewolves so I had never read her Kitty Norville series. When I heard she had written a sci-fi young adult, I snagged a copy.
The premise is that twins, Polly and Charles, from Mars are sent to Earth with no warning to get a good education at one of the top academies in the galaxy. Though the academy may be prestigious, accidents keep happening and the twins must figure out why. The story is told from Polly’s perspective.
Having Martians go to Earth for education was an awesome premise. In fact most of the fun in the novel stemmed from Polly’s observations and complaints about Earth. Her observations and discussions about Mars in particular made the settlement there seem so real and almost made me almost envious of living there. Though Polly could be somewhat clueless, I nevertheless found her to be an enjoyable character. I particularly liked her strong ideas concerning friendship and her ability to help others in a crisis.
Her brother Charles was kind of an enigma in his interactions and viewpoints and yet somehow likeable in spite of it. I thought it was odd that the twins didn’t really interact all that much and that the brother/sister/twin relationship seemed strained at times. The blurb made it sound like the two worked together but it didn’t pan out in the novel.
There were some flaws in the novel. There was very little plot. The main “villain” was rather predictable and I guessed who was behind it all rather early on. Though the novel takes place in an academic setting, the academics were really not explored in depth. I didn’t mind that because I like Polly so much but it may bother another reader. The secondary characters are fun and having distinct personalities but do not seem to do a whole lot.
While the novel did feel fluffy and had seemingly little real depth, I did find it to have some truly fun ideas, be an enjoyable read and it was a good introduction to this author’s work. I was actually disappointed to find that it was a standalone. I wouldn’t mind seeing more of Polly’s adventures when she is a pilot. In any case, I am certainly going to read more of the author’s work.
So lastly . . .
Thank you Macmillan-Tor/Forge!
Netgalley’s website has this to say about the novel:
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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