When starvation threatens the human colony on Mars, 17-year-old Jessamyn, a pilot whose been grounded, must prove that she and her autistic brother have the right stuff to raid Earth for food.
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I felt like I read this book so fast, it was very entertaining and I was interested from the beginning. This is a new take on dystopian novels. We get to see a new world with new characters in a place filled with love, understanding and belief that kindness saves us from destroying each other.
There are normal characters like we usually see in stories, the heros, fighting for everyone and with a special ability that helps them get what they're after. But there was also a character very different, with human phobias and other characteristics that we might not pass them as normal but they are very real in our world.
It was a secondary character but that didn't make him less important. He is a very important part of the plot but still didn't take focus from the main character. I thought it was going to be different and we were going to see more of him but we didn't. I don't think it'd be a bad thing to know more about secondary characters.
As always I look for the moral of the story and I found great things here. We saw characters facing their worse fears and standing up for themselves. The main character felt like she had a high responsibility but it wasn't hers to take. The love she had for her family made her think she could handle it. It's amazing how so many people take responsibilities out of love but we need to know how to let others live their own lives. There is only so much we can do to help and we need to know when to let go.
Our planet is amazing and we take most things for granted. As we see the characters' reactions to simple things we don't notice anymore made me feel like I was experiencing something new and wonderful. Sometimes we forget how all the little things are important for our survival. It was fun seeing how others would see our planet for the first time.
What do you do when you need to save either your world or your family? I'm always amazed of the authors, they need to think of everything. I don't know how I'd react in the main character's situation.
I definitely want to read the second book.
"one must learn to see things from more than one perspective."
"She'd noticed a determination in her brother to meet every new situation as if it were a game he had to win."
"To prove to himself that he can live any life he chooses."
"So many things she'd only read of or seen in pictures, and now she saw them in reality." How cool would it be to see all the things we've read about that don't exist in our world.
"Lucky I held off firing then, isn't it?" This character is so funny. I can just picture him being serious. I really liked him.
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