Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Book #29–Green Mars

51AQj3eZnhL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_The second book of the Mars trilogy, Green Mars starts a few years after Red Mars ends. As with the first book we have long chapters, each told by a different person.

This one starts with Nirgal, one of the Nissei. He’s an ectogene, a grown human using DNA that Hiroku took from the first hundred. He grows up under the ice on the South Pole of Mars, where Hiroku and many of the First Hundred retreated to after the failed revolution. The book was slow going at first, as we have a 15 year old telling how he views the world.

From there we get a few other characters. We get Art, from Earth, who’s chosen by one of the transnational companies to come to Mars and try to reach the outsiders. We also get viewpoints from Maya, Ann, Sax, and more as they continue to age, but survive thanks to treatments. We also see them working to somehow free Mars.

Near the end of the book, the pace dramatically picks up and they do engage in revolution. I really enjoyed the book once it got going and immediately looked for the third book.

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