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I Belong

Review: Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn

Martians AbroadTitle: Martians Abroad

Author: Carrie Vaughn

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Series: N/A

Publication Date: January 17, 2017

Format: Hardcover, 288 Pages

ISBN-10: 0765382202 (Tor/Macmillan)

ISBN-13: 978-0765382207 (Tor/Macmillan)

Reviewed by: Kristie


A great new stand-alone science fiction novel from the author of the Kitty Norville series.

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—the one planet Polly has no desire to visit. Ever.

Homesick and cut off from her desired future, Polly cannot seem to fit into the constraints of life on Earth, unlike Charles, who deftly maneuvers around people and sees through their behavior to their true motives. 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.

Quick & Dirty: A fun, yet complicated take on earth when a Martian is put through trials to make it in an earthling school. You gain a whole new appreciation of earth especially when seen through a Martians eyes.

Opening Sentence: There are a thousand shades of brown.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Martians Abroad is a standalone tale from Carrie Vaughn that made me really appreciate earth and the beauty that we have here. This novel is set a couple hundred years in the future. The main character didn’t care much for earth, or at least wasn’t impressed by it, but in her words it made me appreciate it more, especially if you are a horse lover. She loved the rusty browns of Mars over the colors of earth, I would think that if I had grown up on Mars I would be so impressed with earth.

Polly is a Martin. She and her twin brother Charles grew up on Mars. Polly thinks that she has her whole life planned out. She plans to go to an academy on Mars and become a pilot, simple as that, but her mother has a whole different plan. Polly and Charles are going to earth to go to school at the prestigious Galileo Academy. Polly is not happy that she has no choice but to go, the school takes three years before she can hope to get into a piloting program. Plus, Polly doesn’t want to leave Mars at all.

Polly is disappointed that Charles didn’t put up much of a fight. On the way to earth, Polly is determined to see what the cockpit on the ship really looks like, to see how pilot’s truly act and work. Once on earth, Polly reluctantly makes friends with the other offworlders because they have been lumped together, the locals don’t like the “aliens” much. Polly and all the others in her freshman class are put through trials. Charles puts it all together because the school wouldn’t truly put the kids in harmful situations. Polly just believes they are accidents or coincidences until it keeps happening.

Polly is a strange one but not as strange as her brother. She likes to do her own thing whether or not it will get her in trouble. She sees it as an adventure while others might see it as rebelling or troublemaking. But when it comes to true selflessness, Polly has that in spades. When someone is in trouble she has no problem jumping into the action even if that means she could possibly be hurt. I think my only complaint was the fact that Polly wanted to be a pilot but she didn’t want to leave Mars, and while she’s gone all she can think of is Mars. She dreams of flying to all these places but all she really wants to do is be at home on Mars.

I really enjoy Carrie Vaughn’s writing style. It’s really simple in a way that immerses me directly into the story and feeling the emotions that the MC is going through. I think this is a fun book for all young adult ages and more because it had me appreciating earth and all that we have because it could also be gone in an instant. Also, the lesson of helping someone as “the right thing to do” and not because you gain anything from it.

Notable Scene:

In the clear light of morning, I’d started to wish I’d had even more of a reaction. I wished I’d had my punch glass in hand, so I could have poured it all over him. Or I could have just, you know, punched him. “So he just wanted me to look bad and him look . . . what? Clever? Is it just because we’re from Mars?” I sighed and squished my food with the fork. If Tenzig showed up anytime soon, I might just throw the whole tray at him.

“The question is, what are you going to do about it?” Charles said.

I wanted to strangle Tenzig. Grab his head and dunk it in the punch bowl until he drowned. Drop him off the top of the building. Then I remembered . . . don’t let on when you think you’ve lost. Move on.

“Nothing,” I said. “I’m not going to do anything.”


FTC Advisory: Tor/Macmillan provided me with a copy of Martians Abroad. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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