I love Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville series, so when I saw that Martians Abroad was available on NetGalley I couldn’t resist requesting it and Tor Books kindly approved it.
This book is a fresh sci-fi YA about a girl named Polly (and her twin brother Charles) who gets enrolled in a prestigious school on Earth. Polly however has no plans to go along with this since her goal has always been to become a starship pilot and see the far reaches of the galaxy. Her mother however, who also happens to be the director of the Mars Colony, makes it plain that the trip to Earth is not negotiable. So off they go, from their home planet Mars all the way to Earth, their new home for the foreseeable future.
As opposed to her brother Charles who seem to acclimatize quickly, Polly is homesick and she has a hard time settling in her new home, while also getting used to the crushing gravity of Earth and the vastly different mindset of its inhabitants. When strange and dangerous accidents keep occurring around her and her classmates, Polly’s determined to find the truth behind these incidents.
Despite Polly being a younger protagonist than what I’ve read from Vaughn before, I loved that I could still clearly hear her voice as a writer. All the best authors has a flow that’s uniquely theirs, and Carrie Vaughn is such an author.
Following Polly on her journey, got me thinking about the things that we take as granted as earthlings. Our air, gravity and green open spaces is not something that we always appreciate, but for someone like Polly these are either associated with strict rules or fear with some wonder thrown in. Well, that gives me some food for thought anyway.
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars and are keeping my fingers crossed for a sequel. So if you like sci-fi YA and/or Carrie Vaughn, I highly recommend this book!
I received this copy from the publisher (Macmillan/Tor Books) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.