September 05, 2011

Review - "Heirs of Mars" by Robert Lewis

Genre: pure Sci-Fi

The dream that was Mars has become a nightmare for the children born there. Asher roams the vast canyons of Mars in search of dying souls ready for digital reincarnation. But his strange profession has its perils. Those who fear the newborn clones have hunted Asher and his friends for years, claiming the lives of countless innocents, including his daughter. 

Claudia hosts the two most popular shows on two worlds, exhausting herself to educate the children of Mars and risking her life to raise the morale of the entire population. But when one of her cohosts is brutally murdered, she'll stop at nothing to avenge his death and make Mars safe again for everyone.

Brought together in a moment of tragedy, Asher and Claudia lead a group of scientists, clones, and bikers on a high-octane charge across frozen deserts and over raging volcanoes to end the first war on Mars.

"Heirs of Mars" follows the lives of six men and women (not all of them entirely human) from the dusty wind farms of the Valles Marineris to the shining city of New Troy, and from the ancient tunnels beneath the Noctis Labyrinth to the sandy highways where daredevils race on single-wheeled motorcycles for a fleeting glimpse of fame and freedom. 
My  evaluation

It was revealing to read a pure Sci-Fi novel for a change! This novel reminded me of why I love this genre :-) To begin with I found it a bit difficult to relate to all the different "persons" - or rather personalities that was introduced. But I soon picked up the story and was blown away in great speed. It is both a humouristic and futuristic novel. Its characters were all well developed and was actually more than interesting.
If you remove all of the science fiction window-dressing, this is a well-written story about a lot of people during the worst week of their life. The human vs. robot storyline was significantly less fun than the clones vs. humans one, so I was pleased that more time was spent following it. I flew through this book, and it's because there were so many little moments when I felt Lewis did things just right.

The story picks up a few rather important subjects, such as cloning, ethics and what actually make a person human.. It's a good introduction to the Sci-Fi genre. It's a rather easy read with not too many overly technical descriptions and complexities.

My rating

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 484 KB
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Joseph Robert Lewis (October 28, 2010)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Language: English

Pic of the day: Having fun with my macro lens :-)


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