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13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

A rarity these days: A book you cannot stop thinking about

How long has it been since I started reading a book that pervades my thoughts while at work? While watching a television program? While reading a newspaper or magazine? Too long!

In Red Mars, Mr Robinson's first of three novels about colonization of Mars that is fasc...
How long has it been since I started reading a book that pervades my thoughts while at work? While watching a television program? While reading a newspaper or magazine? Too long!

In Red Mars, Mr Robinson's first of three novels about colonization of Mars that is fascinating, engaging, thrilling and completely captivating; it is epic in scope and concept. Make no mistake, this is hard science fiction. Within this world I have found exceptionally great character development, especially considering the genre; a realistic philosophical debate about the use of current and near future technology; and a world that is stunning.

If you like sci-fi, get Red Mars and place it immediately on the top of your stack of must reads.

Final thought: this will be a book I look forward to reading again.

posted by DevourerOfBooks on April 7, 2009

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Love AND hate this book

The highs on this book are very high, conversely the lows are just as bad. I will start with the bad.

The characters are just plain irrational idiots except when they are passionless robots and no one has a personality worth a darn. There is rarely a character worth c...
The highs on this book are very high, conversely the lows are just as bad. I will start with the bad.

The characters are just plain irrational idiots except when they are passionless robots and no one has a personality worth a darn. There is rarely a character worth caring about.

The politics which Robinson loves to focus on are terrible and tedious and almost (ALMOST) make the book unreadable at times.

However, the science is rock solid and at once completely fantastic. When Robinson sends one or another of his characters to explore the world or to actually work to solve a real problem scientists today must solve if we are to ever colonize Mars, the story gets mind-blowingly good, to the point where I just can't say enough good about it.

The scenes described during exploration will stick with me forever and make me wish I could live long enough to see them myself.

If I am being totally honest, the characters and politics are very likely an accurate depiction of what you would see if a group like NASA were to send 100 of the most qualified scientists and engineers to begin the colonization efforts on Mars. It doesn't mean I like reading about it but it does serve to make a reader like me enjoy the science and exploration side of the story even more.

This is a book I both rant and rave about to my friends, and I am so glad I read the book and it's sequels (including The Martians - also by Robinson, set even farther in the future), and I would readily recommend this book to any hard science reader, even even if at times they all completely tick me off, the payoff in the end is worth it.

posted by Anonymous on May 2, 2013

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    Posted January 2, 2012

    Stick with it- it's worth it

    This is a complicated and technical series, it's thought provoking and worth the patience

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2000

    The first book in Robinson's classic trilogy

    This is the first book in Robinson's classic Mars trilogy (Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars), so if you like this one, you have a couple of treats waiting. This focuses more on the sociology, politics, and interpersonal relations of colonizing a world and not so much on the science.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2000

    A new generation of scifi novel

    I know im only 15 but i love the robinson mars trilogy. this book was the first book and the least interesting and had alot of techno bable but im a smart kid and can understand what most people cant. i like the uniqueness of the book and it shows 'cabin fever' in Coyote the legend of the man who wandered. it was a great and exciting book.

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