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Journey Between Worlds

Journey Between Worlds

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by Sylvia Engdahl
     
 

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Eighteen-year-old Melinda Ashley never wanted to go to Mars. she had her life all planned out—marry ross and become a teacher. but when her estranged father convinces her to take an interplanetary vacation, she finds herself tempted to leave behind her comfortable existence on earth. Mars isn't at all what she expected, and when she meets Alex preston, a

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Eighteen-year-old Melinda Ashley never wanted to go to Mars. she had her life all planned out—marry ross and become a teacher. but when her estranged father convinces her to take an interplanetary vacation, she finds herself tempted to leave behind her comfortable existence on earth. Mars isn't at all what she expected, and when she meets Alex preston, a second-generation Martian colonist, she finds herself on a surprising new path. sylvia engdahl's classic novel has been revised and updated by the author to reflect new discoveries and research about Mars.

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Children's Literature - Janet L. Rose
Melinda does not want to travel to Mars but her father is ecstatic and convinced this is a perfect graduation presen—plus his business wants to open a branch there. Melinda would be content to live in her grandmother's house on the beach, marry her high school sweetheart, and raise children the old fashioned way. She will endure this trip for her father but return to Earth and a normal existence within a year. On the voyage to Mars she meets Alex, who was born on Mars and is returning after a year of college on Earth. He wants her to see that it is more than a scientific experiment. She is bound and determined to find it a miserable place to live, and insists that the colonists are provincial, and New Terra is a waste of valuable funds. To pass the time, she takes college courses, socializes with her father's colleagues and Alex's family, and aides in the high school. In the end, due to her love of Alex, she stays on Mars and comes to appreciate it for what it is. Inconsistencies between the actions and the emotions that are expressed, make the characters shallow and unrealistic. Alex says Melinda is brave, but she is afraid to venture outside the air-sealed domes, don a space suit, or fully experience what it means to live on Mars. Instead of learning to get along, settling new territory is the author's solution to overcrowding, pollution, and wars on Earth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940152421378
Publisher:
Ad Stellae Books
Publication date:
10/19/2015
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Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,067,130
File size:
299 KB

Meet the Author

Sylvia Engdahl is the author of ten science fiction novels. She is best known for her traditionally-published Young Adult novels that are also enjoyed by adults. One of them, "Enchantress from the Stars," was a Newbery Honor book and a finalist for the 2002 Book Sense Book of the Year in the Rediscovery category; and her Children of the Star trilogy, originally written for teens, was republished as adult SF. Recently she has been writing independently-published novels for adults, the Hidden Flame series and the RIsing Flame series. The first of these four novels, "Stewards of the Flame," won a bronze medal in the 2008 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards. Although all her novels take place in the distant future on hypothetical worlds and thus are categorized as science fiction, they are character-driven and are directed more to mainstream readers than to avid science fiction fans. Engdahl is a strong advocate of space colonization and has maintained a widely-read space section of her website for many years. She has also recently issued an updated edition of her 1974 nonfiction book "The Planet-Girded Suns: The History of Human Thought About Extrasolar Worlds," which is focused on original research in primary sources of the 17th through early 20th centuries; this new edition includes an Afterword titled "Confronting the Universe in the Twenty-First Century." She lives in Eugene, Oregon, and currently works as a freelance editor of nonfiction anthologies for high schools.

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