Saving Mars

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"A sci-fi novel that soars along with a teenage heroine whose imperfections help make her believable and endearing." - Kirkus, starred review

When the food supply of Mars' human settlement is decimated, seventeen-year-old Jessamyn Jaarda, the best pilot Mars Colonial has ever seen, flies to Earth to raid for food. Earth-Mars relations couldn't be worse, and her brother is captured during the raid. Breaking rules of secrecy and no contact, Jess finds an ally in Pavel, nephew to a government official, but their ...

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Overview

"A sci-fi novel that soars along with a teenage heroine whose imperfections help make her believable and endearing." - Kirkus, starred review

When the food supply of Mars' human settlement is decimated, seventeen-year-old Jessamyn Jaarda, the best pilot Mars Colonial has ever seen, flies to Earth to raid for food. Earth-Mars relations couldn't be worse, and her brother is captured during the raid. Breaking rules of secrecy and no contact, Jess finds an ally in Pavel, nephew to a government official, but their friendship only makes more agonizing the choice before her: Save her brother or save her planet? (378pp.)

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A 17-year-old pilot with a history of crashing her craft holds a planet's fate in her hands when a human settlement on Mars runs low on food. Flight-obsessed Jessamyn Jaarda faces the biggest mission of her life in the fourth YA sci-fi novel from Swanson (Unfurl, 2012, etc.). Fired from pilot training for crashing one craft and praised for doing the same to another, Jess inspires unpredictable reactions in people. Maybe that's because Jess lives, as she flies, by pure instinct, and no one knows whether that trait will enable her to save her planet when, because of potential starvation for a human settlement on Mars, she must fly to Earth on a food raid. Along with her brother, however, the red-haired teenager has the courage to attempt the mission and stick with it when it goes terribly wrong. Swanson paces this story beautifully, weaving exposition tightly into the plot as disaster interrupts everyday routines. Despite the strangeness of the Martian environment, the novel quickly establishes the humanity of Jess and other characters, as when Jess tries and fails to help her brother resist a bout of claustrophobia or when she first locks eyes with her planet's only dog and feels something sweep through her: "A something that reminded her of taking her craft toward breaking day or of watching Phobos as the swift moon zipped across the night sky. The dog was...wondrous." At first, Jess sees everything through the lens of her obsession with flight, but she becomes far too multifaceted, distractible and passionate to be mistaken for an archetype. Watching her grow and struggle to survive makes this book hard to put down. A sci-fi novel that soars along with a teenage heroine whose imperfections help make her believable and endearing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983562160
  • Publisher: Williams Press
  • Publication date: 8/3/2012
  • Series: The Saving Mars Series
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 544,489
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Cidney Swanson is a full-time writer of Young Adult Sci-Fi and Fantasy including The Rippler Trilogy and The Saving Mars Series. SAVING MARS was named to Kirkus Reviews Best of 2012. When she’s not writing, Cidney is distracted by shiny things such as books with raised foil covers, macarons in jars, and stars set against an inky night sky. She lives in Eugene, Oregon with her husband, three kids, two cats, a dog, and entirely too much rain.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    T What a well thought out, descriptive story of how life on Mars

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    What a well thought out, descriptive story of how life on Mars could be. You can almost see yourself looking out over the "Marsian" landscape ( as they like to call it). I liked the way you were drawn into the workings of society and the hardships endured over centuries. You know you've been hooked when you start wondering how they cope with other day to day issues of life on a waterless planet...like washing. LOL!

    I particularly liked the character of Ethan...Jessamyn's brother. He's a genius with a very black and white way of seeing things...not a lot of social skills. It makes for really interesting reading to see how he handles different situations.

    As for future Earth... or Terran...some of the concepts explored are fascinating. I've never read anything like the whole "re -body" experience. For anyone who loves a good sci-fi read this has got the lot. Inter-planetary relations, space travel, adventure, strong interesting characters, romance, and futuristic worlds that are both familiar and alien at the same time.

    I can't wait for the next installment!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    I really love this book! (I may just really love the gift of liv

    I really love this book! (I may just really love the gift of living in C.Swanson's imagination) It's set on Mars (and Earth) in the future. How cool is that? It has a flawed heroine, who loves flawed people. Space travel is incredibly exotic and exciting to think about, and this does not disappoint. I love thinking about what things would be like on Mars and our fair author has examined it from all angles. Even to the degree of allowing for spacesuits, and a rip in a spacesuit...the lack of...hydration, edible food, etc. It is an enthralling book. I could not put it down.




    I would recommend this book to my best friend, neighbor, and anyone I bump into in the course of a day. (and I HAVE recommended it to all of those people)
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  • Posted March 24, 2013

    Jessamyn Jaarda biggest concern in Chapter one is her brother, E

    Jessamyn Jaarda biggest concern in Chapter one is her brother, Ethan, and getting a piece of ice. She disobeys orders and is disciplined when the food supply is destroyed. Honestly it’s good if you ignore the fact the military would never take a rule breaker into their system as rule breakers get people killed. This isn’t in most novels or movies that rogues are bad officers, so I’ll leave that alone. She gets to go on the mission to save Mars, and her brother, Ethan, is recruited too. Jess is set up  to rescue her brother and her shipmates. She doesn’t trust everyone, and she’s stuck deciding the fates of her family and the planet.




    I don’t read YA, though my writers friends love the genre. I said yes because it was science fiction and to check out the genre more. I had issues believing the fate of the world in a girl’s hands with no experience. I’m not a fan and have massive issues of disbelief, but this isn’t my genre. What I do know and enjoy is science fiction. To me the author is imaginative and did her research. I never questioned the science, well okay the rebodying thing was interesting, but I’m in. I wasn’t lost. So for sci fi aspect, it’s readable. Just my opinion though, and I’m not in the demographic who reads YA.  I’f give 4 out of 5 stars. Science Fiction saved the read for me.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2014

    Such a good story!

    Great beginning to a great series! Be warned - you'll want them all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    Excellent

    Well written

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  • Posted September 16, 2013

    Saving Mars - Highly recommended - you should check it out!

    Ok, this is one great book, the plot is well developed and has lots of twists and turns. I loved each of the characters, Jess and Eth are so in tune with each other. With the addition of Paval it makes it complete. I liked his way of falling in love with Jess, it happened when he wasn't looking! So cute. Now Jess has a big job in front of her. Guess I'll be heading for book two, hope to see you there. Recommend this series it's a good one so far.

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  • Posted September 15, 2013

    Recommended for anyone who likes SF or YA.

    Believable and likeable characters, vividly imagined future worlds. A colony on Mars, believed by the citizens of a totalitarian Earth to have died out generations ago, sends a "raiding party" to trade for badly needed supplies. Of course, everything that can go wrong does... the first of four books (just finished reading the fourth book, "Mars Burning" this weekend) with more to come.

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    Great read.

    Great read!

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    Engaging and interesting Scifi

    I enjoyed this novel enough that I purchased all of the rest of the series as soon as I finised this one. The characters were fleshed out enough that I cared what happenechd to them and the story never got boring nor did I have to force myself to keep reading past any point to "get on with it." I finished it a while back and I've read about 5 books since then, so I don't remember any of the character's names, but I remember the story quite well and will probably read the second in the series next. For people who like space scifi and dystopian themes, I recommend this highly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    Cute

    I liked it at first but I lost interest.

    I would recommend it for YA readers.

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  • Posted August 16, 2013

    How to best to describe our heroine Jessamyn?  Picture a younger

    How to best to describe our heroine Jessamyn?  Picture a younger Han Solo at the flight academy doing what he thinks is right when flying his ship, a little difficult with authority but a great pilot doing what needs to be done (and getting in trouble for it too) and that's probably a pretty good description of Jess's character (less fights and shooting though).

    It's a little ways in the future, Mars isn't in contact with Earth any more, but they still need to get some supplies.  Two different societies and Jess is right in the middle of it all trying to save Mars.  

    Earth society has changed (and not for the better) and our main villain is Chancellor Lucca and she puts Cruella DeVille (from 101 Dalmations) to shame!   The Chancellor is also Pavel's (Jessamyn's love interest) aunt so it makes everything a little more complicated....

    Mars society is very rough (think back the to people migrating to the west in the USA in the 1700/1800s) and people/society are amazing, it's very interesting culturally.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    Cidney Swanson's world of Mars is a feast for the science-fictio

    Cidney Swanson's world of Mars is a feast for the science-fiction senses.  

    Flawless world-building, memorable characters, and heart-stopping action sequences abound in this wonderful story.  Recommended for any reader who likes strong girl characters, and anyone who has ever dreamed of space or space travel.  

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    Posted August 17, 2013

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