Martians Abroad: A Novel

Martians Abroad: A Novel

by Carrie Vaughn


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A great new stand-alone science fiction novel from Carrie Vaughn, author of the Kitty Norville series.

Polly Newton has one single-minded dream, to be a starship pilot and travel the galaxy. Her mother, the Director of the Mars Colony, derails Polly's plans when she sends Polly and her genius twin brother, Charles, to Galileo Academy on Earth.

Strange, unexplained, dangerous coincidences centered on their high-profile classmates begin piling up. There's more going on than would appear, and the stakes are high. Polly is determined to find the truth, no matter the cost.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765382214
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 375,994
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

CARRIE VAUGHN, the New York Times bestselling author of the Kitty Norville books, is also the author of the standalone novels After the Golden Age and Discord's Apple, and the young adult books Voice of Dragons and Steel.

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Martians Abroad 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
mstami More than 1 year ago
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn Martians Abroad is the beginning of a epic series, with many connections to other great book series and to life lessons. I would recommend this book for any Young Adult readers, as a gateway book to many other science fiction books and series. The connection to Mars although tenuous, that the main characters are from a Martian colony give a remarkably realistic viewpoint of future colonization. Polly, although I would say her name is unremarkable, and you tend to say “ohh yeah that is her name”, is the main character in the story. Polly is an adventurous girl, we see that in the first scene of the book as she is riding over the Martian landscape. Polly has many personal strengths and the odd amount of personal flaws to make her a humanistic character. She is relatable in to the focused audience of the book, and to older audiences as she is a reminder of our youth, and “how things are life and death as a teenager”, as Carrie Vaughn described in her book signing. Charles is her “twin” brother use that term lightly. He is an enigmatic character that is developed in the book from his sister's point of view. In the end as a reader you still question if he is maniacal or just ambivalent. The “twins” are sent to school on Earth for the connections that they can make in Earth society. They are manipulated by various factors, to show their potential and test their abilities. Both are capable and courageous characters that the reader is rooting for. Teaching young readers that they can have faith in themselves, and that although they may be reluctant if they are true to their ideals they can not only lead but protect those they love and care about. A great book for bully proofing and teaching teamwork.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Carrie Vaughn has built a fantastic world where humans have expanded into space and a subtle classism that has developed. Kind of like how Americans feel when they go to Europe and see hundreds of years history made before their own began. Polly & Charles are twins born and raised on Mars are being sent to an exclusive school on Earth by their autocratic mother, the director of the Mars Colony. Polly is devastated. She has dreams of becoming a piolet. She has plans made. Charles will thrive anywhere he is a genius but all Polly wants to do is learn to fly. They go and have to learn how to deal with new places, new people and a great deal more gravity. There is an us v. then attitude between the Earth bound students and those that come from off planet. There is also a Snape like head mistress who doesn’t like Polly at all. Then there are the accidents… Surprises and adventure abound. Martians Abroad is a clean well written story that is great for teens and adults alike.
Van_shortandsweetreviews More than 1 year ago
Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. Carrie Vaughn is well known for her ever popular Urban Fantasy Kitty Norville Series, but Vaughn branches off into something different with Martians Aboard, a new standalone Sci-Fi novel for Young Adult (but can be enjoyed by everyone of course). If I am correct, I think this is Vaughn’s first foray into Young Adult, and she did it marvelously. Martians Aboard kind of reminded me of CW’s Star Crossed, minus the whole romance aspect and being a whole lot better. But what we had was a group of teens from across the solar system being sent to earth’s Galileo Academy to promote interplanetary relationships between humans and offworlders...and as you can imagine...high school is no joke. And if a student is able to succeed and pass at Galileo Academy, then they’ll be ready for anything. For the real world. Readers follow twins Polly and Charles, the only martians at school as they try to navigate the unknown territories of earth and high school. I absolutely loved Polly. Teenagers, or characters in most Young Adult novels come off annoying and angsty, you know, typical teens. However, Polly and her brother, lived somewhat a sheltered life, I mean, living on Mars had a lot of restriction and there’s only so much one can do on a dry, dusty terrain. Polly is definitely not your typical teenager and I think her obliviousness to earth’s social norms made her all the more endearing. There was a lot of “accidents” occurring coincidentally since Polly and the other colonies kids arrived at Galileo Academy (one of the most prestigious school in all of the colonies). Unlike most of Polly’s classmates who only looked out for themselves; Polly always found herself in the middle of those “accidents”, jumping in front of danger to rescue a fellow classmate, because it was the right thing to do. I loved her impulsiveness, bravery, selflessness and dedication to her friends and family. Polly’s group of friends were all just as great and super supportive. My favorites scenes was when everyone worked together, the Earth kids and offworlder kids. And despite their differences of living in different part of the solar system; at the end of the day they’re all the same, a bunch of kids dealing with the same problems, up and downs of high school. All in all Martians Abroad was a very enjoyable read and everything wrapped up nicely (however, a little too quickly). Too bad this is a standalone. I wish there was more. I wouldn’t mind reading more about Polly, the enigmatic Charles and their buddies. Martians Abroad is a coming of age story and is a character driven novel, so there isn’t a lot of action. But trust me, watching Polly develop relationships with her fellow Galileo classmates was just as interesting and had me finishing the book all in one sitting! I was glued to the pages. I highly recommend everyone checking out this fun, light and charming Sci-Fi YA. It will not disappoint!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pod kyle of Mars was one of my favorite stories when I wasyoung. I just reread his original story, and found it a good example of how even a well intentioned, relatively enlightened person of that time still didn't grok feminism. Today's girls would read his book as satire, even the parts he didn't mean that way. This is the story he should have written. Well done.