What The Experts Are Saying:
MARK CANTRELL, PhD, NASA Orion Materials and Processes, Senior Staff:
"A really interesting story that examines space travel within the possibilities of today's technology and in the context of natural human drives. I loved this story. I recommend it."
COLONEL ROSS NUNN, USAF Retired; former Commander of the Air Force Astronautics Lab; early proponent of antimatter and fusion-based propulsion research:
"Picked up the book to read the first chapter - didn't put it down until I finished the entire book. Captivating, suspense-filled reading, beginning to end."
SORIN SUCIU, author of the laugh-out-loud contemporary fantasy, The Scriptlings (2013):
"This captivating story bears the unmistakable mark of an instant SF classic, in that the science (while as solid as you would expect from a friggin rocket scientist) is merely a backdrop for a fascinating introspection into human nature. Matter of Resistance might not cure your Asimov or Clarke nostalgia, but it will certainly infect you with the Vogel virus. There, you have been warned."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I don't read young adult science fiction much, so I know I'm not the right audience. I think it takes some level of technical or scientific interest to really get into. That said, I was surprised to find that it drew me in right away. It was very well written and well-paced. Isaac, the main character, is surprising and unpredictable, extremely intelligent, wise and yet humble - a model for society. The plot: Basically, humans have been able to successfully inhabit Mars. Several years have passed and the colony on Mars is now thriving economically, politically, and in numbers. The powers that be on Earth do not like their success and are doing everything in their power to bring the new colony and its resources under their control. What I didn't like: Robert, the secondary character, seemed to develop into a much stronger person than I expected from how he was introduced. There were also a handful of acronyms used, which, at first, I had a hard time following. What I liked: I liked the unexpected creativity, the surprise ending (it was foreshadowed, but I couldn't figure it out myself). Overall, I thought it was intriguing and thought provoking, drawing me back to it as the book developed to bring my imagination in line with the story line. For the last fourth of the book, I could hardly put it down. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.