Gr 5-9-A daughter of the President of Mars, Annalyn Court, 17, begins her education as a cadet at the prestigious military academy. Originally colonized by corporate investors looking for a place to produce products unattainable on Earth, as well as to develop technology in secret, Mars has become rich, powerful, and independent. But unrest intervenes both from within and without. Annalyn's half-brother Evan, who has difficulty deferring to authority, reveals to her some secrets about mind-transfer chips and android bodies. Simultaneously, commoners are becoming more reluctant to kneel to their all-powerful President and to defer to the wealthy elite. Finally, the President's oldest son launches an attack on Mars. In the resulting destruction and confusion, Annalyn accepts the challenge of organizing survivors and beginning to build a new, democratic society, but must face the wrath of the vengeful, inhuman creature her father has become. The novel elaborates on a theme Hoover introduced in Only Child (Dutton, 1992)-a greedy corporate entity cruelly suppresses a less powerful group for its own excessive profit. While Annalyn and her protector robot are interesting characters, most of the others are fairly one-dimensional, serving to advance the story in predictable ways. Also, some elements of the fast-moving plot don't stand up to close examination. On the other hand, the plot is interesting and the premise thought-provoking. Readers who enjoy the action and the scientific imaginings will be absorbed in Annalyn's adventures and cheer her triumphs.-Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA
Annalyn, who is 17 earth years old, was raised as a daughter of the president of Mars and trained to enter his honor guard. When a revolution cripples the capital city, Annalyn's world shifts in terrifying ways. She discovers that the president is not her biological father, that he has implanted a mind-transfer chip in her brain, that he is an android, and that those rebelling against his authority have the right idea. Hoover sets up a convincing society and several memorable characters in a story that moves swiftly to its conclusion. Although the beginning of the novel is more fully developed than the ending, sf fans will find this an absorbing tale.