I saw this book yesterday on a few blog I follow, fell in love with the cover and immediately downloaded it onto my Kindle. I then jumped it to the head of my reading queue. I'm so glad I did. I love sci-fi and this didn't disappoint.
lives on Mars, which has been inhabited by humans for two hundred and
fifty years. The first colonies were build by Androids. But instead of
the machines being dismantled after the building was done, they became
more complex, replicating humans in almost every way. They now look so
similar that it's almost impossible to tell them apart. Androids think,
feel, have souls, procreate and love - just like humans do. But, like
all draconian societies driven by prejudice, it's forbidden by law for
humans and Androids to marry, even though they live side-by-side in
their domed cities. Even being friends is frowned upon.
course, something as silly as that does not stop Retta and Hemingway - a
super hot, sexy Android - from falling in love. Their relationship
catapults them into a rebellion against the government. What follows is
an action-packed, fast-paced adventure with a sweet love story.
Nicole Grotepas is not scared
to explore some interesting concepts about intelligence, the soul, and
humanity. A lot of her views resonate with me. But don't think this is a
heavy philosophical book. It's not. It's a quick, fun read with a well-devised plot, interesting characters and amazing world-building.
book is narrated by Retta and I enjoyed being in her head. She's a
fiery eighteen-year-old who can't be kept down by hate or prejudice -
even when it comes from her own family. I especially liked Hemingway. He reveals himself to be tough and forthright, but also gentle and protective when it comes to the
human girl he loves.
Initially the love between Retta and
Hemingway seemed a bit insta, and there's the usual amount of teenage
angst one finds in many young adult reads. Happily, their love developed
into something credible that I believe will last. One of the things I
really liked was the involvement of both Hemingway's and Retta's families.
That's very refreshing for a young adult read where absentee parents
are usually the norm.
Although I enjoyed the book, there were a few things that bugged me enough to knock off half a star. It's two hundred and fifty years since these people arrived here, but
Retta still refers to celebrities, fashion icons and culture from twenty-first-century Earth! It kept ripping me out of Nicole Grotepas's very
credible Mars world-building. Surely, after all this time, they'd have
there own culture?
In one part of the book they're being
chased by very determined government officials. Their images are
being flashed to every citizen on Mars. This added greatly to the
tension. But as soon as it no longer suited the plot, all their pursuers
vanished and no one recognized them. Hmm. That doesn't work for me. But these two things are definitely minor niggles that shouldn't stop you reading this fun book.
All in all I give it three and a half shining Mars moons.