Martians Abroad: A Novel (Hardcover)

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Martians Abroad: A Novel (Hardcover)

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Martians Abroad is remarkable, salubrious, entertaining, and never takes its audience or its characters for granted. Polly and her brother Charles (twins, after a fashion) find themselves sent to Earth by their ambitious and often autocratic mother to be educated at the Galileo Academy, and the two find themselves the first Martians to ever attend Galileo.  It does not go smoothly. The story sets the problem of adapting and assimilating to a culture that insists on viewing you as inferior.  Told from Polly's point of view, it details the difficulties and occasional triumphs of being the outsider needing to win respect while learning to survive.  I read it with a pleasurable mix of nostalgia and sympathy for the siblings.  Recommended.


— From Mark's Reading List

Well-known for her bestselling series Kitty Norville, Carrie Vaughn moves to science fiction with Martians Abroad, a novel with great crossover appeal. 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.

Homesick and cut off from her plans for her future, Polly cannot seem to fit into life on Earth. Strange, unexplained, dangerous coincidences centered on their high-profile classmates begin piling up. Charles may be right—there's more going on than would appear, and the stakes are high. With the help of Charles, Polly is determined to find the truth, no matter the cost.

Carrie Vaughn is best known for her New York Times bestselling series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty who hosts a talk radio show for the supernaturally disadvantaged. Her novels include a near-Earth space opera, Martians Abroad, from Tor Books, and the post-apocalyptic murder mysteries Bannerless and The Wild Dead. She's written several other contemporary fantasy and young adult novels, as well as upwards of 80 short stories, two of which have been finalists for the Hugo Award. She's a contributor to the Wild Cards series of shared world superhero books edited by George R. R. Martin and a graduate of the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop. An Air Force brat, she survived her nomadic childhood and managed to put down roots in Boulder, Colorado.

Product Details ISBN: 9780765382207
ISBN-10: 0765382202
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: January 17th, 2017
Pages: 288
Language: English

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