Author: Jonathan Maberry
Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 4, 2017
Tristan has known that he and his family were going to be on the first mission to colonize Mars since he was twelve years old, and he has been training ever since. However, knowing that he would be leaving for Mars with no plan to return didn’t stop him from falling in love with Izzy.
But now, at sixteen, it’s time to leave Earth, and he’s forced to face what he must leave behind in exchange for an uncertain future. When the news hits that another ship is already headed to colonize Mars, and the NeoLuddite terrorist group begins threatening the Mars One project, the mission’s purpose is called into question. Is this all worth it?
I’ve read a lot of Jonathan Maberry’s books, and he hasn’t disappointed me yet. Whether it’s horror, thriller or science fiction, he always delivers a good story.
I wasn’t sure what exactly to expect with Mars One. Was it going to take place solely on Earth? Was there going to actually to be “space stuff”? Was it going to be set on Mars eventually? So it was fun seeing how it all unfolded.
I really like Tristan and the other characters, especially his family. I got a kick out of how his mom constantly took things apart, just to have him put them back together. I’m glad we get to know Tristan through different stages of the mission, starting on Earth, and seeing his progression and how he handles everything.
There’s suspense, mystery, and just the right amount of the scientific aspect to be interesting and realistic, without being overwhelming. It’s all balanced out really well, giving a fun and exciting read.
Overall, I enjoyed Mars One a lot. It’s definitely a good book for all ages, especially younger reluctant readers.