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Reviewed by Jessica Barbosa for Readers' Favorite
Jeff Christopher Leonard's Mars Away is set in a futuristic timeline in Earth and Mars in the year 2050. It portrays the inability of planet Earth to further sustain and/or support the ever growing human population. And so it's a race against time for humanity, as they make plans to colonize Mars to ensure the survival of the human race. The scientists have found a way to make the hostile living situation in Mars habitable for human life via a bomb that would trigger a geologic reaction throughout the planet. However, they need someone to detonate it. Enter Devin Xyear, who is daring and has the driving skills to navigate the dangerous terrain of the new planet, but is uninterested in humanity's plan to colonize and move to Mars.
Leonard's action-packed, adventure sci-fi novel utilizes a blend of in-depth research on geology and an amazing amount of imagination and writing skill to create something as astounding as this! It is entertaining, fast-paced, and it really got me thinking about the future and what it holds for our fast growing population. It is superbly written and the ideas and explanations presented regarding the colonization of Mars made me really believe that it could be possible. It also delves into the subject of survival in an unknown environment, and the characterization and the development of the characters throughout this hostile environment was also one of the wonderful traits of the book. It had me flipping the pages faster than I thought possible. The end result is that this book has left me wanting and thirsting for more! I can only hope to read the sequel in the near future. Amazing, wonderful, superb job!