Cover image for Mars One / Jonathan Maberry.
Mars One / Jonathan Maberry.

First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2017.

Physical Description:
435 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
Based on the Mars One Project (a real life project to establish a settlement on Mars).
"A teenage boy leaves for Mars as a colonist with the Mars One space program and grapples with what he's leaving behind to do so"-- Provided by publisher.
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Go on the adventure of a lifetime with a teen and his family after they are selected to colonize Mars in this thrilling new novel from multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author Jonathan Maberry.

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?

Author Notes

Jonathan Maberry was born on May 18, 1958. His early books dealt mainly with martial arts and self defense. He then wrote a number of books on the folklore and beliefs of the occult and paranormal including Vampire Universe: The Dark World of Supernatural Beings That Haunt Us, Hunt Us and Hunger for Us, Zombie CSU, and They Bite. His first novel, Ghost Road Blues, won the 2007 Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel. His other works include The Pine Deep Trilogy, the Joe Ledger series, and the Rot and Ruin series. He is also a freelance comic book writer.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Maberry (the Nightsiders series) falls short of his usual level of success in this sluggish SF novel. Sixteen-year-old Tristan Hart and his family are going on a one-way trip to Mars along with 38 other people as part of the privately funded Mars One project. The first half of the book is devoted to Tristan's training, celebrity interviews, and appearances on the reality television shows that are financing the colonization effort, along with his interactions with his girlfriend Izzy, whom he loves deeply but has decided to leave behind. These scenes work individually but, in succession, leave the tale feeling rather flat. Things pick up once the ships leave orbit, particularly when unexplained malfunctions put the mission at risk, and Tristan realizes that the Neo-Luddites, a cult opposed to space travel, have planted agents on board. Tristan is very much in the Heinlein tradition of young heroes, levelheaded and highly competent, with genius-level engineering skills. But while Maberry handles the story's conclusion well, some readers may lose interest before they get there. Ages 12-up. Agent: Sara Crowe, Pippin Properties. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

Brilliant teenage engineer Tristan has been training since age twelve to be among the first families to colonize Mars. Despite being aware of his upcoming journey, he falls in love with Izzy, which complicates things. When a terrorist group threatens the mission after launch, Tristan questions its worth. With likable characters and a well-realized setting, Maberry's space epic should have wide appeal. (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.