Thursday, October 20, 2011

Book Review: Heirs of Mars by Joseph Robert Lewis

The dream that was Mars has become a nightmare for the children born there.

Asher roams the vast canyons of Mars in search of dying souls ready for digital reincarnation. But his strange profession has its perils. Those who fear the newborn clones have hunted Asher and his friends for years, claiming the lives of countless innocents, including his daughter.

Claudia hosts the two most popular shows on two worlds, exhausting herself to educate the children of Mars and risking her life to raise the morale of the entire population. But when one of her cohosts is brutally murdered, she'll stop at nothing to avenge his death and make Mars safe again for everyone.

Across frozen deserts and over raging volcanoes, Asher and Claudia lead a group of scientists, clones, and bikers on a high-octane charge to end the first war on Mars.

Heirs of Mars follows the lives of six men and women (not all of them entirely human) from the dusty wind farms of the Valles Marineris to the shining city of New Troy, and from the ancient tunnels beneath the Noctis Labyrinth to the sandy highways where daredevils race on single-wheeled motorcycles for a fleeting glimpse of fame and freedom.

Heirs of Mars is an interesting science fiction tale.  I like authors who take an old idea and put a new spin on it, as I think Joseph Robert Lewis did with digital reincarnation and the colonization of Mars.

I was a little confused at the beginning, couldn't quite figure out what was going on.  There were so many characters on so many different sides, it was hard to keep everyone straight.  Plus, there were some pacing issues, it would speed up and slow down like a bad driver on a freeway. 

All in all, it's a fun science fiction romp that was enjoyable to read.

*Disclaimer:  I was given this book by the author through LibraryThing.  I was not required to write a positive review.

I give this book 4 Bookworms.

Ebook:  484 KB, 273 pages
Publisher:  Joseph Robert Lewis (October 28, 2010)
ASIN:  B0049H94G6

1 comment:

  1. Testing your comments. Seems like everything is happy. I've never heard of this book before ;)