Book Review: Saving Mars by Cidney Swanson

Title: Saving Mars

Author: Cidney Swanson

Series: Saving Mars Series

Publisher: Williams Press 

Release Date: August 5, 2012


Book Summary:

When the food supply of Mars’ human settlement is decimated, seventeen-year-old Jessamyn Jaarda, the best pilot Mars Colonial has ever seen, flies to Earth to raid for food. Earth-Mars relations couldn’t be worse, and her brother is captured during the raid. Breaking rules of secrecy and no contact, Jess finds an ally in Pavel, nephew to a government official, but their friendship only makes more agonizing the choice before her: Save her brother or save her planet?

Such a good book!  A lot of this was old-fashioned sci-fi and I loved it.  The colony on Mars and the society the writer created was inventive and interesting.  There was plenty of science and explanation which I miss in a lot of the current dystopian novels (not that I don’t like them too.)
The main character, Jessamyn, was flawed and dynamic.  She tends to think with her gut and that can cause problems for her and others.  She grows as a character
One of my favorite characters was her older brother.  While his condition isn’t named, it seems very similar to Asperger’s.  He had strengths in some areas and particular sets of interests but also suffered from some issues that made interaction with others more difficult.  Jess and her brother have a loving relationship but she often feels the need to be his caretaker.  Part of her growth in the book was learning that he was an adult and that she needed to allow him to make his own decisions even when she disagreed.
I’m definitely looking forward to reading more!

Rating: 5 Stars – I loved it!


Sex – Clean

Language – Clean

Violence – Some sci-fi type violence – not graphic or gratuitous

Source: I was provided a copy of the book to review

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  1. S. J. Pajonas (spajonas) says:

    This sounds really cool! I write dystopian scifi too and love reading it. I snagged this while it’s free. Thanks for the review 🙂

  2. S. J. Pajonas (spajonas) says:

    This sounds really cool! I write dystopian scifi and love to read in the same genre all the time. I snagged this while it’s free. Thanks for the review!

  3. Always nice to discover some new sci-fi books! I agree with you, eventhough I really enjoy current dystopian books I would like to know a little more about those worlds and the technology they have.