Before Mars

Before Mars

Book - 2018
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"Acclaimed author Emma Newman returns to the captivating Planetfall universe with a standalone dark tale of a woman stationed on Mars who slowly starts to doubt her own memories and sanity. After months of travel, Anna Kubrin finally arrives on Mars for her new job as a geologist and de facto artist-in-residence. Already she feels like she is losing the connection with her husband and baby at home on Earth--and she'll be on Mars for over a year. Throwing herself into her work, she tries her best to fit in with the team. But in her new room on the base, Anna finds a mysterious note written in her own handwriting, warning her not to trust the colony psychologist. A note she can't remember writing. She unpacks her wedding ring, only to find it has been replaced by a fake. Finding a footprint in a place the colony AI claims has never been visited by humans, Anna begins to suspect that her assignment isn't as simple as she was led to believe. Is she caught up in an elaborate corporate conspiracy, or is she actually losing her mind? Regardless of what horrors she might discover, or what they might do to her sanity, Anna has find the truth before her own mind destroys her"--
Publisher: New York :, ACE,, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780399587320
Branch Call Number: SCF NEWM
Characteristics: 340 pages ; 21 cm.


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Mar 29, 2019

After reading Planetfall ( which I quite liked) and After Atlas (which was barely ok) I felt like I was invested enough in the series to read book #3. This book was flawed from the get go. First problem, the mystery was given away in the first chapter. This was a bit of a problem in "After Atlas" as well. The mystery was obvious from the first. Ms Newman isn't about the subtle hints. Since the book is told from a first person perspective you are left with a long drawn out slog of "why is this person such a idiot?". I have a real issue with characters that can't see or do the obvious. Secondly, if you have read "After Atlas", the ending is already known as well. So what are we left with here, a character that I don't like because they are a fool, and an ending that I already know. Why exactly did I read this book?
On the positive side, it is an easy book. Newmans pros flow smoothly. Her pacing is good. While I find the characters annoying, she does a good job of getting you into their heads. So while the writing is good, it isn't good enough for me to make up for the flawed story.


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