Series: UnEarthed #1
Genre: Science Fiction
Published on July 2, 2012
Published by Odyssey Books
Format: eBook, 160 pages
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First sentence: Jodi Scarfield made a tight little fist-pump, and sat back from her computer screen with a cheesy grin and the desire to laugh like a maniac.
Jodi Scarfield is a computer geek and a hacker. If you disregard hacking part, she is just an ordinary girl: goes to school, hangs out with her best friend, etc. But then Jodi and her mother move to a colony on planet Mars where her father works, and she becomes ‘little Earth girl’. The book is very good at describing problems that happen when moving to an unknown environment. New school, society rules, and customs, food, religion, politics,..
The differences between two planets are many: from obvious one like two moons to weird ones like 5-minute limited daily shower. Although the book is short, very much attention is dedicated to the world-building and I loved reading about Mars culture and how human society evolved there.
Unfortunately, shortage of pages can be felt at the end of the book because the culmination and ending are rushed. Actions of characters are not enough explained in the last chapters and the aftermath has a couple of holes in my opinion. It’s a pity because that’s what lowered my rating from 5 to 4 stars.
I recommend this book to young adult science fiction fans, lovers of novels about colonies on other worlds. Good as a gift for a young adult who moved to another town or country.