Nov 1, 2012

Book Review: UnEarthed by Rebecca Bloomer

Book Cover: UnEarthed by Rebecca Bloomer
Title: UnEarthed
Author: Rebecca Bloomer
Series: N/A
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Publisher: Odyssey Books
Source: NetGalley
Format: ebook
Pages: 160
Publication Date: July 2, 2012

Check it out at: Amazon | Goodreads

If you're going to colonise a planet, you'd better be willing to fight for it.

Within Anphobos, there grows a new race. The first generation of humans never to set foot on Earth. They are pale skinned, large eyed and worship no god but science. They possess technological skills and processes Earth has refused to acknowledge. Until now...

"We are Martian. Your religion isn't ours. Our god is Mars. Our religion is science. Anything we do in the service of Mars, is good. Make no mistake, Earth girl, we are both right and good."

Fresh off Earth, Jodi Scarfield doesn't really care for Mars or its politics. Still, accusations of treason will get a girl's attention...

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 colony on planet Mars where her father works, and she becomes 'little Earth girl'. The book is very good in describing problems that happen when moving to a 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 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.

My Rating: 4 out of 5
I recommend this book to: ya sf fans and lovers of novels about colonies on other worlds.

Disclaimer: I was given a free ebook by the publisher Odyssey Books via NetGalley in exchange for a review.

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