What reader’s are saying about We Are Mars.
“What really shines through in ‘We Are Mars’ is the author’s passion for her subject. This is an intricately researched and highly believable description of what life as a Mars colonist would be like. While I did find the story a little slow to get going, I understand the need to establish a world so different from our own, clearly in our imaginations. And once the pace picks up it’s a thrilling adventure we are taken on.
I also very much enjoyed the various ethical dilemmas the author raises, such as whether genetic meddling is ever justified. She also explores humanity’s ability to adopt an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ policy, as Earth basically cuts the Mars colony loose in their hour of need. I always enjoy books that get me thinking!
There are quite a few characters and for some readers it might get a bit confusing as the POV shifts constantly. But once disaster strikes, its action stations all the way as you are swept off on an edge of your seat deep space”
– Nicola B. Louw
“There is a lot of story packed into “We Are Mars.” The author weaves personal tales in between the threads of a tense, sci-fi thriller that doesn’t hesitate to throw another wrench in the works as soon as you start to get comfortable. With the story set in a fully populated Mars colony, there is a wealth of technology and science to touch upon for, not only world-building, but story/plot purposes, and Cheryl Lawson seems to have done an ample amount of research to bring authenticity to Rubicon Base. But she goes above and beyond making sure her surface suits and water filtration systems are accurate.
Within Rubicon there are the g-mods, genetically modified humans, and the non-gens, or non-genetically modified humans, and, as with any society, there are beliefs built up around being one or the other. The author does a fantastic job of expressing the culture that has formed within Rubicon. There is nuance and subtlety to it, so it feels organic and real. Her characters also feel real. None of them feel like stereotypes or two-dimensional cut-outs. They are unique beings with motivations that are wholly believable, with individual journeys of growth or change. Who they are as a g-mod or a non-gen informs upon their personalities and their status within the society and all that plays out with the interpersonal relationships, as well. It’s a rich extra layer that adds depth to both the characters and the story itself.
If you are looking for a science fiction story that has a strong anchor in science, with a compelling cast of characters that will carry you away in a story that you won’t want to put down, then “We Are Mars” fits that bill. It is beautifully constructed, well researched and comes with enough twists and turns to keep you holding your breath. Just make sure you remember to breathe at the end…book two doesn’t come out until Winter of 2020!” – C. Starr, USA
“This book is exceptional and should be read by all.
For a better breakdown, [watch my video] review.” – Quinn Buckland, Canada
“Suspense is a subtle thing, something I happen to enjoy quite a bit. I love when the layers of the story come slowly and build, and in cooking terms it’s when there are layers of flavor on the pallet. For the brain, layers of suspense are exciting, and it brings a more enticing outcome to any story that uses the approach. Add Mars, and some political intrigue and you have an interesting take. Want to know more? Get your land rover, make sure you took your vaccine because I’m about to review “We are Mars” by Cheryl Lawson.
We have a story of subtle and detailed placed suspense that mixes with reality and life on the unbelievable surface of Mars. As someone who loved Kubrick’s 2001, this book makes that film look like a YouTube video in the suspense. Oh yes, I went there, it’s that good. The layers of how it’s put in are what makes this book so good. It’s slow, steady and builds to a fire.
Tiny bits of exposition come together to a beautiful bouquet and it pays off at the end. I haven’t read a story this well layered in a while. This takes time, it’s not impatient at all, and I think some may call what this is slow in the pacing department, but that’s just what makes it so perfect. Slow pacing, when it’s detailed like this, is fine because the tension takes the balance and it cranks it to eleven.
There are real people in this book, with real stakes for the things they believe in. The antagonists, both secondary and primary are believable as well. The protagonists both secondary and primary are contrasting and lively. “
– Mrs Y. Reviews Books
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