Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer TKono
"The New Mars" by John L. Manning Jr. is science fiction.
It encapsulates what life would be like if Mars were
colonized. First in the series of several Mars books, this
details the beginning stages of civilization. Malls,
condos, entertainment facilities, and other structures are
built towards the very end of the novel. The bulk of the
plot focuses on NASA workers building racing vehicles dubbed
Pods. While working on several machines, the workers find
that they have many leftover parts. Thus, they begin to
build their Pods and race them. A good 200 pages repeats
the building, repairing, racing, and promoting
This novel does not go much further beyond what
the back of the book suggests. The workers races as
described on the back is detailed and mentioned over and
over. The story then gets a little boring and redundant,
only inserting a bit of suspense in the last twenty pages.
Additionally, there are some grammatical errors in the book.
For young readers just learning their syntax, they should
not pick up this book. Also, there are some drug
associations and explicit content. While nothing is
graphic, its mere mention may be disturbing to some
Drugs and intimacy mentioned
Reviewer City, State and Country: Staten Island, NY USA