Lost On Mars

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Is there life on Mars? ( Yep)

Re­lease Date: 14 May

352 pages | Pa­per­back Au­thor: Paul Ma­grs Pub­lisher: Fire­fly Press

Those in­trepid souls

who’ve signed up to es­tab­lish a colony on Mars might think twice af­ter read­ing this vivid tale of hardy fron­tier folk strug­gling to sur­vive on the in­hos­pitable prairies of the Red Planet.

Regular Doc­tor Who nov­el­ist Paul Ma­grs has been guilty of over­do­ing the whimsy in the past. Here, he di­als that right down in favour of a con­vinc­ing ex­er­cise in world- build­ing – al­beit one with a walk­ing, talk­ing sunbed and the oc­ca­sional line like, “It was late in our Mar­tian au­tumn when we were al­lowed to hold the fu­neral for Grandma’s leg.”

Af­ter a gritty start, the book – aimed at teens, but with ob­vi­ous cross­over ap­peal – shifts gear into quest ter­ri­tory be­fore open­ing out into some­thing far more won­drous, strange and sat­is­fy­ing. Paul Kirkley

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