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Blue Mars (Mars Trilogy #3)

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  18,698 Ratings  ·  470 Reviews
The red planet is red no longer, as Mars has become a perfectly inhabitable world. But while Mars flourishes, Earth is threatened by overpopulation and ecological disaster. Soon people look to Mars as a refuge, initiating a possible interplanetary conflict, as well as political strife between the Reds, who wish to preserve the planet in its desert state, and the Green "ter ...more
Paperback, 761 pages
Published June 2nd 1997 by Spectra (first published 1996)
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Henry Avila
May 07, 2015 Henry Avila rated it liked it
An independent Mars but not a peaceful one, Blue Mars, blue skies, a great , stormy, huge , Martian North Sea, of the same color, turning salty, fish swimming below, birds flying above, animals roaming around the land, majestic trees growing on beautiful hills, sparkling rivers gently flowing by, magnificent green vegetation everywhere on shore, dark clouds that cause showers to pour down, howling winds over 150 miles a hour, making powerful waves crash on pretty little fishing villages and reso ...more

Christmas 2010: I realised that I had got stuck in a rut. I was re-reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works. Something had to be done.

On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci-Fi award. That’s 35 books, 6 of which I’d previously read, leaving 29 titles by 14 authors who were new to me.

While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became
Mar 14, 2013 William rated it it was amazing
This review of Blue Mars is in fact a review of the entire trilogy, since it's one continuous story -- one that altogether weighs in at something around 2,300 pages. I've been living on Mars for the last 3 months and wish that, if it were possible, I could actually live there, at least the Mars portrayed in these books. It's certainly not a series for everybody -- all those lots of pages are filled with lots of science, lots of politics and political theory, and lots of philosophy.

However, for
Mar 19, 2008 Barry rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: My worst enemy.
The science is great. I don't agree with all of it, but who am I to say? I would equate his use of science as a literary device to Asimov, except Robinson uses science that is reasonable within humanities grasp. The science is the real strength of this book and series. It is outstanding.

His moving from character to character throughout all three books worked well. No points lost there.

The real problem with this series and especially this book was that, even though parts of it were fascinating, p
Mar 12, 2011 Ron rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction, maps
"Here we are." A genre, if not a literary tour de force. Blue Mars concludes nearly 2000 pages of Robinson's middle 1990s future history of the settling and development of Mars. While Robinson strays close to the border of ridiculous social commentary a la Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, most readers will identify his monumental achievement chronicling the physics, chemistry, biology--and, yes, even the psychology and politics of his brave new world.

That said, Robinson cut
Mar 07, 2014 F.R. rated it it was ok
There’s something of ‘after the lord mayor’s parade’ about this volume. After the revolution of the last volume, I was hoping for something of civil war in this. For the bulk of the narrative though it’s just a lot of characters figuring out what Mars means to them; which although well written, lacks a certain drama. For instance, there’s a long section about blight attacking the potato crop of one of the major characters. Now, if you were actually farming on Mars, that's no doubt a problem whic ...more
Genia Lukin
Aug 01, 2013 Genia Lukin rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
More than a review of the book itself, this is a brief review of the whole trilogy.

In Red Mars robinson sends his crew of highly-cold-war-themed characters to the Promised La-- I mean, to Mars, where humanity can begin a new era of terraforming, colonization, and all-around awesomeness. But as soon as they arrive there, the colonists, all of them Spacefaring Badasses (except the radical Christian) decide that they wish to establish a New and Utopic Society, and that they deserve, nay, are oblige
Jan 01, 2012 Brad rated it it was amazing
This review was written in the late nineties (just for myself), and it was buried in amongst my things until today, when I uncovered the journal it was written in. I have transcribed it verbatim from all those years ago (although square brackets indicate some additional information for the sake of readability). It is one of my lost reviews.

This volume of the Mars Trilogy departs from its predecessors in one tremendous leap -- this is a work of philosophy and politics before it is a story. And th
Feb 26, 2016 Claudia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, z-to-a-ksr
This final part ends one of the most complex sci-fi series I have ever read. The accent here is put on the development of the natives, their society and also on the their relationship with Earth and the new colonized planets.

It is not a light read, however, the way KSR imagined the development on Mars is highly interesting, with the focus not on action but on characters, which are analyzed in great detail.

Some will find it boring, but it depends on what your expectations are: if you expect great
Robin Wiley
Apr 27, 2009 Robin Wiley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: life-changer, sci-fi
For me, this trilogy is one of those life-changing books - something you talk about, and think about years later. If we ever go to Mars - this is the way it should be done. For those of you not familiar with Kim Stanley Robinson, his science is so grounded in real, hard, current science - it's called future history.

For those of you scared of sci-fi being too boring - much like that physics class you hated - relax. Robinson gives you the basic idea, without pages to describe just how a particula
Nov 29, 2013 fromcouchtomoon rated it it was amazing
The characters of The Mars series are much like Martian volcanoes: flat and shallow at first glance, with little expectation beyond the short horizon. But the horizon deceives, and that gradual slope in development results in a surge that extends miles into the atmosphere. That surge occurs in this third installment, Blue Mars, and leaves the reader gaping into the enormous depths of jagged human emotions.

It’s not that KSR intended for his characters to appear two-dimensional in the first instal
Mar 25, 2013 Randal rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi
Back in my drinking days, I would occasionally wake up next to someone I was sorry to find there, but I would still make them breakfast out of some sense of obligation. Misplaced empathy; too-long-delayed sobriety; vestigial chivalry; call it what you will. Reading Blue Mars was a lot like one of those breakfasts. I had enjoyed myself with book one and part of book two; this was just playing out the string. After I got rid of the novel, I lost its phone number and went to different bars for a co ...more
Sep 04, 2007 Mike rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Red/Green Mars
Warning: May contain spoilers from Red/Green Mars.

The final chapter in the saga of Martian colonization is by far the weakest. You'll probably want to read it if you read the first two, just to round out the story, but it's not the most exciting read, and doesn't really give the resolution you might hope for.

The book starts out near the end of the second Martial revolution. This time, the good guys won, or are about to win. The war was relatively (but not entirely) non-violent, and the Martians
Dec 05, 2015 Ethan rated it it was amazing
"Mars is free now. We're on our own. No one tells us what to do."
- Opening lines of Blue Mars

(See a longer, more philosophical version of this review on my blog)

Blue Mars confirms it: Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy has ascended to my personal pantheon of science fiction series. It's up there with Frank Herbert's Dune series, Isaac Asimov's Foundation series, Octavia Butler's Earthseed Duology, Ursula Le Guin's Hainish Cycle, and the Culture series of Iain M. Banks. Like these other masterpi
Jun 17, 2008 Bryan rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
The last of the Mars trilogy was much of what I found in the previous two books. There are interesting parts where we get to delve into the science and technologies that are being employed throughout Mars. But in the end the story isn't cohesive enough to actually leave the reader with any idea what the point of the story was.

In book 1 we were introduced to a number of different characters which we have followed throughout the series, and we've seen how they've responded to different situations
Aug 18, 2011 kingshearte rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, fiction, 2011
Quite frankly, it's been a while since I've been this glad to finally finish a book. The first two books in this trilogy had, as I've mentioned, reasonably compelling plotlines that were bogged down in extraneous detail. This one had the same level of detail, but less plot. It suffered from something I find tends to happen in stories of vast and epic scope: lack of cohesive direction, which becomes particularly noticeable as you get toward the end and you can't identify a clear endpoint toward w ...more
W.R. Edmunds
Apr 17, 2012 W.R. Edmunds rated it it was amazing
I think that I have read this series in its entirety six times. In my opinion, any astronaut or colonist who leaves earth for Mars should be required to read this series. Between my fascination with sci-fi and Mars, combined with some top-notch character development/interaction along with some really great socioeconomic theory (no where near as boring as it sounds) this is my most favourite series, hands down.

One thing that I have always enjoyed about KSR's writing is the attention he puts into
Feb 06, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've loved this series. I find it just incredibly hopeful for the future of mankind--with all our foibles and faults--and for the possibilities that getting off this rock would open up to us. But I also love the way in which age functions in these books, and how Robinson imagines what a sudden boon in longevity would mean for us, both culturally and individually. So much of what's imagined here feels possible, if not probable (as is always for me the case with Robinson's work). Get me to Mars. I ...more
That was a chore to get through, but I invested so much time in the other two books, I wanted to see how it ended. Sadly another book with lots of great ideas, boring story. The previous books where more capitvating I must say.
On a side note it irks me to no end when authors use foreign words, in this case german, and misspell them. It's Wertewandel not Werteswandel, bad job by the editor.
Nov 12, 2011 Jon rated it liked it
The trilogy is much better on a reread, but I'm still hard pressed to make a judgement. The Silmarillion may be the closest comparison: these books span centuries and much is told in summary. (Contrast Foundation, which covers a long story by skipping forward but with immediate narration.) It may also be tedious to wade through scores of pages with characters arguing forms of government, economic policy, etc. etc., although I find it at least somewhat interesting. If you like that aspect of Moon ...more
Maybe it's Mars trilogy fatigue. I'd been hesitant to start the third book in the trilogy immediately after ploughing through Red and Green Mars. But Blue Mars felt a bit flat. Robinson's world creation, epic grandeur, and mastery of the sciences -- and, really, the wealth of human knowledge -- is astonishing. But perhaps 1/3 through the novel, I was wondering why I was reading on. And where it really bogs down is (spoilers) when a few of the protagonists journey to a damaged Earth.

Really, my hy
Ivan Lutz
Apr 09, 2015 Ivan Lutz rated it did not like it
Prva knjiga koju sam ostavio iz ruku u životu jer nisam imao više živaca.. puž je za ovu radnju flash!
Jan 17, 2016 Ana-Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When you start reading the Mars Trilogy, you have to announce your family that you will be "away" for a while. That is because you might feel, like I did, that there is so much to absorb about how the humans become martians, that it demands a real commitment of going along with the story. There is a fragile balance between self-determination ( in the evolution of the new human society on Mars) and adaptation (the molding that the planet imposes on the newcomers); there are powerful conflicts bet ...more
Sep 05, 2015 Sandi rated it it was ok
Recommended to Sandi by: Hugo
Shelves: sff
Seriously, Does Robinson own a paper mill? He seems so determined to list every possible thing. He is like the incredibly stuffy, old, boring professor that drones on and on and on listing facts upon facts without making any of it real. As one of options another of my professors would place on a test - 'Look it up, stupid!'. I do not need a complete list of all the possible breakfast foods someone eats. I do not need a list of all possible political affiliations or aberrations. There is so much ...more
Die Mars-Trilogie ist die Geschichte des Terraformings des Planeten Mars und zugleich eine epische Geschichte der Protagonisten dieses gewaltigen Vorhabens.
Die Buchtitel geben schon die einzelnen Etappen dieses Vorhabens vor, 100 Menschen werden ausgewählt und zum Mars geschickt um den Mars zu erforschen, schon auf der Reise dahin teilen sich die Personen in philosophisch-politische Zirkel auf.
Einige wollen den Mars terraformen (die Grünen), die Roten wollen den Mars so lassen wie er ist und ihn
Jan 12, 2012 Ryan rated it it was amazing
These three books form a single narrative spanning nearly two hundred years of human colonization and terraformation on Mars. It is a sprawling epic, ponderous and magnificent, charting the development of a uniquely Martian civilization from the earliest landings through wars, revolutions and waves of immigration on the face of a rapidly changing planet.

But make no mistake: for all of the drama, the triumphs and disasters, there is in fact very little “action,” and that usually reported with jo
Jul 27, 2011 Tresuiri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In terms of the series, I think this installment was the weakest in overall science. It felt more like a soap opera, carried out over the first 100's life time. I was impressed with some of the social concepts: self sufficient floating cities, feral groups roaming the wilderness, a resurgence of communism on a global scale - the 'next social working order' (on Mars) as the author termed it, and the exoskeletons for flying. There was some good core science fiction mixed in too. It is depressing t ...more
Jun 23, 2012 Rob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
...For me personally it is a fascinating book though. I loved just about every aspect of it when I first read it and my rereads have not diminished this love. No matter how many more books I'll read on the subject, the Mars trilogy will probably remain the definitive work on the colonization of Mars for me. The scale of the story, the diversity of Robinson's scientific, political and social influences and his fascinating characters make these novels some of the most captivating science fiction I ...more
Jul 12, 2012 Boris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kratak prikaz

Plavi Mars je treća knjiga u poznatoj i nagrađivanoj Robinsonovoj trilogiji o kolonizaciji Marsa (Crveni, Zeleni i Plavi Mars). U kratko rečeno, ta trilogija spada u sam vrh SF-a i među najbolje stvari koje sam pročitao do sada. No, prvo jedno upozorenje: cijela trilogija je vrlo spora, što znači da zahtjeva jako puno vremena i strpljenja. Knjige su prepune opisa, refleksija, razmišljanja, izuzetno su guste, i zahtijevaju dosta koncentracije. A i količinski je to sve zajedno blizu 2
Jul 05, 2015 Nicole rated it it was amazing
The final instalment of the Mars Trilogy, Blue Mars, takes a larger view of the solar system. While two-thirds of the book takes place on Mars, the tale also takes the various main protagonists to Earth, and the new human colonies on Mercury, and the moons of the outer planets. Blue Mars spends more time than the previous two books elucidating how mankind deals with the repercussions of the technology we create, both for the positive and the negative.

Like the previous two Mars books, a lot of ti
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Kim Stanley Robinson is an American science fiction writer, probably best known for his award-winning Mars trilogy.

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