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Seven Against Mars

(Anya of Mars #1)

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Trapped in the Warsaw ghetto in 1942, teenager Rachel Zilber escapes the horror by writing about the adventures of Zap-Gun Jack and Princess Anya of Mars. When her parents are captured by the Nazis, Rachel's transported into her make-believe world, but the danger is far from over. Together with Katie, a girl from the future, Rachel joins Jack and a rag-tag band of misfits ...more
Paperback, 242 pages
Published February 8th 2013 by Wildside Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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David
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jewish Princesses of Mars, big-mouthed gals from Texas
Oy vey! This one teeters right on the fence between 3 and 4 stars.

The premise is so crazy, absurd, and yet potentially tragically awesome that I have to give the author mad props for even trying to pull it off. Combine a planetary romance with Nazi allegory with metafictional pretension. Rachel Zilber is a fifteen-year-old Polish Jew living in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942. An avid fan of American science fiction, she escapes from her miserable circumstances by writing her own sci-fi stories on an o
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Amy Sturgis
What a breath of fresh air this novel is!

Seven Against Mars had me hooked from the first page, and it never let me go. Berman-Gorvine's clever send-up of and heartfelt love letter to the science fiction pulp era delivers both laugh-out-loud wit and a poignant look into timeless issues of prejudice, oppression, and the persistence of evil.

Most of all, this novel is a celebration of the power of the imagination and the triumph of the human spirit. It serves as a powerful reminder of why we fall i
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Jeffrey Grant
May 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is clearly a tribute to early silver/golden age sci-fi pulps. I've never been particularly enamored with those stories. First, I'm too young to have been engrossed in even the early 80's version of it, much less the WWII/early 60's variety that the author is referencing, and second I'm not even much of a retro-fan; the over-the-top nature of the stories never intrigued me. That said, my issues with the book don't necessarily stem from that.
The story centers around two girls, one from WWII
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The plot was too odd a mash-up of pulp, Ashkenazi culture & history, and YA to ultimately hold me. I eventually started skipping large sections to see if some resolution of the plot was emerging. It never seemed to do so in a meaningful way. (Although I may have missed some critical plot juncture.)
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