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3.16  ·  Rating details ·  573 ratings  ·  166 reviews
Last girl Zoë Zindleman, numerical ID 009-99-9999, has just been graduated. Early. Her options: wait for her home to be foreclosed and stripped of anything valuable now that AnnaMom has moved away, or move to the Warren, an abandoned strip-mall-turned-refuge for other left-behinds—a safe place, and close to AllMART, Zoë’s new employer, where “your smile is AllMART’s welcom ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by Candlewick Press
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Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
This book is one big question mark for me.

I still don't have a single clue about what was going on. This book has a dystopian/futuristic sound to it. And there was lots of potential to spin a fantastic story. But it lacks characterisation, fun, suspense, explanations and most of all: a plot. I have so many questions and none of them got answered throughout the novel.

Why did Anna leave Zoe?
Where did she go?
What is 5er's story?
Where did he get that name? ...more
Jamie (ReadsinTrees) Dacyczyn
2 stars. Will appeal to younger readers who enjoy light dystopian fiction, but may feel a bit undeveloped to more experienced readers. I think that the author was trying to hold up a mirror to readers so that we think about how influenced we are by consumer culture, but beyond that barely-cautionary tale this book didn't have much sustenance.

This book takes place in a near-future world where big corporate box stores (*cough* Walmart *cough*) essentially run every facet of society. Sc
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-swap
Read it and weep. Blythe Woolston's MARTians hurts to read because though it's labelled dystopian/futuristic, it seems scarily contemporary.

Zoë's mother abandons her, and her school closes down. She finds work in AllMART and shelter in a laundromat. But it's clear she's living day by day, and doesn't really have a future. There's never a chance to "make money" because she'll be forever in debt to AllMART.

But perhaps the most devastating moment is the casualness in which it's poss
Kim B.
Apr 14, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Woolston writes it, I read it. This is the law of my universe.
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is a trimmed down version of my review, to view the full review visit The Book Ramble.

This book was provided by Random House Canada in exchange for an honest review.

When Zoe Zindleman's school closes she's fast tracked to graduation and gets a job at megacorporation AllMART. What follows is not much of a plot at all and is mostly just a string of random events that don't really amount to much. Woolston sets up what could be a really interesting and meaningful dystopia, but she
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I read Blythe Woolston, I never know what the main character is going to ultimately do. in MARTians, Z is booted out into the world not only by her school (recently closed to help balance the budget) but also by her mom, who takes off and lingers like a specter. This is a novel seemingly about a world gone awry where consumers rule the show and the forgotten class of workers—some young, some mentally ill, some fully indoctrinated, some whisked off to parts unknown because they can’t adjust— ...more
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
clever - a dystopian society without an enemy.

The plot moves quickly-you realize very quickly that something is VERY wrong with this world. But it doesn't appear to be any sort of apocalypse. Just the continuation of where we might really be headed right now if things don't change. As each day unfolds, it gets creepier and scarier, even though there are no real monsters jumping out of the darkness. I think that's what I liked most - there are just hints of how far down society has be
Michael Earp
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
A brilliant and bleak depiction of consumerism take to its extreme (so not a whole lot further than we currently know it!)
If you like M.T. Anderson's Feed (which you definitely need to read!), then you'll enjoy this too! It also reminded me a bit of Brave New World where at times you feel like you're being given a tour of the world that is only slightly different from the one you know.
A quote from it that sums up the ominous machine that is ALLMART, when Zoe is contemplating making t
Kathleen Dixon
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kathleen by: the Bookshop
Another teen dystopia in a world not so far in the future where the populace are brainwashed into consumerism - hmm, not unlike today! Hopefully our schools aren't that bad yet, and at least the powerful shopping consortiums don't actually control the airwaves (again, I say that hopefully).

This is, in equal parts, bizarre and heart-rending. Our heroine is left on her own - mother takes off somewhere - and the school is closed all at the same time. She 'graduates' and begins work at o
Aug 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Whaaaaaaaaat. I have no idea what I just read. I mean, I guess this is a vision of what a Walmart-fueled dystopia might look like? And I guess that our current obsession with K-cups means we're already halfway there? Or something?
Unrelentingly bleak.

It's so much more than that, but you must read it with an open mind to experience the full impact.

Most highly recommended.

May 21, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Bruce Gargoyle
I received a print copy of this title from Walker Books Australia for review.

A Top Book of 2016 Pick

Ten Second Synopsis:
Zoe has always done things by the book and expected life to turn out as she believes it should. When her school abruptly closes down, her mother leaves town to search for work and Zoe begins her own journey into the working world, Zoe learns that the only skill she'll need is to smile to survive.

First up, I should point out that althoug
Casey Roth
Dec 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
Too be honest, one of the worst works of literature I have read so far. The main character had little emotion, who was too passive and seemed almost robotic, although she did seem to show when she was "happy" or "sad", but otherwise not detailed. A couple other things that I disliked wasn't just the story, but the inner cover had also been rather lousy. On the inner cover, there is a quote by Ray Bradbury, a successful author. Part of the reason this book caught my attention was because of this. ...more
I received a copy of MARTians from Walker Books Australia to review.

When I first read the synopsis of this it did sound like something that might be interesting and different to what I usually read. And it definitely was different. I don’t know if I missed something while I read this but it just wasn’t for me. Some parts were interesting but overall I just wasn’t that into it.

I think some things that happened weren’t completely explained or not at all which was confusing
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Some back story: feel free to skip to the next paragraph for a review. A couple of years ago, I read a book called ScorchScorch (Nauman). Anyway, I've been chasing books like it ever since. They are dystopic: a future with a corporation controlled society. My quest has led to some awful reads (cough *A Highly Unlikely Scenario *cough* Notes From the Internet Apocalypse * cough). MARTians is the opposite of those clunkers.

It's also one of the best books I have read this year. Woolston's writing reminds me o
Pamela Davis
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I rec'd a free copy of this book from First Reads/Good Reads. I am a fan of young adult fiction and this book did not disappoint. Caught in a world that has become controlled by "overlords" and monopolistic businesses, the characters struggle to survive in a sort of big brotheresque world. This is a coming of age novel where the characters are forced to live in a adult world with limited options. Hope is dim and eyes are watching, but Zoe and Timmer play the game of survival as best as they can ...more
Jennifer Disario
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
*I received this book through Goodreads First Reads program in exchange for review.
Imagine a world that revolves around the two biggest box stores that have taken over. There is Allmart on one side (which is like Walmart) and on the other side is a store like Target. They compete for your business, employees etc. The world is a vast retail marketplace from schooling, real estate etc. Not too far fetched! Though also exceedingly strange too think it had evolved like this. An interesting re
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I can't really describe what this book was like. It was weird, but a good weird. I didn't understand some things and I wish it had been longer, with more details, but I think that is one of the points of the story. Some things were only hinted at and never fully talked about.
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Wanting is only human. Humans are only wants. My purpose is to see tiny seeds of wanting that I can magnify and satisfy. Then, because I am human too, I will want stuff. The cycle is so beautiful. I will belong."

I love this quote from the book. It is such an amazing read.
Jan 03, 2016 rated it liked it
I am not what shelves to tick with this book. The MC's narrative voice is clear and consistent. There is some thought-provoking moments, and a powerful piece of realised loss.

But I am not sure. Need to talk about it. Need to ponder it.
Molly Dettmann
May 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Yeah, nothing spectacular about this bizarre consumerist dystopian novel. There was little to no character development, the plot seemed random, and the ending was rushed and unfinished imo.
Oct 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Had a lot of potential but fizzled out. But that may have been the point.
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Blythe Woolston is the George Saunders of YA. Brilliant.
While the Earth within this book seems uneasily like Wall-E, it lacks that movie’s sense of wonder and hope. It’s firmly rooted on an earth that seems to be sinking into economic depression, dull-eyed apathy and rampant consumerism that pushes goods on patrons even as it sends its employees into ever-spiraling debt.

Zoë isn’t much of a protagonist. She doesn’t seem to have much agency, even after she removes a mood-controlling nodule behind her ear. She doesn’t lead a revolution or provide h
Chuck Mageean
Mar 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Target audience: High School/ 14 to 18 year old readers.
Summary: A clear homage to Ray Bradbury (who is mentioned both on the dust jacket and in the dedication) this book is a cautionary tale set in a dystopian future. Rather than focusing on the dehumanizing affects of technology, as Bradbury so frequently did, Woolston focuses on the dehumanizing affect of corporations and their tendency to insinuate themselves into our every aspect of the lives of the people the purportedly serve.
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Zoe Zindleman lives in a near future where capitalism and corporations have taken over American life, down to what subjects are taught in school (subjects like Corporate History, Consumer Math, Consumer Citizenship, Communication). One day during her homeroom, a special announcement from the Governor comes over the loudspeaker announcing that in order to provide a boost to the workforce and economy, everyone in her school is now a high school graduate. They are to report to the front of the clas ...more
Jan 17, 2016 rated it liked it
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Blythe Woolston’s first novel, The Freak Observer, won the William C. Morris debut fiction award. She lives in Montana.
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“Wanting is only human. Humans are only wants. My purpose is to see tiny seeds of wanting that I can magnify and satisfy. Then, because I am human, too, I will want stuff. The cycle is so beautiful. I will belong.” 0 likes
“Wanting is only human. Humans are only wants. My purpose is to see tiny seeds of wanting that I can magnify and satisfy. Then, because I am human, too, I will want stuff. They cycle is so beautiful. I will belong.” 0 likes
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