Arabella of Mars
Now, one century later, a plantation in the flourishing British colony on Mars is home to Arabella A ...more
This is a very fun YA steampunk that intelligently circumvents some of the most annoying tropes of YA in a way that makes it feel appropriate for both younger young adults as well as non-young-adult adults. :)
In a clever alternate 1800s history when space travel takes place in airships that sail between planets there lives a respectable, intrepid heroine named Arabella, born to English parents on Mars. We get to follow the story across several settings including the Red Planet, Eng ...more
What if Isaac Newton, instead of watching an apple fall from a tree and being inspired to develop a new theory of gravity, had observed a bubble rising from his bathtub and begun to meditate on space travel? Well, in the world of Arabella of Mars, a delightful and unique blend of a Regency-era nautical adventure and the pioneering science fiction of Jules Verne or Edgar Rice Burroughs, it resulted in Captain Kidd commanding the first voyage to Mar ...more
Meet Arabella Ashby of Mars. The year is 1812 and already humans have been capable of space travel for centuries, thanks to the advances in automata and airship technology made in the 1600s. Our titular heroine is Martian-born and Martian-bred, having been raised on her family’s frontier colonial plantation until the year she turned sixteen, when her mother deemed the red planet too unsuitable for the enrichment of prope ...more
Steampunk. Victorian era. Sci Fi set on Mars. This has all the makings of a stellar, genre bending mashup, but instead it reads like Treasure Planet on sleeping pills.
Set on an alternate earth where Isaac Newton discovered the means for man to reach the stars in the late 1600s, Arabella of Mars captures the romantic, optimistic feel of classic science fiction. The environment of 1800s English society adding an elegant veneer to a thoroughly spacefaring journey of self-discovery by our heroine, Arabella Ashby of Mars!
When human’s venture forth into space, Mars is naturally the first planet explored. Mankind discovering that ...more
Intrepid Arabella spent enough time running about with her Martian friends on Great Britain's Martian colony to feel the constraint of female social expectations when she is shipped off to England to be prepared for the marriage hunt. While staying with her obnoxious aunt and cousins, she overhears something from a one of those cousins to make her believe that her brother--heir to the e ...more
Levine has created a wonderful alternate 19th century, with interplanetary airships, space pirates, automatons, Martians, and a young woman determined to save her family. This book reminded me how much fun reading can be, and makes me want to take an airship to Mars.
Enjoyed every minute of it.
For some reason I'd thought this was a Middle Grade book, but it's not, it's YA. Although it's perfectly appropriate for younger readers who read above their grade level.
And if you enjoy this (like I did), I think you'd also enjoy Airborn. ...more
I knew two things going into this book: one, that the laws of the universe had been drastically altered to allow for sailing ships to float into space and the atmosphere outside of Earth to be breathable, in the year 1813, and two, that the main character disguises herself to board one of those ships bound for Mars. Despite how fun both of those things sound, this book was a colossal disappointment. While I love the trope of women in history passing as men, among ...more
Maneuver through zero gravity on the ship better than the seasoned airmen? Yep.
Take down the big bully almost unscathed? No biggee.
Talk down a mutiny? On my afternoon break.
Save the ship from crash landing? Please. Amateur hour over here.
END A WAR ON MARS??? Well, what do you think? I am basically THE best.
It was pretty ridiculous how Arabella single-handedly overcame all obstacles and was the best at all ...more
I want to preface by saying that I know David a bit, as he's a prominent figure in the local book scene, however I doubt he could pick me out of a lineup. I'm a huge fan of his short fiction - I really have legitimately enjoyed pretty much all works from him I've ever read. Knowing that, I was more than excited to get my hands on his full novel, especially once the details on the plot and setting came out.
Arabella Ashby is a Martian. Actually, le ...more
The novel unfortunately falls into the nostalgia trap, wherein the author attempts to idealize the imagined past while acknowledging its social and cultural evils - in this case colonialism, slavery and oppression. This kind of balancing act is always u ...more
Why do I do this to myself? Why do I read a book that looks like it's going to be awesome before the next book in the series is out? Because guess what? IT WAS AWESOME! And now I have to wait until July for the next one to be out! Grrrrrarrrrgh!!
So, the breakdown: Way back when, instead of a falling apple inspiring Newton to law-ify gravity, a floating soap bubble inspired the science of air travel instead. Fast ...more
I enjoyed this. I wasn't over the moon about it, but I definitely had a fun time!
The writing felt like accessible regency-era writing. Levine definitely gets the flavor and flair of it right, but I was able to read this much quicker than I would an actual Regency-era book.
At times I had some issues with the plot. I just was't particularly gripped by it. But at the end of the day, I still had fun.
I appreciated that Arabella's successes are attributed to both masculine ...more
So here's the thing: everything about this book is up my alley. It's steampunk. With space travel. About a badass teenage girl who disguises herself as a boy and gets a job on a ship bound for Mars to try and save her brother from her douchey cousin. With kind of Hornblower-y feelings about it. Uh, Y.E.S.
And for the most part, I really enjoyed it. Certainly, the beginning and the end were action packe ...more
Read-alikes: Uprooted, by Naomi Novik; Etiquette & Espionage, by Gail Carriger; Airborn, by Kenneth Oppel ...more
What a fantastic read! Levine's book combines Victorian sensibilities with space-faring airships, all seen through the viewpoint of the courageous and smart Arabella who masquerades as a cabin boy to get a freighter ride back home to Mars before her cousin can commit dastardly acts. Levine utilizes many tropes of steampunk and 19th century literature, such as a mutiny aboard ship and the inevitable exposure of Arabella's true gender, but twists e ...more
The concept here is wonderful. British colonization of Mars!? As blurbs the back cover, it's Jane Austen meets Jules Verne! Yes, please!
In reality, the book fell a little short of expectations for me. It is divided primarily into three sections. In the beginning, we have Arabella on Mars only briefly before she is forced to return to England with her mother and sisters so that she can finally become a proper young lady. We have a few chapters in England, primarily to set up the main con ...more
It has interplanetary travel, (air)ships with sails, cannon-firing drills, a naval battle with full guns but in space. It has a plucky lady protagonist who ignores the accepted mores of her Regency/Victorian times and is intelligent and rebellious, but does all the socially unacceptable things to save her family. It has a distant but warm captain who is poised and co ...more
Forced to leave her home on Mars for a proper upbringing in Regency England, teenaged Arabella struggles against the role society has chosen for her, and rapidly finds herself destitute and masquerading as a boy on an interplanetary freighter, headed back to Mars on a mission of life and death.
Arabella of Mars is very much a nod in the direction of Heinlein's Podkayne of Mars - plucky teen girl crossing between Mars and Earth. It's been a while since I read Podkayne...more
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