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Mars Trilogy: Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars

(Mars Trilogy #1-3)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  536 ratings  ·  31 reviews

All three volumes of the worldwide bestselling Mars trilogy.

Mars – the barren, forbidding planet that epitomises mankind’s dreams of space conquest.

From the first pioneers who looked back at Earth and saw a small blue star, to the first colonists – hand-picked scientists with the skills necessary to create life from cold desert – Red Mars is the story of a new genesis. It

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Published July 30th 2015 by Harper Voyager
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The first book in this series, Red Mars, was absolutely enthralling. It was a chance find in a Little Free Library (seriously, support your local LFL!) and after reading the ending, I absolutely wanted more, and to learn what happens to the characters that made it to the end of Red Mars.

Green Mars was not quite as strong, but still a decent read.

I absolutely loved Red Mars, and enjoyed Green Mars. Blue Mars was not without its fantastic (and I do mean fantastic parts) but it was also slogged dow
Nick Murphy
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the greatest sci fi series I have ever been fortunate enough to experience. I have never found myself so inspired by anything. The characters are remarkably unique and engaging, while all contrasting eachother and melding perfectly. The landscapes are painted onto your mind with ease and it becomes more difficult to believe that KSR has not been to Mars himself. He seems to have captured what is ostensibly the most realistic depiction of how we as a species will experience the red planet. ...more
Jennifer (JC-S)
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
‘We have been sent here by our governments, and all of our governments are flawed, most of them disastrously.’

On 21 December 2026, one hundred of earth’s most skilled engineers and scientists begin a nine-month long journey to Mars. It’s a joint American-Russian undertaking, aimed at establishing a permanent scientific outpost on Mars with a view to possible settlement and colonisation. It’s one way to solve a number of serious overcrowding and other problems on the Earth.

In the first novel (‘Re
Lucas Chance
One of the most hopeful sagas in sci fi that I have read.

A perfect encapsulation of everything I love about the genre. It made me both saddened by the flaws of the characters but gave me the hope of a brighter future.

An absolute marvel of a series that needs to be read as one whole. I can not recommend it highly enough.
D. Krauss
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Social and scientific aspects of this story are so realistic and believable ... I loved all three!
Charlie Huenemann
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing trilogy. It recounts a human endeavor to colonize Mars, in a very plausible and realistic possible future. There are enough details about geology, terra-forming, biology, agriculture, material science, bio-engineering, and psychology to suggest that KSR pursued graduate degrees in all these areas and kept us posted as to his progress. On top of that, there are lengthy explorations of the political complications and opportunities that would arise when colonizing another planet. ...more
Sergio Visinoni
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Probably my favorite modern sci-fi saga.
Kim Stanley Robinson has the ability to mix very relevant and contemporary reflections on society and its most extreme and dangerous trends towards "corporate control" with solid science and a lot of vision to imagine how humans could colonize Mars, terraform it, and experiment with all sorts of social and political organisation away from mother earth.
It's a strongly recommended read to everyone that is either into social science, science fiction or politi
Lonna Cunningham
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was ok
As I had stuff to do that needed a background audio track that wasn't too intense, this was ... okay. Loads of diversions into science, psychology, sociology, and political theory - as an exploration of those ideas, it did well, but as a "fascinating story", not so much.

I doubt I'd have been able to get through it on paper, even with the excellent audio production I found myself fast forwarding through long sections of technospeak ... which is rare for me.

So ... a solid "ok, if that's what you a
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gave-up
I read the first of the trilogy. I may go back and read the other two but right now it's unlikely. I bought the trilogy set on the strength of the recommendation and while I can really appreciate the depth and science that went into this, with a few exceptions around the finalé of Red Mars, I found it mostly unengaging and sterile. I started a bit of the second book but it felt like more of the same dense prose without really drawing me in. ...more
Adon Coya
Aug 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Very satisfied with the hard science framework and the very well researched, all around, reality of living on Mars and the connections to Earth.
Not so much so with the plot, the scenes and the characters. Getting into the third book, I found I couldn't bring myself to care about them, their feelings and thoughts, anymore.
A pity, really; instead of closing the trilogy with a bang! the writer let the music slowly fade into silence.
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book gets a five stars, as it’s engaging, with great characters, and I enjoyed the fact that it felt like classic “hard sci fi.” However, Robinson gets too attached to his characters in the later books and is unwilling to let them go when he should. Three stars to book two and two stars to book three.
Kieran McAndrew
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Red Mars: A United Nations experiment to colonise Mars is tackled purely from the scientific angles of how it can be done. But mankind isn't just about science and some of the old prejudices and vices soon appear on the Red Planet.

Robinson has written a novel which oozes authenticity, making this science fiction feel very factual and all too visceral as humanity finds a foothold on a new world.
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the greatest sci fi series I have ever been fortunate enough to experience. also. I picked up Red Mars in a drop off book shelf.....I just HAD to get the remaining over half way in Greenm Mars.....such a great insight into the many differing views on how a new world should be run...and conflicts resolved. AM looking forward to Blue Mars.
David Svane
Jul 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply the best books I've ever read. An emersive journey through scientific challenges, cultural differences and ideological ideas. A huge gallery of characters, all in perfect dissonance, yet one way or the other relatable, once you get invited inside their minds one at the time. Absolutely inspirational and priceless work ❤ ...more
Ry Herman
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The first book is a true classic of science fiction. The second book is good but flawed. The third book is frankly awful -- tedious, dull, and uninteresting. Still, the strength of the earlier parts leads me to give the series as a whole a good rating.
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an experience reading this book, I have vivid memories of many scenes, I'll have to read it again sometime in the future. In short: I loved it! ...more
Mack Reid
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As I said with the first installment, this entire series is an exciting and fulfilling read. Great all the way around. Beautifully put together and executed.
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi
such a great journey! i really loved it
Anja Schubert
Jun 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Amazing attention to detail, huge ideas and very plausible science. But it is a very long, often dry read.
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sorry, but I'm not sure I'll be able to finish the first book. While the science seems well researched and some of the ideas novel, the characters are shallow stereotypes. Worst of all, the author gives the impression that he has spent a lifetime mastering authorship, but hasn't spent much time in the real world of science and engineering. Or in bureaucracy, either.
1. The participant selection process seemed ridiculous.
2. There would be one commanding officer, not two weeklings. And Boone would
Sara Vidal
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this trilogy some 20 years ago. it is amazingly prescient and it's vivid descriptions remain engraved in my mind's eye. Definately one of my favourites
George Herbert
Jan 01, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a good read but quite difficult in places with long descriptions of the science involved, the conditions of the rocks etc. This was particularly in the third book, which seem to go on and on in places. It also seem to end too quickly. Overall I enjoyed it and at some point in the future I will get round to reading the latest book "the Martians". ...more
Tony Allan
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am thoroughly impressed by the scope of the book, although it does read like a geology text book a lot of times. It's admirable that the author goes into such detail to paint a vivid picture of an alien world, but I found myself drifting off quite frequently as a result. All in all, I'm glad I got through to the end, although I'm in no hurry to get to The Martian's sequel. ...more
Sep 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The classic hard science fiction trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson. Many of my Harvey Mudd classmates read and enjoyed the trilogy, but you may be surprised to learn my Mom read and enjoyed the trilogy!
Lamont Lucas
The first book was excellent, the second simply ok and the third nearly unreadable. Maybe it is because I tried reading all three in the space of a month. I need to try finishing the last book.
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By the last book I was ready for the series to end. I enjoyed the story lines.
Nancy Nelson
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
great read - story plus scince plus economics/politics/social theory all rolled into one. Highly recommended.
Ian Whited
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An amazing trilogy. Read "The Martians" anthology to finish the series. ...more
David Shaw
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe I waited so long before reading these. I'm also surprised no one has tried to make a miniseries or movie out of these. Great stuff ...more
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Kim Stanley Robinson is an American science fiction writer, probably best known for his award-winning Mars trilogy.

His work delves into ecological and sociological themes regularly, and many of his novels appear to be the direct result of his own scientific fascinations, such as the 15 years of research and lifelong fascination with Mars which culminated in his most famous work. He has, due to his

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Mars Trilogy (3 books)
  • Red Mars (Mars Trilogy, #1)
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