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MARTians

3.18  ·  Rating details ·  590 ratings  ·  172 reviews
Last girl Zoë Zindleman, numerical ID 009-99-9999, is starting work at AllMART, where "your smile is the AllMART welcome mat. Her living arrangements are equally bleak: she can wait for her home to be repossessed now that AnnaMom has left, or move to the Warren, an abandoned shopping centre, to live with the other left-behind children. As Zoë struggles to find her place in ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 7th 2016 by Walker (first published October 13th 2015)
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Kai
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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?
What happened to the kids families?
Is Zoe's
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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. Schools are
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Tez
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 possible to purchase
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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.
Kimber
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 lets it all
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Evan
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 workerssome young, some mentally ill, some fully indoctrinated, some whisked off to parts unknown because they cant adjust ...more
Laura
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 been taken,
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Michael Earp
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 the customer
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Kathleen Dixon
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 one of the
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Melinda
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?
Pamela
Unrelentingly bleak.
Brilliant.

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

Most highly recommended.

Kat
May 21, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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 although I really enjoyed this book, I'm afraid
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Casey Roth
Dec 16, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aimee
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
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 dont know if I missed something while I read this but it just wasnt for me. Some parts were interesting but overall I just wasnt that into it.

I think some things that happened werent completely explained or not at all which was confusing and annoying. I dont want to
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KWinks
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Pamela Davis
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
*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 read
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Ryan
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Taniplea
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mercedes
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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.
Trisha
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
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.
Rachel
Oct 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had a lot of potential but fizzled out. But that may have been the point.
Lauren
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blythe Woolston is the George Saunders of YA. Brilliant.
Wesley Sheldon
I would rate the book MARTians with 2 stars because it lacked many important details. It was challenging for me to understand as lots of things were unexplained. I was mainly confused throughout the book because many things didnt add up such as why Zoe was forced to graduate and why didnt she have more options in the workforce. Zoe did not tend to state her feelings very often and I feel like that made the book even more challenging to read from it being hard to relate to her. Zoe never stated ...more
Marsha
While the Earth within this book seems uneasily like Wall-E, it lacks that movies sense of wonder and hope. Its 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 isnt much of a protagonist. She doesnt seem to have much agency, even after she removes a mood-controlling nodule behind her ear. She doesnt lead a revolution or provide hope to her
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Chuck Mageean
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.
Zoe is an
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Arminzerella
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Kate
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 ...more
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