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Mars One

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  643 ratings  ·  137 reviews
Tristan has known that he and his family were going to be on the first mission to colonize Mars since he was twelve years old, and he has been training ever since. However, knowing that he would be leaving for Mars with no plan to return didn’t stop him from falling in love with Izzy.

But now, at sixteen, it’s time to leave Earth, and he’s forced to face what he must leave
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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ijeoma Agbaje
Aug 02, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

So on June 9th 2017 I decided to take a figurative stroll into the crowded land of GR random books..Somehow i found myself reading the blurb of Mars One and all those positive reviews (basically all lies really) and i decided to read this book.. WORST MISTAKE EVER!!!

The plot of this book is a wasteland of nothing.. absolutely nothing happens.. Like holy shit!! i would have been happy if they had met aliens or something. The first half of the book is preparing to get on the damn space ship.. When

Karen’s Library
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Mars One was a YA version of The Right Stuff meets Apollo 13 meets The Martian and I adored it! We have colonists who have been training to be astronauts (and colonists on Mars!) for years and years, and then we have the reality shows who are filming every minute of it. Then we have the Mars One journey to Mars, when bad things start happening to the ships.

Tristan is a 16 year old brilliant mechanic (not unlike Mark Watney - without the cussing - from The Martian). He's thrust into stardom, alo
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was yelling at this book almost the entire read. It was good but frustrating
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, sci-fi
I was expecting this to be a hell of a lot better than it was. I kept waiting for it to get exciting and it just never does. You can identify the "mysterious saboteur" from a mile away and I think that teens, who this book is intended for, will be able to figure it out just as easily. Blah. Disappointed, because the premise was interesting.
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it! 🌟

It was action packed, fast paced, suspenseful, mysterious and very atmospheric. I felt like I was there with them in outer space trying to reach Mars desperately.

I loved how short the chapters were because it felt like I was reading someone’s diary which allowed me to get to know the main character more.

I can definitely see this book as a movie! 🎥

Christy LoveOfBooks

I've read a lot of Jonathan Maberry's books, and he hasn't disappointed me yet. Whether it's horror, thriller or science fiction, he always delivers a good story.

I wasn't sure what exactly to expect with Mars One. Was it going to take place solely on Earth? Was there going to actually to be "space stuff"? Was it going to be set on Mars eventually? So it was fun seeing how it all unfolded.

I really like Tristan and the other characters, especially his family. I got a kick out of how his mom consta
Glenn Hammer
Long. Not much happens.
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was excellent! Very thought provoking ideas about something we may yet see.

And I really liked the playlist!
Jen | Jen Talks Audiobooks
I loved this story about a boy's trip to Mars with his family. All the real space stuff was kind of cool; Maberry did his research about what works in space and what doesn't. The characters were likable and there was a fair amount of tension throughout the book created by not just one, but several things. The adventure moved along pretty well.

It was slightly predictable and I do wish we'd gotten slightly more of one of the characters introduced at the end. But those things were slight. Overall
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Meet Tristin, sixteen-year-old high school student, astronaut-in-training, future colonist of the red planet, and semi-reluctant reality TV star. He’s been tapped to go to Mars since he was twelve. And it’s time to go. Too bad he’ll have to leave nearly everything and everyone behind, like his best friend, and especially his girlfriend. Talk about star-crossed lovers! But hell, it’s MARS, man. Can’t pass that up. He’s no ordinary kid, though. How many kids do you know that can repair a damaged s ...more
Jonathan Lees
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
A fantastic read that is inspirational, motivational and in its tenser moments mirrors our troubles here on Earth that we will never escape unless we all work together.
I admittedly was worried when it took half the book just to get to launch but the foundation Maberry lays in these chapters is important to the values and determination of the crew we spend the rest of our time with.
Equally thrilling and emotional this is one YA read that should likely be shared by all ages for a long time to co
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book. My favorite book of the year, so far. A proper YA sci-fi. Not dystopian. Not fantasy. But sci-fi. Awesome.

Sixteen year old Tristan has known he was moving to Mars since he was ten. He and his family will be on Mars One, the first voyage of mankind to another planet. Tristan's even a trained engineer and is partly, mostly, excited to be part of history-in-the-making. But that's not making leaving his girlfriend, his love, behind on Earth any easier -- because Mars is, without a
Jessica F
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, space, young-adult
If you can wait, this book definitely delivers, but boy does it take a long time for it to feel like something's happening!

We spend the first half of the story back home on planet Earth in the weeks leading up to take off. For some reason the author never satisfactorily explains, Tristan and Izzy are deeply in love and devastated to part (and raking in the dough while a reality tv show covers the drama).

Fast forward to the second half of the book, when things get a little more interesting. Someo
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen
Tristan and his family are amongst the few who will travel to and prepare the very first colony on Mars. It's a plan that's been in the works for years, with each and every chosen person and family having been vetted and tested exhaustively. What's more, for a family like Tristan's everyone has to be in agreement and on board. If just one of them waffles on the decision, they're all out. But none of them have and the day for launch is fast approaching.

The Mars One mission is a feat that the who
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
This was pretty good! I've been really digging YA sci-fi lately and this was just what I wanted. My only complaint was that it was slow at the beginning. Tristan was preparing to leave for the Mars mission and saying goodbye to his best friend and girlfriend. I can't imagine how hard that would be and I did like seeing some of it, but it was too long for me. Once they actually started the mission, things picked up significantly. I liked that getting used to space was difficult for a lot of them, ...more
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy, ya
While this took me a long time to read, that is not a reflection of the book itself. I really enjoyed this view of the colonization of Mars. The last third of the book flew by in my opinion. I was hooked. I suspected the big reveal, but that didn't change my view of the book. I'm a huge fan of space in general, so this book was right up my alley.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another perfect 8th grade book. Great characters and plot - great mystery and story without the typical YA sex, drugs and language. At the same time, it felt very real. Can't wait to recommend it!!
Llyr Heller-Humphreys
4.5. This was an extremely realistic look (as far as I can tell) of a expedition to Mars.
Almost five, because I figured out the ending, but what a ride!
Paul Baker
This review contains spoilers.

Mars One is a very good book for Young Adult readers. It is steeped in good science and very much current in terms of YA. In fact, I wish it had continued on to show the Mars colonists struggling to survive.

There may be drawbacks for adult readers. The villainy is rather simplistic and it is quite easy to see who the villains are by the time the colonists leave Earth. The reasoning behind the villainy is also very questionable.

I almost felt like the villains weren't
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Every day people go to work or to school and have to leave someone they care about for 8 or 10 hours in the day. Or perhaps they go on a business trip and not see that same person for a week. But what if you had leave your girlfriend or boyfriend forever. And not just your girlfriend or boyfriend, but your entire class at school, your best friend since first grade, or the people you work with and never ever be able to see them in person again.

That is only part of the story Jonathan Maberry's new
Daniel McTaggart
Because of Bradbury, I love Mars. I'll give almost any book taking place on Mars a shot. This book? I read it and enjoyed it, but I won't spoil it. It's an all-ages thriller with some very keen insight on interstellar technology. For that alone, I was intrigued. And this is the very first book I've ever read by Maberry, so I knew I was in for a good story. Though a more inveterate reader may have issues. Such as, I knew who the culprit was way before it was revealed. Didn't take away from the st ...more
When it comes to Jonathan Maberry, I usually expect tons of action and tons of horror. This book lacks the latter and features less of the former, being much more focused on characters and feelings. It's different for him, but maybe sometimes, a little different is a lot good. Although the story does suffer from some slow pacing - especially in its first 100 pages or so - and frequently drops hints of a greater conspiracy but leaves them hanging, untouched, for extended periods of time, it's sti ...more
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this!!!! Great book-loved how personal it became, I was so interested in the events- I am hoping for a book II!!!

Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This book surprised me, in that it is more deeply the story of leaving earth than the story of colonizing Mars. It's thoughtful that way, and interesting. There's sabotage and danger and a quick-thinking band of teens from a worldwide background. There's a reality show/ media aspect and there's the emotional wave of choosing to leave. There's some great science and a plot that moves right along, and I'm hoping that there will maybe be a future book, when they are attempting further colonizing on ...more
Amy Zupancic
Sep 04, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, sci-fi
Nope. Nothing happens in this book. Page after page of getting ready to go to Mars. Page after page of flying in the rocket ship going to Mars. A tiny bit of excitement on the rocket ship with a totally predictable person causing the problems. This is like a story one of my students would have written and I would have said, "Hmmm...interesting idea...why don't you try revising and let me read your next draft?" There are too many great books out there (particularly YA books) to waste time reading ...more
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites-teen
I picked this one up by accident and ended up getting sucked in super quickly. I'm glad I did, it was pretty unique as far as teen books I've read. It's hard sci-fi, and the focus is definitely on the science, which was actually really neat. Maberry keeps everything in layman language, so it doesn't feel overwhelming to learn about the space ships that will take the characters to Mars, or the space station, or the calculations that went into everything, etc., and it kept the whole story feeling ...more
Terrific science fiction story of the first human expedition to Mars, set just a few years from the present day. I liked how realistic it was, the science and the politics and the pop culture aspects combined. The premise is that a multinational project is formed, recruits 40 volunteers who train for years in their specialties, and to raise funds the Mars One project gets sponsorships from corporations and from a lot of reality television producers. So our main character, 16-year-old Tristan, ha ...more
Tristan and his family are about to be one of the first families to live on Mars. They're part of the Mars One project, an international NGO that plans to send a group of highly trained colonists to be the first inhabitants of Mars. It's the chance of a lifetime and every single colonist-to-be has become a celebrity. Tristan, however, is one of the most famous due to the reality show Tristan and Izzy, featuring the ill-fated romance of Tristan and his Earth-bound girlfriend, Izzy. So, while Tris ...more
Ryan H
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I waited a long time for this one to come out on audio and it was definitely worth the wait. Wow, Maberry did it again. This is another masterpiece all the way through. In every single book he makes it seem so real, no matter how unbelievable it may seem. From technology, to space travel and anything in between. For fans they will definitely know what I am talking about. Maberry studies until he is an expert on the subject and then puts pen to paper. I was hooked from the first line of this book ...more
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JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best-selling and five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author, anthology editor, comic book writer, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. He was named one of the Today’s Top Ten Horror Writers. His books have been sold to more than two-dozen countries.

He writes in several genres. His young adult fiction includes ROT &a
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