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Mars Girls

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Nanoannie is bored. She wants to go to clubs, wear the latest Earth fashions, and dance with nuke guys. But her life is not exciting. She lives on her family's Pharm with her parents, little sister, and a holo-cat named Fuzzbutt. The closest she gets to clubs are on the Marsnet. And her parents are pressuring her to sign her contract over to Utopia Limited Corp before ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by Apex Book Company
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Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
The nitty-gritty:A high-octane adventure tale in space, populated by some of the craziest characters you’ll ever meet.

Well, this is probably the strangest, wackiest story I’ve ever read, and that’s saying something. Being a lover of speculative fiction, “strange” is the norm and I’ve definitely read my share. Mary Turzillo takes strange to a whole new level, but she deftly combines it with humor, teenage hijinks and adventure. Mars Girls is aimed at the young adult crowd, but this story will
Elle Maruska
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wavered between 3 and 4 stars but I ultimately went with 4 because this book does something that, unfortunately, is very rare.

It tells the story of girls having adventures WITHOUT MEN.

Sure, there are men in the story. But they are incredibly incidental. The story is truly focused on Nanoannie and Kapera and the relationship between them is very well-written. There's an older/younger sister dynamic present which is played up hilariously. But there's also a deeper current of understanding
Matt Thomas
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Good fun novel about a couple teens from Mars saving their own lives and others too.
David Harris
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was a treat from start to finish. A fast-paced, adventure in the hard SF mould, it's pretty relentless action from the very beginning.

The two Mars Girls - Nanoannie Centime and Kapera Smythe - are a force to be reckoned with. Plunged into a world of corporate plots, deranged religionists and the unforgiving Martian terrain, their lives are in danger again and again (even leaving aside the fact that Kapera is seriously ill and needs to get to Earth for treatment). They don't even know
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
The first thing I realized about this book was that the voice is much different from most of the other things I’ve read from Apex, including the majority of shorts in the couple mixed-author collections I’ve read. Don’t open this one expecting a dark, brooding tone. Despite dealing with some serious topics, the voice is surprisingly chipper. Both main characters have a certain youthful optimism that pervades the entire story in a cheeriness I hadn’t expected after selections like Sing Me Your ...more
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apex-minions
Too much Jargon plus a rape plot. I got this book from Apex via their Apex Minions program in trade for an honest review Diversity: Kapera is black as is her parents. There are a few side character that are Asian? Maybe. It's hard to tell their true culture as the author seems to have mashed this culture with that culture.The first thing that put me off to this book is the piles of jargon they dump on you. We have hab-rat, mears, cuys, kweez and a ton others. While there is some explanation for ...more
Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Actually 3.5 stars

Mars Girls is an entertaining read for any age and absolutely perfect for tweens and early teens.

Author Mary Turzillo's storyline skillfully combined a plot following two girls on a grave quest but riddled throughout with humor that keeps the reader amused. 16 year old, lovably rambunctious, Nanoannie and 12 year old, sweet, very astute, Kapera often reminded me of a young Lucy and Ethel. No matter how logical they thought their next step towards reaching their objective was
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
As someone who dreamed about going on an adventure to Mars as a child, I was excited by the premise of a world where life on Mars was not only possible, but a reality. Unfortunately, despite an intriguing premise and the potential for a new and exciting world, the book fell flat for me.

I do not read a lot of science fiction, so maybe someone more used to this type of world building would have had an easier time getting into the world, but I struggled with the world building. Instead of being
Brooke Banks
Aug 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Brooke by: books, bones & buffy
I won an e-copy through a LibraryThing Giveaway.

Basically: cool and different world-building and style, but wasn't engaging and I DNF it.

I was really excited for Mars Girls after reading Books, Bones & Buffy's 4 star review. However, I couldn't finish reading it. I found it dull and didn't care about the characters.

I made it to page 70 and put it down, and didn't want to go back. I have no desire or need to find out what happens next.

It's written from the POV of both girls, with the
Aug 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
In the distant, but not too distant future, Mars is colonized. Emmigrants from Earth, the new Martians work for large corporations or a tenant farmers beholden to the corporations that funded their way to Mars. A few are "free holders". In this new society, two teenage girls run afoul of at least two of the large corporations, and a religious sect intent on journeying to a distant star.

With this as a basis the two seek to find the parents of one of the girls and escape the clutches of all and
Pat MacEwen
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This turned out to be a great airplane read, fast-paced, imaginative, and pungent in its commentary about the workings of colonial politics and corporate clashes from the point of view of a starry-eyed teenager. I was especially amused by the Facer cult described here, in which an entire semi-secret society has been built around the so-called Face on Mars and the whacked out interstellar ambitions of its leaders. The detailed description of various transportation modes, farming techniques, and ...more
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
* This book was given to me for an unbiased review

The story follows a preteen and her friend on the colony of Mars as they find their way through a plot shrouded in mystery and peril. I wasn't overly impressed with this book. This is a solid YA story, I think I am just not in the target audience. There are some YA books that are enjoyable for both young adults and ... old adults but there are some that are for the 10- 14 age bracket and are simply not as relatable outside of that bracket.

JL Henker
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
This is one whacky space adventure. A couple of 'Valley Girls' facing danger and intrigue on Mars. I found it fun, interesting, "out-of-this world" in many way. I've never read anything like it and found the two female characters both odd and entertaining. Great world-building with bizarre Mars beings (but, hey, it's Mars). More character development would have brought my rating up from 3 to 4. If you're looking for a fun romp with a couple of not-exactly-normal teens, give it a whirl.
Doug Farren
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is not something I would normally read. But, I know the author and I make it a point to try to read at least one book from every author I personally know. It's geared more towards the younger crowd but that did not prevent it from keeping me entertained. As a parent, if I had kids like the two main characters in this book, they would be grounded for life and I would be questioning my parenting abilities.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
I truly did try to love this book, I did. But I gave up less than 100 pages in. It's a bit of a jumbled mess, as another reviewer mentioned. I do enjoy how Kapera is written, but Nannoannie got on my last freakin' nerve. She truly detracted from the story, as she comes across as super immature, even for a sixteen-year-old. Maybe I'll come back to this one and give it another go, but right now, it's not worth the read. DNF.
May 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: early-review, won, sci-fi, ya
Turzillo tried too hard to world-build, resulting in way too much slang that really affected the flow of the story.
Sep 01, 2017 rated it liked it
My feelings about this book are complex. There were parts that went by quickly and were exciting, and other parts that made me grind my teeth, particularly at some of the choices made by and for the main characters.

Things I loved about it:
1) A story about two girls. Not about two girls getting saved by other people, but about two girls who go on a wild adventure all on their own and come out okay on the other end, and a little wiser.
2) The girls are tough. They meet one challenge after another
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