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One Way

(Frank Kittridge #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  2,389 ratings  ·  437 reviews
It's the dawn of a new era - and we're ready to colonize Mars. But the company that's been contracted to construct a new Mars base, has made promises they can't fulfill and is desperate enough to cut corners. The first thing to go is the automation . . . the next thing they'll have to deal with is the eight astronauts they'll send to Mars, when there aren't supposed to be ...more
Kindle Edition, 358 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by Orbit (first published February 15th 2018)
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oh, man - here i am, trying to review this book a) months after i read it and b) days after i finished reading the second part, No Way. will i mix the two plots up in my head, like some outer space cocktail? will i leak book 2 spoilers like an outer space cocktail served in a cracked brandy snifter? why am i serving a cocktail, outer space or otherwise, in a brandy snifter, cracked or otherwise? what a social blunder - have i no sophistication? am i babbling on and on like this to avoid the leak ...more
Hiu Gregg
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
One Way is one of those books that will make you think about the way that the world works.

This is a hard sci-fi book, and for those unfamiliar with that term, it means that the science in this science fiction leans more towards the plausible than the fantastical. In this context the word “hard” could also allude to the hard look that One Way takes at the concept of colonising Mars

Let’s be completely honest with ourselves here. Nobody who has tried to colonise anything in the past has ever done s
Woo hoo, I won this on a GR Giveaway, seriously I really did 😬
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Given the choice between a one-way trip to Mars and life imprisonment, what would you choose? For Frank, who committed murder in order to save his son, he knows that whatever happens he will be getting a raw deal. But rather than rot in jail for the rest of his life, he figures that maybe, just maybe, he can accomplish something before he dies that will help him be remembered, something that will make his kid be proud of
Liz Barnsley
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one as was shown by the speed at which I read it - One Way is basically a bit of an adventurous murder mystery set on Mars, or mostly so anyway, a tense and claustrophobic tale which benefited from some scientific geekery and a main character who was easy to get along with.

Frank is offered the chance to leave prison behind and be part of a mission to prepare a Mars base for the scientists who will be going to live and work there - it isn't a get out of jail free card - he a
Morden’s debut has some serious vibes that call The Martian to mind, complete with having to make long treks across Mars to gather resources that they need to survive, with some murder mystery and corporate conspiracy thrown into the mix for good measure.

Though certain big events and twists might be predictable for readers familiar with the genres, the writing itself and the reveals of said twists make for an enjoyable and engaging read.

Despite the serious events (life sentences and people being
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Sometimes, despite everything we know about what is good for us, humans just want to eat a cheeseburger over a salad, binge reality baking shows on Netflix over going for a run, have that second piece of cake rather than restrain ourselves. One Way, by S.J. Morden, is a cheeseburger of a book - it's not going to do anything unexpected, it'll let you indulge your lazy side, and you'll be left vaguely unsatisfied even though you might be full to bursting.

It's not a terrible book by any means - I c
The Captain
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Ahoy there me mateys! I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .

This book was a fun and entertaining read. To save money, a corporation decides to train convicts to be the first exploratory crew on Mars. It is a one way trip. Their purpose is to build and set-up the living quarters for the NASA scientists that follow and then be the maintenance crew for the station. Except that once they get to Mars, they start to die one by o
Written by a rocket scientist so I believe the facts pertaining to building a Mars Base are technically correct. There is much labour involved in setting it up and having it ready for the first NASA astronauts. They need construction workers for the domes, electricians, people to construct and assemble Mars rovers, people knowledgeable in computers, plumbing, and growing food and medical personnel. To cut costs they have decided to forego robots and remote automatic systems. It is their plan to ...more
May 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, arc

It’s “The Martian” meets “And Then There Were None” in this sci-fi thriller that hits a number of right notes but not quite enough of them to merit being compared to either of those two novels. There are plenty of good ideas here and it’s well written but it never hit the heavy heights it could have done and I can’t put my finger on why.

There are plenty of character’s to introduce but only a handful feel fleshed out but the main character is one of those and you get a sense of him being a c
Mel (Epic Reading)
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it

Many will compare One Way to The Martian; and they would be right to compare a space book to another space book. Both are set on Mars, both include initial phases of scientific set-up or colonization, and both are focused on a guy who is hyper sensitive about all the dangers of Mars and just wants to survive. But past the obvious Mars, space, survival plot points these two books couldn't be more different.

Given the choice between life in prison and a trip to Mars (from which you will never
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Part murder mystery, part scifi, part thriller and part prison cell drama on Mars. It was a very easy and flowable read. The thrills were well placed and timed, although the story was a little cliched. The murderer was predictable and you pretty much knew who it was before the big reveal. I really enjoyed Frank as the main character, I think hes someone that a reader can cheer for and really engage with. The science was well handled, although not very overly technical. I read this over a few sit ...more
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Mars. One of my all time favorite travel destinations which for practical reasons is currently undertaken strictly in fictional (and occasionally) nonfictional form. I was very excited to see this book come up on Netgalley and read it almost as soon as my request was approved. Sadly, this trip to Mars turned out to be not exactly excitement worthy. Although still infinitely more pleasant than it did for the book’s characters, seven convicts who exchange one prison for another as they sign up to ...more
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
3.5 rounded up. A murder mystery on Mars. Pure adventure.
Danielle Tremblay
I loved The Martian, but I loved One Way even more. The author knows a lot about what could be done to live on Mars and what could go wrong. And the crime novel inside this SF is intriguing too. I didn't like much the uncaring Frank, who didn't want to know if the deaths were accidental or not until it was almost too late, even for himself. In French, « Braque » (pronounce it "Brack") means: dazed, a little crazy, whimsical. This was a good name for the sadistic character of this novel.

And it wo
Murder in space! Well, on Mars. A very entertaining mix of science fiction and crime with a slight feel of The Martian about it. Review to follow shortly.
Shaun Hutchinson
Meh. Wasn't bad. The Britishisms that sneaked in were a bit jarring. I get that the author is from the UK, but all of the book's characters were American, so using "queue" in stead of "line" and the like threw me out of the story.

I also found Frank to be too passive. This could have been an interesting mystery but, and this is even mentioned by one of the other characters, Frank is so incurious that it makes the story a bit boring.

I liked the attention to scientific detail for the most part, tho
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want to thank the folks at Netgalley for giving me an ARC of this book, I will be posting the review of this book as the release date gets closer in the US. I will say that this is more a thriller rather than a technical book,I enjoyed the whodunnit sense of it .
Mar 28, 2020 rated it liked it

I really enjoyed the premise of this story. Convicts being sent to Mars to build the first base station, and then someone starts killing them. A Mars Murder Mystery! We follow Frank, who, while being a convicted murderer, is a pretty okay guy. I mostly enjoyed myself while reading this.
This book was very science heavy science fiction. I tend to enjoy more fiction in my science fiction. That's mostly because the science part is going to go right over my head. There was a lot of focus on the scien
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Totally awesome! Morden came up with a great premise and absolutely delivered. It was a solid fun read from end to end. It isn't as sophisticated as Martian but I think Martian fans will still find it to be a great read.
Jul 14, 2019 rated it liked it
3-3.5 stars. Interesting ideas, and I found the treatment of the convicts deplorable, but the plot and characters kept slipping away from me. Not because there was anything inherently wrong with this story, but my attention kept being engaged by other things than this book.
Trigger warnings: murder, incarceration, violence.

3.5 stars.

In the interests of full disclosure, I won a copy of this through the Dymocks Gold Booklover Program. But that doesn't change my opinion in any way.

So this premise of this book? Is AMAZING. A company works out that it's cheaper and more efficient to send criminals to Mars to construct a base than it is to send robots. A group of criminals are recruited and travel to Mars and start construction. But once they're there, they start dying
One Way is a futuristic, science fiction novel, it’s not a genre I would normally read but I'm glad I did and thought it was pretty good with a unique concept. Set in 2047, NASA contracted a company called Xenosystems Operations (XO) to construct a base in Mars for their NASA astronauts. But with budget being an issue, XO decided to use prisoners serving a life sentence, who have a certain specialized skill set and knowledge that XO could use for work on Mars – which would ultimately cut costs.

Bon Tom
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very good, and looking forward to the sequel. Hope we won't need to wait too long. I like character of Frank and got attached to him enough to want to read more about him.

But I didn't get that "hole" threat quite right. Why did they threat them with it, again? What's the logic behind putting the guy into the hole for stupid reason out of his control like not passing his blood test? How the very medievality of it didn't fire up a few warning lights in what should be a bunch of savvy criminals?
Danny Tyran
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Straight away, from the cover, we can perhaps see who this book is aimed at attracting. A lone figure in a space suit, in a red (well, orange, really) sandstorm. From the start, the presence of the unexpected bestseller The Martian looms large here. I can see this one in the bookshop with a promotional blurb, “For those who are wondering what to read after The Martian…”

Which is a tad unfair, but I’ll explain more in a moment.

From the publisher: There's a murderer amongst them, and everyone's
Amanda Wong
Thank you Goodreads for my copy of this book.

This book is about the first base on Mars being built and run by prisoners with life sentences, and specific skills needed for the base.

I enjoyed the concept and the description of Mars. I got attached to the main character Frank and enjoyed the story from his point of view. When the prisoners started dying I guessed the ending pretty early on. Some parts were very gruesome and while I enjoyed the suspense there was some unnecessary gore.

The one thing
David Stringer
Dec 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This is a good, entertaining read about a bunch of prisoners/convicts who have been given the opportunity to use their skills, in helping to build up and then serve on a newly formed base on Mars. This book is like the films Dirty Dozen meets Armageddon, who slowly walks by and says hello to 'The Martian'.

And what could go wrong, with loads of life serving prisoners, plonked together in a dangerous, unhabitable planet like Mars? Well, people start slowly being killed off or involved in accidents
Maya Panika
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A murder mystery set on Mars, One Way is a perfect page turner, completely plot led, it moves at break neck speed. The plot is all, there’s very little embellishment in the way of characterisation or world-building, the Martian landscape is dismissed in a few vague sentences, so if you’re looking for a book about the wonder of being the first colonists on Mars, this is not the novel for you. What characterisation there is is mainly set in the opening chapters, when a group of former convicts ser ...more
May 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018
I received this novel from Orbit Books, through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Mars has always been identified as the next frontier for space exploration, and in recent years the interest toward the red planet increased exponentially, with the probability of a manned mission drawing closer and closer. It's no surprise then that genre literature turned again its focus on the colonization of Mars as humanity's next step toward building a new home away from our birthplace: One Way is o
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