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We Are Mars

(Rubicon Saga #1)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  39 reviews
An unexpected threat. A deadly enemy. A race against time and a desperate fight to stay alive.

Mars’ Rubicon settlement is home to Jax and Dana, Ridley and Chuck, Lenny and Maliyah. They stand on opposite sides of a class divide, battling passions and tensions in equal measure. But can they work together to avert a disaster? Can fundamental differences between them be their
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Published February 23rd 2020 by Southernwood Technologies Inc. (first published May 15th 2018)
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Poulomi Sanyal
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lawson’s We Are Mars is a book that deserves a 5-star rating based on the plot alone. The timing of the story is also impeccable, given our current obsession with setting up an experimental human colony on other galactic planets and especially on Mars. The story delivers a profound message to those who romanticise about this idea without diving deep into the possible repercussions of such an ambitious mission. From the beginning of time, humanity has engaged itself in the dangerous game of tryin ...more
Janet Whitehead
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This a great novel, and a first fiction novel for this author. I was caught up in the storyline, but also in the extent of scientific research Lawson must have undertaken to imagine a community on Mars that we earthling readers could buy into. It worked and I am truly looking forward to the sequel.
Trey Stone
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This, is one absolute gem of a sci-fi book. And I’ll tell you why in a second.

We Are Mars follows the colony of Rubicon, in the year 2128, on—you guessed it—Mars. Rubicon is harsh, but simple. Most of the inhabitants are genetically modified humans, all with their own purpose, their own job to go to, and everyone works together to make sure the Rubicon stays afloat. The biggest problems the inhabitants face, are each other, and the divides between them. Until one day when a disaster hits; when s
Carissa Starr
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is a lot of story packed into “We Are Mars.” The author weaves personal tales in between the threads of a tense, sci-fi thriller that doesn't hesitate to throw another wrench in the works as soon as you start to get comfortable. With the story set in a fully populated Mars colony, there is a wealth of technology and science to touch upon for, not only world-building, but story/plot purposes, and Cheryl Lawson seems to have done an ample amount of research to bring authenticity to Rubicon B ...more
Sherri Moorer
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The year is 2128, and humanity has achieved the dream of settling on Mars. Rubicon, a scientific settlement, has survived from the exciting first days to the humdrum of everyday life in a scientific community, managing to move along despite decreasing support from Earth. They exist under a strict regime that promotes work and survival, and punishes personal relationships as a distraction from their mission of survival on the red planet. Things are strict but good, until a problem with the water ...more
Paul III
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are a lot of reasons to like We Are Mars. The book is well researched and the author paints a realistic picture of what life on the planet would be like. You get the feeling she actually lived there for a few years and just got back to write about it.

The characters are as well developed as the environment and they interact in a logical manner, based on the world they live in and they change as the story evolves. Lawson does a great job with their relationships, they are believable and kee
Mark Karsten
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I find most books which are part of a series will often leave you with one of two feelings: 1)Satisfaction - the story wrapped up and had a surprisingly sufficient ending. OR 2)Craving for more - the story was JUST HEATING UP and then the author typed THE END and left you fiending for more. With We Are Mars, Cheryl Lawson managed to do both. I'm chomping at the bit for more of the Rubicon Saga, but I'm also very pleased with how the tale has been told so far. There's never a dull moment or a was ...more
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cheryl Lawson paints a believable and exciting vision of Mars in her debut novel, We Are Mars. It's clear to see that she's done her research on the red planet, but also doesn't let the techno-babble get in the way of compelling and well written story. Her writing style has an exuberance to it that you can feel emanating off of the pages, in even the most tense scenes. The book's ending leaves you wanting for more, and I can't wait to read more from this author! ...more
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Once the pride of Earth's governments and science community, Rubicon, the first colony on Mars, heads into decline. But who is trying to sabotage the isolated members of this once thriving outpost?

Lawson proves herself as an excellent storyteller. In some areas of the story, I would have preferred more narrative than exposition, but that is a stylistic preference. In the end, the author gets the story told.

Plenty of action, suspense and romance in this sf thriller. I would recommend this novel f
Quinn Buckland
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is exceptional and should be read by all. For a better breakdown, this is my review/
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
When you read indie fiction, you often don't know what you're going to get. I exchanged books with Cheryl Lawson, a Kamloops writer, at a local comic con we both attended. I've made it a point to read a bit more indie fiction this year, despite the various reading challenges I'm doing (which, on that site, focus on traditionally-published books.) And I want to say on the outset that I really enjoyed this book! It's a great story, the plot is absorbing, the characters are complex people that you ...more
Jenn Bradshaw
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hubby's Review:

As a person who would love to be a Mars Colonist, We Are Mars, is a great starter book for Cheryl. The book moves pretty fast, and has enough entertainment to keep me interested. There are a few questions I have about some of the things that take place, but they aren't hard to over look for the entertainment of the story. Again for a first novel, the writing was pretty good and I am anxiously awaiting book two. Cheryl really hits home with her descriptions of life on Mars and the
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
In terms of its scientific accuracy, We Are Mars is hard sci-fi. Evidently, the story revolves around a colony on Mars. The surface of the planet remains inhospitable to life, albeit staggeringly beautiful to those who appreciate it. Life inside the compound sustaining the colony is tough, as the people there face the challenges of limited resources, crumbling machinery, and a Planet Earth that has lost interest in their project, and as such has mostly eliminated its support.

Not only does the pl
Jodi Jensen
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Be prepared to become fully immersed in life on a Mars colony with Cheryl's Sci-Fi thriller, We Are Mars. She takes you on a journey from page one, with daily life on the colony, fascinating in its own right, and then boom! all hell breaks loose. Cheryl has created a cast of fantastic characters whose struggles are relatable and real and who must learn to set aside differences and work together as they race to save as many lives as possible. A must read for Sci-Fi fans, adventure fans and thrill ...more
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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A city on mars! What could possibly go wrong...

TL;DR - A super space thriller, full of excitement and wonderful characters.


Why I read it…

I originally bought this book as a sort of weak thank you after Cheryl very kindly offered me some excellent advice on kicking writers block. Though I would have bought it either way, because it sounded exciting and I love a good sci-fi novel!

The Story…

Rubicon was once the pinnacle of human achi
K. J. Harrowick
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I was asked to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

What I loved:
Jax's character was the most interesting from the outset. He was exactly the type of character I adore--the hot shot attitude in a roughneck's skin. This is purely personal taste, but I would have loved to see more of the story focus solely on his adventure without the additional points of view.

Areas needing a touch of refinement:
This is very, very personal taste and another writer will probably feel differently, but the
Evelyn Chartres
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
We Are Mars, by Cheryl Lawson, is a story of what happens when scientific achievement and exploration meet the grim reality of the Twitter generation, one too distracted to pay attention to what the senior echelon is up to.

This story starts a little over fifty years after the settlement is established and is home to thousands of souls. Here, conditions are deteriorating because supplies from Earth are less bountiful than before.

From there, the author introduces a varied and memorable cast of pla
Derek Niven
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
We Are Mars (The Rubicon Saga #1) by Cheryl Lawson This is the first book in the Rubicon series set on Mars in the 22nd century. It is well constructed and a fast-paced read, with believable characters. I enjoyed it, although, the conclusion could have been a bit more climactic. It has obviously been written as a series and in some ways entices the reader towards Part 2. I read the Kindle edition, so I am not sure how the paperback edition is laid out, and I found the unblocked and over-spaced paragraphing slightly off-putting. I would reco ...more
Gem Jackson
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a very engaging examination of humanity as we move beyond the boundaries of our own planet.

It is a big book, reflecting the intricate world-building and level of detail incorporated into the narrative. As such, I have to admit, I struggled with the first few chapters, especially keeping track of the POV switches, but was rewarded with a story that really took off and ratcheted up the pace the jeapordy. The author does a really excellent job in bringing Mars and its colonists to life, dro
Jennifer Fernandez
We Are Mars follows the events that lead a colony on Mars to face its hardest challenge yet. For 52 years the resilient people of Rubicon have turned the Red Planet into their home. The mixed population of natural-born humans and genetically modified humans coexist together to fulfill the necessary task for their survival. Each day, the aging colony takes a step closer to autonomy as Earth sends less help and resources. You’d think the inhospitable environment would be the obstacle to face on Ma ...more
Louise Williamson
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found Cheryl's book mentioned several times on Twitter - @WeAreMarsBook - and temptation finally got the better of me. A well-written debut novel that held my attention with a tighter grip the more I read! The plot twists and turns while the characters are developed, both believable in a near-future Mars settlement. This book, while self-contained, is the first in 'The Rubicon Saga' series, and I look forward to reading the further development of the story in Cheryl's forthcoming books. Highly ...more
Anita Dow
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed We Are Mars – the first book in The Rubicon Saga. Set in the not too distant future on Mars, the human cast of characters have important work to do but a saboteur is about to wreck the settlement and all the systems so painstakingly constructed. Every character is totally believable but what impressed me most was the obvious research undertaken by author Cheryl Lawson. Everything about this first human settlement beyond our planet - the operating systems and the role and pur ...more
Allison Vaughn
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed this read! In a time when we’re dealing with a viral pandemic here on Earth, the major conflict of this story hits home. The stress it puts the characters under is easy to relate to and devastating—as it’s meant to be. The technological research that went in to this writing is astounding & impressive to say the least. I could clearly picture the described technology & the attention to those details helped make it feel real & relatable. If I could’ve given 4.5 stars, I would. M ...more
Kip Koelsch
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A crisp tempo and clean writing made this a joy to read. The cover makes it clear WE ARE MARS is the first book in a series and I had to keep that in mind as the pace of the action quickened near the end. A unique take on the colonization of Mars that is punctuated with well-rain, realistic main characters. Highly recommended.
Shel Calopa
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A rock solid first novel. Bravo Lawson! Appreciated the research that must have been done by the author to get the Mars setting authentic without letting the story be bogged down in detail. Plenty of twists and turns with a timely undercurrent. Read it and you’ll know what I mean 😉.

Look forward to reading further titles by this talented author.
Sylvie Parris
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
A well researched, well written story about a science colony on Mars. There were surprises, plot twists and a cliff hanger ending that has you wishing for just a few more pages. I how Rubicon felt like a real place, and that the author is a master of tension. Looking forward to book two.
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Masterpiece!!
What can I say, except how much can I gush about this book without giving away all the good bits? We Are Mars sucked me into the story from the very first chapter, and didn't let me go until I'd finished the whole book! It was non-stop, pulse-pounding drama that made me gasp, laugh, cheer, and shudder in all the right ways. I thoroughly enjoyed the meticulous research that the author has done to create a plausible, believable glimpse into life on Mars, and the character developmen
Zev Good
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fun, easy read that blends colonization sci-fi with contagion sci-fi, and even a hint of romance. Only beef I have is that it ended with a cliffhanger, and I hate those.
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Definitely didn't enjoy this as much as anyone else. Not my style, and the formatting was pretty bad, with lines randomly breaking. I also didn't enjoy the large cast, but that's probably a personal preference. ...more
Marian Thorpe
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I review a plot-driven, action oriented book, if it keeps me turning the pages, it's a winner. After being introduced to the major characters of this Mars-colony science fiction tale, We Are Mars had plenty of plot twists and rapid action to catch and hold my attention. There's just enough human interest and romance to add stakes to the unfolding crisis - or crises - too. Clearly well-researched and with an ending which propels the reader forward into the second book in the trilogy, We Are ...more
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