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We Are Mars

(Rubicon Saga #1)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  29 reviews
The year is 2128.

For the people of Rubicon, Mars is Home - hostile and unforgiving - but still Home. When Rubicon is taken by surprise by an unexpected and deadly threat, it's a race against time and a desperate fight to stay alive.

Jax and Dana, Ridley and Chuck, Lenny and Maliyah all stand on opposite sides of a class divide, battling passions and tensions in equal
ebook, 380 pages
Published May 15th 2018 by Southernwood Technologies Inc.
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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 ...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
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 ...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
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 ...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
Jodi Christensen
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 ...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!
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
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
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 youafter 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
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
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,
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 ...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.
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.
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.
Eileen Hammond
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great Mars Description; Feels Like You’re There

I enjoyed this book. The description was written so well that you feel like you are on the red planet, with all the problems that might occur on such a remote planet. You root for Dana and the rest of the planet’s leadership team as they battle to survive. The world building is good.
Kate Rauner
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mars fans, scifi fans
As the story opens, someone is drilling deep into a Martian glacier. He's up to no good, and colonists may be too complacent, too worried about their spiraling maintenance problems, and (like most real people) too involved in their own relationship games to suspect.

A breathtaking discovery and a dangerous system failure combine to create a race against time and a desperate fight to stay alive. Then things get worse and, just when it seems the colony will recover, things go wildly-wrong again.

Mrs. Y
Suspense is one of those genres which I happen to enjoy quite a bit. I love when the layers of the story come slowly and build, and in cooking terms it's when there are layers of flavor on the pallet. For the brain, layers of suspense are exciting, and it brings a more enticing outcome to any story that uses the approach. Add Mars, and some political intrigue and you have an interesting take. Want to know more? Get your land rover, make sure you took your vaccine because I'm about to review "We ...more
Douglas Pierce
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love science the idea of a Martian this book

If you love Mars and the idea of what living on Mars would be like, check this book out! There is a real, lived in feeling to this book, which is exciting.

The pacing is deliberate. The characters are complex. The science is interesting and believable.

There is is a bit more telling and less showing than I would prefer, but overall worth the read.
SC Beau
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well written science fiction novel. I liked the character personalities and how the story flowed around each of their Point of view. A great read.
Martin Foster
rated it really liked it
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