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Lakes of Mars

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Aaron Sheridan doesn’t want to live anymore. His entire family had just died in a shuttle crash and he’d been the one flying it. Unable to deal with the guilt, he signs up for the Fleet expecting a fatal deployment to the Rim War, but instead ends up at their most prestigious command school, Corinth Station.

Initially, he’s detached from the brutality of his instructors and
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I received this book from Net galley, in exchange for an honest review.

This is another Netgalley offering from an unknown-to-me author.
It felt rather reminiscent of Ender’s Game and Red Rising. There were some interesting elements such as the restriction of artificial intelligence due to human fear of possible consequences, but it is a little over written and there was also a few clichés such as being bullied by the top dog and then befriending the weaker but smarter classmate.
After a while the
Sherwood Smith
You don’t expect an elite war academy in the middle of a grim war to be fun, or if you do, this is not the book to read.

Aaron Sheridan, our first-person narrator, we can assume survived because he’s writing his history, narrating with the elegant, vivid, and ferociously intellectual insight that comes of decades of experience. But anyone else? We soon—very soon—discover that nobody is safe.

The tone is set when Aaron opens the story discovering himself sent to this academy, though he expected to
DNF at 53%

I enjoyed the beginning. And I really tried to finish it, even if the story became confusing and unclear after the first 30%.

It was probably a mistake to put this book aside for a while. When I picked it up again later, I realized that I simply lost my interest in the story completely. After struggling to get into it, I decided to give up.

I like the idea of the soundtrack to the book, very creative. I wish I could finish it.

***ARC provided kindly by the publisher via NetGalley in exc
Patty Smith
Many thanks to Netgalley and Merritt Graves for providing an ARC in exchange for a review. All opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving and advanced copy.
Rating 3.5 stars.

Aaron, a seventeen year old kid, carries a lot of guilt for a shuttlecraft accident that killed his family. He was driving. He decides to enlist and figures he will get sent to the Rim to fight, which he knows almost means certain death. But he instead makes it onto the Corinth Station which houses the most elite m
Quintin Zimmermann
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Aaron Sheridan lives in a future that closely resembles our own. Escalating tensions between superpowers, in this case not countries, but rather worlds, Earth and Mars.

Earth felt threatened by Athens, Mars' artificial superintelligence, so Earth began developing their own, called Socrates, which culminated in Athens forecasting that there was a 99.385% chance that humanity would destroy itself.

On the cusp of possible extinction, a de-tech agreement was concluded with Athens and Socrates being
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Publishing Date: September 2018

Publisher: M. Graves

ISBN: 9781949272000

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 3.5/5

Publisher’s Description: Aaron Sheridan doesn’t want to live anymore. His entire family had just died in a shuttle crash and he’d been the one flying it. Unable to deal with the guilt, he signs up for the Fleet expecting a fatal deployment to the Rim War, but instead ends up at their most prestigious command school, Corinth Station.

Review: Like a few of the reviews out there, the story line has been do
Lakes of Mars by Merritt Graves is a sci-fi book, that upon reading the synopsis reminded me of Ernest Cline's Armada or Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game (Which I have not had the pleasure of reading, only watched the movie), so I was intrigued!

Aaron Sheridan signs up for Fleet expecting to be deployed to The Rim wars, but is sent to the most prestigious command school instead - Corinth Station. Right from the start, he does not get along with the other students, expect for Sebastian, and he has
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
“When your world’s small, everything that moves in it matters; but when it’s larger, you get to pick out the important parts.”

Aaron’s small world has been obliterated, he’s lost everything, and rather than end up on the front line of suicidal war mission, he is transferred to a prestigious military school and discovers that the world is much larger, and more sinister, than he originally thought.

I’m a big fan of space related science fiction and Lakes of Mars did not disappoint! It started well;
Ornella (Nyx)
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, sci-fi

Things I Liked:
- The world. Even though this exclusively takes place at Cardiff station, we get plenty of knowledge on how everything came about and where everyone stands politically. We got history of the terraforming of Mars and the rest of the colonies, the technological advancements, how Earth is doing now and how all the colonies are holding up.
- Most of the characters. Or I guess I like the characters just not one aspect of them, which I'll talk about later. They were at least all well
D. Fischer
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This author has a wonderful way of telling an intriguing story. Normally not my cup of tea, this book managed to capture me in such a captivating tale, it left me wanting more. Highly recommend this book and all those to come. This author is worth it, folks!
Iza Soares
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Red rising and Illuminae
♥I got a copy from NetGalley and this is my most honest uninfluenced review♥

Rating: 6 of 7; 5 of 5; 9 of 10

General view: Trust no one. That should be the motto of this book. A lot of times someone said something and I was "you're not going to believe it, right?" but then a few chapters later "oh shit that was real" and guess what a few more chapter later "oh no that wasn't true anyway" and that goes on and on and on. It's just so wild! Everything about that school is fucked up. Ever
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This story is reminiscent of Ender’s Game where a young man enlists in the service during a war with fearsome aliens. Aaron Sheridan is a hotshot pilot. But after an accident that killed his family, he enlists with a death wish to go to the front and die. Instead, he’s sent to officer training school where brutal things happen to students. The confederation’s top scientists have collected here, too, ostensibly to research an antidote to the deadly Verex venom. But is that really why they’re here ...more
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a complex and tightly plotted sci-fi 'space opera' told from the point of view of teenager Aaron Sheridan. Ace pilot Aaron is grieving and guilt-ridden in the immediate aftermath of a shuttle crash which kills his parents and sister. Aaron enlists in the military and is sent to an isolated cadet training space station, orbiting a lonely and seemingly uninhabitable planet. Aaron soon realises that things are not what they seem, either with the training programme, the space station, the pl ...more
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I do not typically enjoy reading science fiction, but I did not want to put Lakes of Mars down once I began reading it.

In addition to being astonished by my fervent engagement with a book classified as science fiction and fantasy, and in addition to being impressed by the literary quality of author Merritt Grave's writing, I was thoroughly amazed to find that I - a middle-aged woman - connected so deeply with the teenage-boy protagonist, Aaron. I winced, feeling his pain; was flummoxed alongsid
Lakes of Mars starts out super strong with the guilt-riddled Aaron Sheridan, our protagonist, heading on what appears to be a suicide mission. Feeling like he has nothing to lose, the story unfolds and begins to make it clear that he was meant for more and that the universe is not done with him yet.

This book contained all the things that sci-fic readers like myself love most – space battles, shady government dealings, aliens and spaceships! There is a lot of heart to Grave’s work as well, as we
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved reading Lake of Mars.

It is reminiscent of Ender's Game, set in an elite military command school in space. I enjoyed the world building with the depth of politics that come with a dispersed human kind. There was great pace and plenty of action.

The points holding me from giving this a higher rating were small, but fairly continuous niggles. An explanation that did not quite hold up, a subject called space maths, and sometimes the gap between two chapters was jarring.

I did enjoy reading thi
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.
This book left me confused.
I found the story highly entertaining and then equally boring in places.
If I could cut out the boring parts then I would have been more than happy.
For me this was just too up and down.
Frank Watson
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
LAKES OF MARS, the inaugural novel of Merritt Graves, has promise, though leans heavily on such modern science fiction classics as FOREVER WAR by Joe Haldeman (military training which is based at least partly on who survives the training); ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card (using game-type simulations to prepare to fight an alien menace); and STARSHIP TROOPERS by Robert Heinlein (a young man in a space corps training to be an officer).

It often takes a writer a long time to find his or her own voi
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
ARC was provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The blurb is what intrigued me but it only took me the first few chapters to realise that it was understating things a lot.

The story follows Aaron Sheridan, a young man haunted by the shuttle crash that had killed his family, which he feels responsible for as he was the shuttle pilot. In a suicidal bid he signs up for the Fleet, expecting to be sent to the Rim where the conflict between humans and the Verex is t
Linda Murray
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A good YA read. Our main character is unexpectedly transferred to this prestigious trading acadamy in outer space. It's abit of a Lord of the Flies set in outer space. Enjoyable reading with a good cliff hanger which leaves you wanting to read the next book. ...more
Guy Wheatley
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It starts well and ends well. Things do drag a little in the middle, but not enough to take it out of 5 star rating. The story is engaging with elements reminiscent to “Hunger Games,” and “Ender’s Game,” but this isn’t a knock off of those books. It follows its own plot. The story line reminds me of an updated “Red Planet,” by Robert A Heinlein. Again, this is not simply a knock off of that book, going its own way enough to be a unique tale. If you like military science fiction, then this is the ...more
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love it, love it, love it!
I wasn't expecting much, but from the very start I got sucked in and finished the book very fast. Can't wait for the second part now!
I wanted to find something of this style in recent months after finishing Leviathan Wakes and the Red Rising trilogy. And wouldn't say that this book is the same as these two I mention. In some ways, the pace and the setting has reminded me of them, though. Lakes of Mars feels more personal. The characters are well developed, and I have to
Lora Shouse
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The characters are relatable and the action is very nearly non-stop.

This pulse-pounding sci-fi adventure takes place in a time when (as near as I can tell) humans have just barely begun to move out of our own solar system. They have begun to extend their colonizing efforts to a few planets nearest the solar system. But they have encountered some sort of opposition around the farthest reaches of where they have traveled, and there is currently a war going on at a place, or seri
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am not sure how this book ended up in my TBR. I couldn't find the email from the author/publisher requesting a review. I also couldn't find it on my NetGalley shelf. So mysterious. So very mysterious. But it ended up on my Kindle, I am glad that it did because it was a great read!!

Aaron is determined to kill himself. After a shuttle crash that killed his family (he was flying), he doesn't have a reason to live. He figures the best way to do that is to sign up for the Fleet and be deployed to t
May 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.0 of 5

Aaron Sheridan is angry and upset. A shuttle that he was piloting crashed and everyone in his family (except him) died. Now with a death wish, he signs up for Fleet service, expecting to be shipped off to the front line of the Rim War. Instead, he is sent to Corinth Station on Mars - an elite command school. He immediately stands up for a poor kid who is being picked on by one of the most feared cadets in the school, Cael
Rachel Barnard
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"There was so little I understood about this place. It all felt like I was teetering on the edge of a nightmare."

"What kind of worlds would there be if people invented monsters and no one tried to stop them?"

Aaron expected to be sent to the rim; he expected to die. Instead, Aaron is assigned to Corinth and some other luckless foot-soldier assigned to the rim as a fatality statistic. Corinth is a training ground for students and home to some of the most elite scientists. The first rule of Corinth
Hana Correa
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
The story begins with our 17 year old protagonist Aaron Sheridan. Aaron finds himself in a distraught mental state after an accident, he believes he is responsible for, kills his parents and sister. Believing he isn’t worthy of existing anymore, Aaron signs up for active duty in the fleet militia. He sabotages his scores in the hopes that he will be sent to the Rim. A brutal, front line war zone where he is likely to be killed off quickly in the escalating war with an alien species known as Vere ...more
John Purvis
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Lakes of Mars" eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Merritt Graves. Mr. Graves has published two novels. 

I received an ARC of this novel through in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Language. The story is set in the future. Mars and other locations in the Solar System have been colonized. The primary character is 17-year-old Aaron Sheridan. 

Sheridan has joined the Fleet after
Aug 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
*I received this book free via in exchange for an honest review.*

My opinion of this book fluctuated quite a bit as i progressed through the story.
At first I couldn't help but feel it was a little derivative of Ender's Game, but that feeling didn't last too long. As the book fleshed out a bit, it went in its own direction but just as it had started to come into its own, it became a brainless action book.

Certain elements, I thought were done quite well;
The protagonist had a traumati
T.B. Cooper
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A super long book, longer than I expected… worth every minute, even though the story was left on a cliff hanger. 4.5 stars.

Plot: In a distant future, out in space, there’s something going on at the borders, called The Rim… a war with some terrifying creatures. But, is it real?

Characters: Aaron, the M.C., is sent to Corinth, a brutal, jail-like training center for teens. It’s not where he wanted to be, but he ends up finding a calling within the conspiracies. The government is training these yout
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Merritt Graves lives in Los Angeles, CA where the alternative rock band he co-founded, Trapdoor Social, is based. The band collaborated with him on a soundtrack to his debut novel, Lakes of Mars, that can be heard here In addition to playing music, Merritt enjoys reading, writing, hiking and gardening. ...more

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