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You're Going to Mars!

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  170 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Living and slaving in Fill City One, you get used to the smell. We call it the Everpresent Stink. But every once in a while, on a spring day with a breeze, it clears away enough to remind us that there is something more out there. Most Fillers' wildest dreams would be just to get past the walls and live in the mainland. But my dream? It’s a little bigger.

I’m going to Mars
Audiobook, 250 pages
Published November 13th 2018
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Rob Dircks
Oct 23, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi, I'm the author. This story started with a simple premise: what would happen if the most unlikely person got a chance to go to Mars? And then BOOM: this book was born. I got to spend a good chunk of 2017-2018 with Paper, and her mother Jane, and of course Aurora, and the Gitanos (oh boy, those Gitanos!), and the master of ceremonies himself, Zach Larson, as they all careened this way and that, through this science fiction odyssey/comedy/love story/adventure, and maybe even learned something a ...more
Donna Backshall
First off, I have to let you know I seriously despise Reality TV. Why? Mostly because it always seems to bring out the most embarrassing representatives of humanity. You can keep your Big Brother mouth breathers and your haughty lion-faced Housewives, because I only care about who's got an alien porn addiction onboard The Orville and which character will next travel through the Craigh na Dun stones to the 1770s on Outlander. (Yes, I like my TV like I like my books: ESCAPIST)

I guess that means I
Dave Packard
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible, laser
Maybe I was just in the right mood to read this, but I absolutely loved it. Somewhat similar to a Heinlien juvenile, but perhaps better written? Highly recommend for anyone that liked We are Legion, We are Bob or Have Spacesuit Will Travel...
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Triplets named Paper, Rock and Scissors live in Fill City One with their father and grandmother.  Paper’s dream is to go to Mars someday.   Good news for Paper!  Zach Larson, a private entrepreneur is funding a private trip to Mars.  For one lucky person who competes on his TV game show and wins!  Much like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Paper has to find the much sought-after prize, a red scarab.  If she’s lucky enough to find a winning scarab, she has to escape Fill City One; ride over ...more
Jan McClintock
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've already read several of Rob Dirck's books and loved them, so I jumped at the chance to read this one.

It's a fun underdog story set in a future U.S. where a huge corporation has complete control over waste management. Our heroine, Paper (with sisters named Rock and Scissors), is a drudge in one of the very stinky trash cities. She has always dreamed of space travel and is smart as a whip, but her lowly position keeps her firmly on the terrestrial garbage heap. That is until a contest from t
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible, audiobooks, sff
Dircks is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. He writes great science fiction with characters who have lots of heart. With lead of this story, Paper, he gets a 21 year old woman who feels authentic. He also nails a complicated relationship between Paper and Aurora.

And then there's the adventure itself. A few books ago, I'd just finished reading a non-fiction about life as an astronaut on the ISS. This book feels very researched while not at all dull.

As for the story, this is like any r
Julie  Capell
THANK YOU for writing a book about a girl competing in a "game" that does NOT require the deaths of the other participants in order for a victor to be declared.

In case it's not obvious, I'm not a fan of the Hunger Games, or Survivor, or pretty much any reality shows in which the contestants must stab each other in the back and resort to other negative behaviors in order to win.

I loved that this book took the reality show concept and showed how people can win by cooperating and generally acting
Megan (ReadingRover)
What a great surprise! This book sounded like something I would like from the get go but I didn’t think I’d enjoy it even close to this much. I absolutely loved it! The plot was well thought out, the characters had depth and the story was fast paced with a lot of action. Also it was really funny!!!
This was not a completely new take on a dystopian future, though it was executed really well. While most people live normally, some people are signed into indentured servitude for generations in Fill C
Wynne McLaughlin
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was a genuine blast! A comedic sci-fi take on the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory story with a female protagonist. Even though Ready Player One was similarly-themed, this book is about as different as you can get, and in many ways a better book. Wacky, often laugh-out-loud funny, but smart, with a very likable heroine. Brought to mind the humor of Kurt Vonnegut, Carl Hiaasen, and Christopher Moore. I almost gave it four stars because it's admittedly not amazing literature, but since these ...more
J.   ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
*I was provided with a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review*

I'm a Dircks fan. This was a fun story with great characters. I found it less funny, but more engaging than the Tesla books. ...Still can't wait for another Tesla book.

Hvam is one of my favorite narrators.... but ooooo that singing. lol

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Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have been a fan of Mr. Dircks works from his premiere release “The Wrong Unit”, to his “Where the Hell is Tesla” series, along with many of his short stories released by his publishing company Goldfinch Publishing. If you have not visited his site or signed up for the free shorts, I highly recommend you do as these often fill that science fiction gap when you need it. It might come as no surprise that this award-winning author has hit yet another home run with his latest work entitled, “You’re ...more
Brian's Book Blog
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-audiobooks
A Remarkable Book

Rob Dircks' You're Going to Mars is a remarkable book voiced by a talented narrator. The protagonist, Paper (aka Pepper, aka Robin) is intelligent, empathetic, loyal, resolute, and completely intent on one day making it to Mars, regardless of how slim the odds may be. She is immediately likable and I found myself desperately hoping she'd somehow find a way to accomplish her mission, enjoy the adventure along the way, and secure an advantageous outcome for her whole family.

This book was a pure joy to listen to. I enjoyed every minute of it. Paper Forest was the perfect character to lead me through this near future scifi tale. She’s blessed with caring family & friends even as she grows up in one of the poorest areas, working in a giant landfill. She and her sisters (Rock and Scissors, and yes, they are triplets) each have different talents and Paper’s is her fascination with rockets and Mars. This causes several model rocket mishaps, much to Duggie’s amusement ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rock, Paper, and Scissors. It is not just a game anymore. The triplets all have their different dreams but Paper is the one with the biggest dreams. She wants to go to Mars. She makes her own rockets from scraps and for homemade contraptions, they fly well. Paper has read everything she can find on space and Mars. She should be in college but instead, she is in Fill City, a massive dump on what used to be Staten Island. She cannot leave.

Along comes a contest for participants to compete on TV to
Kady Monroe
Although the plot seemed interesting, I wasn't sure what to expect when I started listening to this audiobook. The story takes part in the future and revolves around a girl who lives in a city which is basically a trash dump. She has no hope of ever leaving as her family is contracted to live and work there. However, one day, a family member presents her with a winning ticket to a game show which has a prize of a being one of the first people to step foot on Mars. Since the girl has a passion fo ...more
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What a fun and enjoyable trip to Mars and I did not want it to end. Triplets, Rock, Paper and Scissors live on the "wrong side of the tracks" with their Father and Grandmother. Paper wins a ticket to enter a reality competition with a prize of a trip to Mars. Parts of this story reminded me of "Hunger Games" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

Each character is well-developed. Once you get to the reality game show, there a
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I listened to the audiobook version of this book.

At first had a very Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory feel with how Paper gets on the TV show. However, we get to know and love Paper right off the bat. Paper was an easy character to get attached to, she is optimistic, a dreamer, the underdog, and highly relatable. 

This had me laughing out loud a few times. Its quirky and has a lot of humor. At the same time, it has some real physics and chemistry to back up some of the things that are descr
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
According to Goodreads this is Rob Dircks 4th SciFi book and in my opinion he just keeps getting better. I thoroughly enjoyed his previous novels and this one is no exception. You’re going to Mars! is excellent! I could not put it down. The story flowed effortlessly and there were no lulls; just a fun, exciting, endearing tale from start to finish. There is also plenty of humor and those snarky comments that I loved so much from the Tesla series. I think my favorite from this book was when Sciss ...more
James Jr.
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a really great Audiobook. It was interesting, the narrator was dynamic and the story is pretty unique. Some people have commented about how hilarious and funny this book is, I personally didn't laugh but at maybe one or two things the entire book, so I wouldn't get it based on the hope of it being funny. It is really quirky, but not a comedy. That being said, it is a very unique book that doesn't really fit too comfortably into any specific genre, and I really liked it for this. I can s ...more
Gosh I adored this book. Everything about it seemed to nostalgic, and honestly that was my favorite thing about it. All of the characters seemed so real, and the ones that didn’t were so unbelievably over the top that it didn’t matter! I got really attached to them, and was sad to see some of them go! I’m such a sucker for heartfelt space adventure. For the love of exploration! To be excited for new possibilities and horizons. I think all of Rob Dircks’ books have this quality and it’s why I kee ...more
Zac Stojcevski
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rob Dirks writing in the first person as a young female? You nailed it in a very convincing manner at that too - broadening your readership and pushing the boundaries of science fiction and comedy. There are times that Rob does a convincing Americanized Monty Python theme and pays enough (un)intended(?) homage to Douglas Adams to impress how clever a writer he really is. Cut throat reality TV meets Lost in Space meets 2001: A Space Odyssey, the comparatives continue in this gripping, engaging an ...more
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don’t give five stars out often, as a book has to really have an impact for me to give it that rating. Now does this book stand up to the likes of ones that have me thinking about them months after I put them down? Nope. But there is an exception that I make, and that is for a book that I can recommend to literally anyone.

You see, that is this book. This book is an easy recommendation to anyone, whether they like scifi or not. It is steeped with charm and oozes with humorous joy. Our protagoni
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Fun, fun, fun!"
A fast paced and fun story that reminded me a bit of The Hunger Games, since the protagonist is the classical underdog. A young female smart, brave, generous, fighting for freedom and justice, etc. etc.
A conspiracy, mobsters, AI, Mars, family ties, and a little romance are other ingredients.
I listen to the audio format and it is an excellent performance, so that is a big plus.

Quinton Lawman
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I knocked off a star simply because there was some interactions between characters which I didn't fully find believable. That being said, the book was pretty great, and I absolutely loved the concept. It's a good read, and the characters have a surprising amount of depth. I recommend it!
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a really enjoyable book. It was a lot of fun to listen to. The main character is funny, likable, and the story kept moving without any dull moments. This is my first book by Rob Dircks and I'm going to have to check out some of his other works.
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fun story all the way around with fabulous narration.
Alexander Cook
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another irreverant and unapologetic adventure from Rob Dircks. This is a great listen with some really authentic sociopaths for characters and some genuine moments of self reflections and discovery.
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible
I totally enjoyed this audible version of survivor/hunger games in space. Well narrated and engaging. I think this would be enjoyed by high schoolers and up.
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love this books as I do all of Rob’s books. Can’t wait to read the next one.
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Rob Dircks is the Audible bestselling author of Where the Hell is Tesla? and The Wrong Unit , and a member of SFWA (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America). His prior work includes the anti-self-help book Unleash the Sloth! 75 Ways to Reach Your Maximum Potential By Doing Less , and a drawerful of screenplays and short stories. Some of these sci-fi short stories appear on his original ...more