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You're Going to Mars!

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  758 ratings  ·  120 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
Audible Audio, 11 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
Jul 21, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 1audio
Super excited to have snagged this as an Audible daily deal today! Heads up for anyone who likes a dose of silly with their sci-fi -- Rob Dircks writes some pretty funny books! ...more
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, audiobook
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
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...
Mike (the Paladin)
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pretty good little book. We get a picture of a future here that is pretty dismal for a lot of us humans. The Constution seems to have been allowed to run off the road badly by a crooked government that's obviously in the pocket of some powerful crime families...

Any more and I'll be in spoiler territory here. Suffice it to say that our story revolves around a young woman who dreams of going to Mars but is among a group of people who's rights have basically been stolen away and who would ordinaril
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
Stephen Richter
Got this after a friend's recommendation and Audible having an end of the year rewind of all their Daily Deals sale. A breezy tale of a chance to go to Mars by being one of the lucky ones to win a chance to go on a game show whose winner gets to be the first humans on Mars. A nice " If things keep going the way things are right now, this is are future" Combine the enjoyable books Have Space Suit—Will Travel with Space Opera and you will have the bones of this tale. the narration of the audiobook ...more
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
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, audible, 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
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fun coming of age story.
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is sooo cheesy and gets soo cliché at times but I had such a great time listening to it! It's such a guilty pleasure for me! Yes, it gets superr hunger games-y but I don't know, I had a great time. Also, very well narrated. ...more
David Allatt
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun read. Enjoyed the world and characters that made the story interesting. Recommended.
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
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Damn, Rob Dircks can write! I have loved just about everything he's written and eagerly await the release of anything new. 'You're Going to Mars!" takes place is the nearly distant dystopian future. Huge mega corporations have acquired land, vast tracts of land, Staten Island for example. They've turned these places into their own fiefdoms separate and detached from the laws of the countries that surround them. The residents are permanent indentured servants, contracts were signed giving the com ...more
Riley Brooks
Jul 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
I was a bit hesitant on reading this book at first. I don't typically pick up books that fall more towards the sci-fi and space related topics. Also the whole game show aspect. You can find so many book similar to Hunger Games, where you have a competition but so many people have to die and suffer. There seems to be more bloodshed than actual competitions between the contestants. This competition is more like Willy Wonk's chocolate race and the TV show Survivor met up and made a show. It would b ...more
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
Shondale Jones
Mar 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its a good challenging book.

If Big Brother meet NASA and had a Survivor baby... It would be this book. No aliens, or spacehip crazy stuff but its very scientific, it may have you googl8ng a few things while trying to figure out the mysterious plotter(s) and some weirs fsmily dynamics.

I was only annoyed at the very end because I wanted to know one thing sbout the MC in the end but they disnt touch on it...then again... I think they didnt go into that because... She's a Filler and no matter what.
Matthew Wentworth
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it
I've seen reviews calling this a mix between "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "The Hunger Games", but I think that that is inaccurate.

I would say that "You're Going to Mars" is a ridiculously rushed attempt to meld "Ender's Game" with "Ready Player One".

At the end of the day, the novel has too many characters, rushes and stumbles its way through the "competition" stage of the story, and sprints through the ending like there was a deadline to meet; all of which is too bad because the pre
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I quite enjoyed this book, the story, most of the characters and just the writing and flow of it. I was up all night and listened to this, and really liked it.
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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I think I owe this one a little review, given that I've only awarded it 2 stars.

I seem to have a weird relationship with Rob Dircks, I absolutely loved The Wrong Unit, kind-of enjoyed Where the Hell is Tesla? but I absolutely did not like You're Going to Mars!. Let me tell you why, because your mileage may vary.

1. Story

This one might be down to me having the wrong mindset going in, but I was expecting more space-faring sci-fi and less dystopian game-shows. This entire story read like a cotton ca
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm really upset this story is over. To me it was perfect! It had everything I look for in a book. Thank you so much Rob Dircks for this heart warming story! I am going to miss Paper so much. ...more
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This audiobook was quite funny. The plot is pretty easy to figure out, but the characters are really interesting. They're a strange bunch, and I liked getting to know them. ...more
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love books like this. The fun and joyful ride through this story is filled with whimsical and magical moments. It has a very clear plot and throws in the occasional left turn plot twist that you don't see coming. But, what I like most of all about books like this is how the author ties in everything with wonderful, sweet, tender moments. It's these heartfelt moments that give life to the characters. This book is like a piece of tasty candy and I can't wait to have another bite. ...more
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
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sfbc_tbr_2019
"Fun, fun, fun!" The main character in this book is amazing. I very much enjoyed following along on her unlikely journey. I would probably have rated the book 4-star, not 5, based on some improbable plot turns and a tendency towards melodrama (so much so that we were calling this book "You're Going to Die!" by the time we got near the end) but the narrator for this book is so good. She made an already fine book come alive. ...more
Ole Andreasen
Mar 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ole
Average book. Absolutely readable, or listenable as I was on the audiobook version. Juust a bit too predictable though.

I managed it to the end. and that´s OK.
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 (Pa ...more
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