Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Journey Between Worlds” as Want to Read:
Journey Between Worlds
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Journey Between Worlds

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  144 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Eighteen-year-old Melinda Ashley never wanted to go to Mars. She had her life all planned out - marry Ross and become a teacher. but when her estranged father convinces her to take an interplanetary vacation, she finds herself tempted to leave behind her comfortable existence on Earth. Mars isn't at all what she expected, and when she meets Alex Preston, a second-generatio ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 18th 2006 by Putnam (first published January 1st 1970)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Journey Between Worlds, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Journey Between Worlds

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
Dec 19, 2007 marked it as written  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
The original hardcover edition of this book was published by Atheneum in 1970. An updated hardcover edition was published by Putnam in 2006, and was reprinted in paperback by Firebird in 2007. Some of the reviews here commenting on outdated technology and/or old-fashioned attitudes of the heroine evidently refer to the 1970 edition, which is still in some libraries and used book stores. Please read only the later editions!

There were two or three ebook editions issued by Firebird/Penguin in 2007
Dec 25, 2015 rated it liked it
I got a copy of the 2006 hardcover edition with an absolutely crazy-sauce, cartoony cover that I adore. It's worth the cost of the book alone. It does not represent the book's contents though which are far more classic.

In her Afterward to this edition, the author notes she was surprised that aside from a few scientific updates the biggest changes that she had to edit for when updating her 1970 original for this edition were the consequences of late 20th century feminism. As she puts it, "modern
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Lynn Crow for

Melinda doesn't want to go to Mars. Why leave Earth when everything humans are meant to enjoy is there? But when her father, whom she's only seen sporadically over the last ten years, asks her to join him on a business trip to one of the Mars colonies after she graduates from high school, she can't bring herself to refuse him. Little does she know her months on Mars will change the way she thinks about life, love, and humanity.

Dec 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
It was really good. I find myself reading it over and over on some days. It just needs aliens.
Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a difficult one to rate. I can't say I particularly enjoyed it, but it's hard to separate my opinions from the fact that this was written FIFTY YEARS ago. And while spaceship/space colonization romance books are common now, was there even a sci-fi YA romance before this book? I almost think not? But it's hard not to compare it to similar modern books, which are heavier on the plot and action (plus way more smooches).
This is my least favorite of Sylvia Engdahl's books. The outcome is foreshadowed so much that there is no suspense about how it will turn out. The main characters are tw0-dimensional.
I liked some of the others (Paul, Kathy, Alicia) better than Melinda and Alex.
Roman Antonio’s review:

This novel will appeal to a variety of teens. The novel is a first person narrative which puts reader’s right into the thoughts and ambitions of Melinda Ashley, a recent high school graduate who thinks she knows what she wants in life. Melinda receives a roundtrip ticket to Mars from her father but there’s one catch, she doesn’t want to go. Melinda says all she wants is to become a teacher and marry her boyfriend Ross, but after an argument ensues with Ross, Melinda decide
Sep 19, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
This takes place in a future where Earth has started colonizing Mars. It's still experimental, so most people on Earth don't ever expect, or want, to travel to Mars, and future funding is tenuous. Melinda has always planned to marry her high school boyfriend and live on the Oregon coast. But her father is going to Mars for several months, and he wants her to go with him, so she puts her plans on hold.

There have been people on Mars long enough that children born to the first homesteaders are now
Barbara Gordon
May 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
The good stuff: I quite liked the cover illustration, by Craig Phillips, which has a sort of Nausicaa/Moebius feel to it, very suitable. The book was an easy read, reminiscent of those 1960s career guides for girls that were disguised as novels. Only instead of becoming a tour guide at the UN or a fashion illustrator while finding love and possibly solving a mystery, Melinda emigrates to Mars.
The not-so-good stuff: The gender politics are firmly of their time. Melinda doesn't have much agency, a
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've read Science Fiction for a long time but haven't encountered much YA SF until recently. This book is now one of my favorites. It does explain some science: gravity, spaceflight, Mars conditions etc. But it mostly deals with how people live, act and react in these different future conditions and locations. I loved how the story showed that our point of view and preferences are largely based on what we've been exposed to so far in our life. Melinda has to deal with new things, ideas, people a ...more
Bought this because I met the author on MySpace and liked the cover. Yes, they say never judge a book by a cover, but there you go.

I started reading this but only got to chapter 5 or so before putting it down. While it was well-written and fun, I didn't really like the anachronistic attitude the narrator's love interest had towards women in general and her in particular. I felt this dated the book, even though I read the author's note which said the book had been re-edited to make it more curren
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Well that was kind of terrible. And as a fan of Heinlein juveniles, it didn't have to be. Sure it was apparently written originally before 1969 and only marginally updated. But the action of the main character, a young lady who really lived to attach herself to some guy, was just plain annoying. Which was too bad because the back text of the rest of the book, dealing with the motivations behind colonizing Mars were almost as good as I would have expected from Engdahl. Though to be fair some of t ...more
Susan Henn
Feb 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
2-2013 From the author who wrote, "This Star Shall Abide" – a sci-fi classic full of deep philosophy and psychology, comes this trite YA romance novel. It looks to be one of the author’s earliest books (written in the mid 60’s and published in 1970). If the reader is expecting a YA romance, it is a decent read. The author argues for space exploration being humanity’s salvation as the backdrop to the story.
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: not sure - hopelessly romantic girls
Shelves: sciencefiction, ya
I had trouble empathizing with Melinda. She just seemed too clueless, and spineless.

Melinda has her first fight with her fiance when she goes to Mars with her father. There she keeps putting her foot wrong by assuming everybody thinks Earth is better.
Jul 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
re-read Feb 14
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it

It was a fine book...
Missie Kay
May 24, 2013 rated it liked it
In Which Some Books Are Not Bad, But Also Not That Good:
Dec 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
when I was young, I was obsessed about Space! - I found it in my middle school library and I fell in love. This is a great read :)
Oct 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen-books
I found Melinda to be not very likable as a character, but still a solid book.
rated it liked it
Mar 03, 2008
rated it it was amazing
Jun 17, 2009
rated it liked it
Sep 25, 2016
rated it did not like it
Jun 26, 2015
Karin Rosner
rated it liked it
Jul 24, 2011
Kristin Nitz
rated it liked it
May 07, 2008
rated it it was amazing
Nov 30, 2011
rated it it was amazing
Aug 24, 2012
Tsagaanaa (Shinee)
rated it really liked it
Aug 24, 2009
rated it liked it
May 18, 2011
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Green Book
  • Sandwriter (Sandwriter, #1)
  • Spacer and Rat
  • Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars
  • Singing the Dogstar Blues
  • Interstellar Pig (Interstellar Pig #1)
  • Earthseed (Seed #1)
  • Children of Morrow
  • Up Against It
  • City of Darkness
  • The Dragon Hoard
  • Sleeper Code (Sleeper Conspiracy, #1)
  • Return from Witch Mountain
  • The Color of Rain
  • And All Between (Green Sky, #2)
  • Riders of the Storm (Stratification, #2)
  • Whales on Stilts (Pals in Peril, #1)
  • Living Hell
Although she is best known as an author for Young Adults, Sylvia Engdahl's most recent novels, the Hidden Flame duology (Stewards of the Flame and Promise of the Flame) and the Rising Flame duology (Defender of the Flame and Herald of the Flame) are not YA books and are not appropriate for middle-school readers. These two duologies are quite different from each other and some readers prefer the se ...more
More about Sylvia Engdahl

Fantasy & Science Fiction Deals

  • Paradise Lost (The Vampire Diaries; Evensong, #1)
    $3.99 $0.99
  • Obsidian Curse (A Stacy Justice Mystery #5)
    $5.99 $1.99
  • A History of Glitter and Blood
    $13.99 $1.99
  • Bloodstone (A Stacy Justice Mystery, #2)
    $5.99 $1.99
  • Steeplejack (Steeplejack #1)
    $8.51 $2.99
  • Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond
    $3.99 $0.99
  • The Song of Achilles
    $11.74 $1.99
  • Kushiel's Dart (Phèdre's Trilogy, #1)
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Black Tuesday (Time Patrol)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)
    $7.80 $2.99
  • The Rogue Queen (The Hundredth Queen, #3)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Cloaked in Red
    $3.99 $0.99
  • Warrior's Revenge
    $4.49 $1.99
  • Fire and Bone (Otherborn, #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Pale Queen Rising (Pale Queen, #1)
    $3.99 $0.99
  • Emerald Isle (A Stacy Justice Mystery #4)
    $5.99 $1.99
  • The Elven
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Children of the New World
    $9.99 $3.99
  • The Best of Robert E. Howard: Crimson Shadows (Volume 1)
    $13.99 $2.99
  • The Romeo Catchers (The Casquette Girls #2)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Graveyard Book, Volume 1
    $8.99 $1.99
  • The Devil in Silver
    $11.99 $1.99
  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)
    $7.99 $2.99
  • I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Shadow Hunt (Disrupted Magic, #3)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Last Girl (The Dominion Trilogy, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Quantum Thief (The Jean le Flambeur Series, #1)
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles, #3)
    $7.80 $2.99
  • Starship Grifters (Rex Nihilo #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Fields of Fire (Frontlines, #5)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Darwin Elevator (Dire Earth Cycle, #1)
    $2.99 $0.99
  • The Country of Ice Cream Star
    $8.74 $1.99
  • Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2)
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Cottingley Secret
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Blood Gamble (Disrupted Magic, #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Curiosity
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Virtual Light
    $7.99 $1.99
  • A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers, #2)
    $9.99 $2.99
“It's like parents choosing to raise their own standard of living rather than to provide for the future of their kids. You wouldn't consider that very admirable would you?” 0 likes
More quotes…