How to Mars
For the six lucky scientists selected by the Destination Mars! corporation, a one-way ticket to Mars—in exchan ...more
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The biggest rule is NO SEX! (because a baby conceived on the red planet is sure to be doomed) but good luck anyone could follow that rule so naturally the book opens with a pregnant Marsonaut. Oops!
I really liked 𝘏𝘰𝘸 𝘛𝘰 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘴. It was funny- sometimes ...more
How to Mars is David Ebenbach's first science fiction book. A news article about a now-defunct organization named Mars One that planned to send 12 people to Mars on a one-way trip sparked the idea for the novel. Ebenbach was interested in learning more about the concept, such as who would choose to do it, who would suggest it, and how the people who would be sent to Mars on the mission would live and prosper.
I'd like to express my gratitu ...more
*this book and me have been thru a lot..I need some time to reflect before doing any reviewing!”
*Update March 30, 2021*
This novel encompasses a journey and interestingly, reading the novel itself was a journey. It took me a month to read it, but I read it little by little. By the time I finished, I felt a sense of completion like the characters did. This has to be one of the most creative novels I've read. David put a lot of thought and effort into the structure and delivery of e ...more
DNF'd @ 25%
How to Mars by David Ebenbach is a book that I was really looking forward to reading. The concept sounded like a lot of fun with a reality show on Mars and all. Unfortunately, it didn't work out for me. I was expecting something much different than I actually ended up with. It reeled me in right away, but when I realized the story was going to primarily focus on an unexpected pregnancy it lost me pretty quickly. The sum ...more
After some of the recent talk about doing a reality show on Mars a few years ago, I couldn’t resist this book. Unfortunately the reality show felt forgotten and wasn’t as big of a part of the story as I’d been hoping ...more
I think I'd have liked it more if it was marketed more honestly; what I mean by that is that by reading the provided summary I assumed this story would be about a reality show on mars. The pregnancy really is the focal point of the story and having my expectations led otherwise ended up making me much more disappointed with the story than I might have been.
There were also some formatting ...more
While the idea of a woman being pregnant while ...more
It is a story of boredom, friendship, love, rebellion, challenges, gremlins, danger, and more.
It is heartfelt and funny and carefully crafted social science fiction.
It is HIGHLY recommended.
Fast forward a couple of years and Jenny is preggers.
Join our six “lucky” scientists as they continue to be bored, talk really slow, be socially awkward and mentally unstable. It’s truly a fun ride on Mars! Especially when all hell is breaking lose and Destination Mars! turns their lives into a television show once again.
I laughed hard while reading this book. However, I do believe this kind of ...more
How to Mars was a delightfully fun novel about a group of scientists stuck on Mars after their reality TV show doesn't do as well as planned. A few things are important to note about this novel before reading it: firstly, the author wrote the chapters as mostly standalone short stories. If you are looking for an epic sci-fi over-arching plot, you will not find it here. It reads ...more
After an arduous screening process, six scientists were selected for a one-way ticket to Mars where they would conduct research for the reality TV show following them. The handbook of the Destination Mars! corporation clearly stated repeatedly that intercourse between contestants is prohibited and pregnancy is not allowed. Nonethel ...more
With this premise, I was not really sure what I was embarking myself into. The cover made me think comedy, but the plot could have also been a potential horror story. (Imagine a pregnancy, with all the pregnancy issues... in Mars!) In the end, it was a light-hearted, quirky novel about some kind of smart but at ...more
On the one hand, I really enjoyed the originality of a group of people sent to Mars on a one-way trip as part of a Reality TV show. I thought the interactions between the characters with their different opinions, specializations, and interests were fun. I enjoyed exploring the life of isolation on the red planet through the point of view of each person living there. In addition, I was very entertained by the different formats of some chapte ...more
This was such and intriguing premise and I wanted to love it but I couldn't get into the writing style. The book is written like a serie ...more
"How to Mars" by David Ebenbach is a slightly irreverent, sometimes funny, and thought provoking novel about what it would be like to be one of six people chosen for a one-way trip to Mars paid for and featured by a reality television show. No, this is not a story about actual company "Mars One", it is a story about a fictional company called "Destination Mars!".
The story does have enough twists, ...more
We get a nice sample of the various points of view, interspersed with the fairly hilarious Destination Mars! h ...more
How to Mars follows 6 “mars-tronauts” how have been selected for a one-way trip to Mars. These 6 people, a combination of scientists, doctors, and engineers were selected and sent to Mars after a reality show stint that mimicked what life would be like on Mars. The book shows what happens when people stop being nice, and start being real. Just kidding. However, they are being filmed for a reality tv show that helps fund the Mars ...more
Some of it's told in first person by the father-to-be, some of it is in report-format by Jenny, the mother-to-be. Then there are third-person sections with the resident engineer who really doesn't like people and has started hearing voices telling him to do questionab ...more
There was a lot of narrative that was repeated several times. Part of the book was the Handbook that was cute, but unrealistic. There's a reality show aspect to it, but that angle of the book is never really explored.
Stephan was my favorite character, but his future is never told. The ending goes reall ...more
"What do YOU think it means?" I say. It's an old psychologist move, that one.”