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Blue Mars

(Mars Trilogy #3)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  23,784 ratings  ·  705 reviews
The final novel in Kim Stanley Robinson's massively successful and lavishly praised Mars trilogy. `The ultimate in future history' Daily Mail Mars has grown up It is fully terraformed - genetically engineered plants and animals live by newly built canals and young but stormy seas. It is politically independent. A brave and buzzing new world. Most of the First Hundred have ...more
Paperback, 786 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Voyager (first published 1996)
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Henry Avila
An independent Mars but not a peaceful one, Blue Mars, blue skies, a great , stormy, huge , Martian North Sea, of the same color, turning salty, fish swimming below, birds flying above, animals roaming around the land, majestic trees growing on beautiful hills, sparkling rivers gently flowing by, magnificent green vegetation everywhere on shore, dark clouds that cause showers to pour down, howling winds over 150 miles a hour, making powerful waves crash on pretty little fishing villages and reso ...more
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the hardest to rate of all three in the trilogy. Why? Because it's also the best in the trilogy.

Let's start at the beginning:
The final volume picks up shortly after the end of the second. There is another revolution, this one slightly more successful thanks to Earth being flooded with problems (see what I did there? ;P). However, violent outbursts such as the Reds firing missiles at the new elevator are thwarted. A delicate balance is established that, through the course of the book
Michael Finocchiaro
[SPOILERS POSSIBLE BELOW, however, if you have come this far in Robinson's Mars Trilogy, there is little here that is really all that surprising.]

So, I suppose I can be a bit more open and explicit about my likes and dislikes of the Mars Trilogy now that I finished Blue Mars.
Science Geekout - For my inner geek, there was certainly a lot to enjoy overall. The concept of terraforming (and in this last book, colonizing the rest of the accessible solar system), fusion technology for space tra
The first two novels in the Mars trilogy were pretty much a tight mix of colonization, politics, SO MUCH GREAT SCIENCE, and fairly interesting characterizations pretty much designed to carry the sprawling expanse of what MARS is more than anything else.

Let's put it this way, and careful, because here comes a spoiler, but...

Mars is the main character. :)

The third novel has relatively little action in it, but that's okay.

There's a new constitution being hammered out for the fascinating experiment
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review of Blue Mars is in fact a review of the entire trilogy, since it's one continuous story -- one that altogether weighs in at something around 2,300 pages. I've been living on Mars for the last 3 months and wish that, if it were possible, I could actually live there, at least the Mars portrayed in these books. It's certainly not a series for everybody -- all those lots of pages are filled with lots of science, lots of politics and political theory, and lots of philosophy.

However, for

Christmas 2010: I realised that I had got stuck in a rut. I was re-reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works. Something had to be done.

On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci-Fi award. That’s 35 books, 6 of which I’d previously read, leaving 29 titles by 14 authors who were new to me.

While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
¿Alguien sabe dónde reparten los premios por haber terminado la trilogía?
¿No? ¿Nadie? ¿Me la he leído para nada?

De verdad que admiro el trabajo del autor. Esta trilogía es un verdadero compendio de todos los saberes de la humanidad extrapolados a una futura terraformación en Marte y el Sistema Solar. Tal vez dentro de décadas se demostrará que Robinson es un visionario y estaba en lo cierto con todo lo que describió.
Pero de momento, a abril de 2018, es un verdadero coñazo de libro.
Me he encont
Mar 19, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: My worst enemy.
The science is great. I don't agree with all of it, but who am I to say? I would equate his use of science as a literary device to Asimov, except Robinson uses science that is reasonable within humanities grasp. The science is the real strength of this book and series. It is outstanding.

His moving from character to character throughout all three books worked well. No points lost there.

The real problem with this series and especially this book was that, even though parts of it were fascinating, p
Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy is a glorious beast. It is one of the most extraordinary science fiction epics I have ever read. Vast and complex and meticulously researched, character-driven but interplanetary in scope, gritty, political, beautiful, inventive, and always surprising. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me shiver in awe.

So why only three stars for Blue Mars, the final installment?


Blue Mars is set after the colonization struggles of Red Mars and the political uph
Feb 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: maps, science-fiction
"Here we are." A genre, if not a literary tour de force. Blue Mars concludes nearly 2000 pages of Robinson's middle 1990s future history of the settling and development of Mars. While Robinson strays close to the border of ridiculous social commentary a la Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, most readers will identify his monumental achievement chronicling the physics, chemistry, biology--and, yes, even the psychology and politics of his brave new world.

That said, Robinson cut
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There’s something of ‘after the lord mayor’s parade’ about this volume. After the revolution of the last volume, I was hoping for something of civil war in this. For the bulk of the narrative though it’s just a lot of characters figuring out what Mars means to them; which although well written, lacks a certain drama. For instance, there’s a long section about blight attacking the potato crop of one of the major characters. Now, if you were actually farming on Mars, that's no doubt a problem whic ...more
Cathy (cathepsut)
Every now and then I stumble across a truly inspired book. This is one of them. One of three, actually, as it is the last in a trilogy, starting with “Red Mars” and continuing with “Green Mars”. Colonists come to Mars and transform it into a liveable world, while trying not to make the same mistakes as Earth did. Beautifully written, great characterisations. Mars comes to life, it’s almost like reading poetry. I felt really bad after finishing it, because I had to part with this great story.
This review was written in the late nineties (just for myself), and it was buried in amongst my things until today, when I uncovered the journal it was written in. I have transcribed it verbatim from all those years ago (although square brackets indicate some additional information for the sake of readability). It is one of my lost reviews.

This volume of the Mars Trilogy departs from its predecessors in one tremendous leap -- this is a work of philosophy and politics before it is a story. And th
Mar 25, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Back in my drinking days, I would occasionally wake up next to someone I was sorry to find there, but I would still make them breakfast out of some sense of obligation. Misplaced empathy; too-long-delayed sobriety; vestigial chivalry; call it what you will. Reading Blue Mars was a lot like one of those breakfasts. I had enjoyed myself with book one and part of book two; this was just playing out the string. After I got rid of the novel, I lost its phone number and went to different bars for a co ...more
Genia Lukin
More than a review of the book itself, this is a brief review of the whole trilogy.

In Red Mars robinson sends his crew of highly-cold-war-themed characters to the Promised La-- I mean, to Mars, where humanity can begin a new era of terraforming, colonization, and all-around awesomeness. But as soon as they arrive there, the colonists, all of them Spacefaring Badasses (except the radical Christian) decide that they wish to establish a New and Utopic Society, and that they deserve, nay, are oblige
Megan Baxter
I just don't even know where to start with this book. There are so many parts of it that aggravated me nearly to the point of distraction, and then there would be a part that was pretty good, and then there would be frustration again, and sometimes I'd want to tear characters out of the book and throttle them. Is it really that bad? Or is it just that I am far too aggravated by what is really a defining feature of many of Robinson's characters in many of his books?

Note: The rest of this review h
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This final part ends one of the most complex sci-fi series I have ever read. The accent here is put on the development of the natives, their society and also on the their relationship with Earth and the new colonized planets.

It is not a light read, however, the way KSR imagined the development on Mars is highly interesting, with the focus not on action but on characters, which are analyzed in great detail.

Some will find it boring, but it depends on what your expectations are: if you expect great
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The characters of The Mars series are much like Martian volcanoes: flat and shallow at first glance, with little expectation beyond the short horizon. But the horizon deceives, and that gradual slope in development results in a surge that extends miles into the atmosphere. That surge occurs in this third installment, Blue Mars, and leaves the reader gaping into the enormous depths of jagged human emotions.

It’s not that KSR intended for his characters to appear two-dimensional in the first instal
Robin Wiley
Mar 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, life-changer
For me, this trilogy is one of those life-changing books - something you talk about, and think about years later. If we ever go to Mars - this is the way it should be done. For those of you not familiar with Kim Stanley Robinson, his science is so grounded in real, hard, current science - it's called future history.

For those of you scared of sci-fi being too boring - much like that physics class you hated - relax. Robinson gives you the basic idea, without pages to describe just how a particula
Rachel (Kalanadi)
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Ivan Lutz
Feb 18, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Prva knjiga koju sam ostavio iz ruku u životu jer nisam imao više živaca.. puž je za ovu radnju flash!
Feb 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I read my friend Trish's review on Goodreads ( and found myself agreeing with her on a lot of it, but she liked it more than I did. I find it to be a far superior review and won't waste my time or yours when you can simply read hers.

Perhaps it is because I didn't read the second? Also many of the characters from Red Mars were dead and I didn't like their bratty offspring. The hippie-dippy political/economics world view coupled in with completely odd bits
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Mars is free now. We're on our own. No one tells us what to do."
- Opening lines of Blue Mars

(See a longer, more philosophical version of this review on my blog)

Blue Mars confirms it: Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy has ascended to my personal pantheon of science fiction series. It's up there with Frank Herbert's Dune series, Isaac Asimov's Foundation series, Octavia Butler's Earthseed Duology, Ursula Le Guin's Hainish Cycle, and the Culture series of Iain M. Banks. Like these other masterpi
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great triology! Thank you very much, Kim Stanley Robinson.
Your books about Mars will stay in my mind a long long time. Maybe forever.
Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, fiction, sci-fi
Quite frankly, it's been a while since I've been this glad to finally finish a book. The first two books in this trilogy had, as I've mentioned, reasonably compelling plotlines that were bogged down in extraneous detail. This one had the same level of detail, but less plot. It suffered from something I find tends to happen in stories of vast and epic scope: lack of cohesive direction, which becomes particularly noticeable as you get toward the end and you can't identify a clear endpoint toward w ...more
Aug 30, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Red/Green Mars
Warning: May contain spoilers from Red/Green Mars.

The final chapter in the saga of Martian colonization is by far the weakest. You'll probably want to read it if you read the first two, just to round out the story, but it's not the most exciting read, and doesn't really give the resolution you might hope for.

The book starts out near the end of the second Martial revolution. This time, the good guys won, or are about to win. The war was relatively (but not entirely) non-violent, and the Martians
W.R. Edmunds
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think that I have read this series in its entirety six times. In my opinion, any astronaut or colonist who leaves earth for Mars should be required to read this series. Between my fascination with sci-fi and Mars, combined with some top-notch character development/interaction along with some really great socioeconomic theory (no where near as boring as it sounds) this is my most favourite series, hands down.

One thing that I have always enjoyed about KSR's writing is the attention he puts into
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've loved this series. I find it just incredibly hopeful for the future of mankind--with all our foibles and faults--and for the possibilities that getting off this rock would open up to us. But I also love the way in which age functions in these books, and how Robinson imagines what a sudden boon in longevity would mean for us, both culturally and individually. So much of what's imagined here feels possible, if not probable (as is always for me the case with Robinson's work). Get me to Mars. I ...more
Robinson cierra la trilogía sobre Marte de manera brillante. Las ideas de este hombre parecen no tener fin. Es casi como si hubiese viajado al futuro para volver y contarnos lo que ha visto. Apasionante.
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, science-fiction
review to come :)
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Kim Stanley Robinson is an American science fiction writer, probably best known for his award-winning Mars trilogy.

His work delves into ecological and sociological themes regularly, and many of his novels appear to be the direct result of his own scientific fascinations, such as the 15 years of research and lifelong fascination with Mars which culminated in his most famous work. He has, due to his

Other books in the series

Mars Trilogy (3 books)
  • Red Mars (Mars Trilogy, #1)
  • Green Mars (Mars Trilogy, #2)
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