Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
Read May 1, 2010 – May 6, 2010
Premise: The third and final novel in the Mars Trilogy and absolutely worth reading the other two to get to—they are all spectacular but they all lead up to this one which, I feel, makes reading the first two worth it no matter how long you think they are.
Verdict: I get so caught up in all three of these novels that I forget 1.) I do not live on Mars, I live on Earth 2.) nobody lives on Mars—no one has even set foot on Mars 3.) I am not nor ever will be the various characters, even though I feel like I am. The entire series is so intricate and so large-scale and grandiose that I am just in awe and yet it’s so intimate and personable with the characters that you keep reading, even through the really technical mathematical scientific descriptions, just because you know that’s the nature of the characters and you want to know what happens with them. I just don’t know what else to say about this whole series. I know that I adored the first one, the second one was even better as far as character and such went—I guess simply because it was all the same people and still took them in really great directions. But for a conclusion, you cannot get better than this one. I’m still having trouble remembering that I am not on Mars, I’m on Earth. I can’t bring myself back out of it. I highly recommend this entire trilogy.
Go to the library, go to the bookstore, order them to your Kindle—whatever. But read these books.