Hugo: Green Mars (1994)

Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
Read April 1, 2010 – May 1, 2010

Premise: The second in a trilogy, the novel follows the same group of characters from Red Mars, their children, and some newcomers as they feud over terraforming and Martian independence from Earth.

Verdict: I loved this novel even more than the first one, although that’s probably because I loved the characters from the first one so much that I was ecstatic to see them back. This book very skillfully builds off of the social structures established in the first novel and adds in the perspectives and desires of people born and raised on Mars, as well as new immigrants, and military forces that are in place after the first Martian revolution. Robinson also uses this novel to develop the flatter characters of the previous book—who were more staunch representatives of opposing or controversial positions—into open and dimensional beings. I love the simple and informative explanations of actual scientific principal as it applies to Mars in the novel, and I adore the construction of new social orders that strive to better the human condition, but my favorite thing about these books is the complex and insightful way that Robinson portrays human relationships with free indirect discourse expressing the thoughts and desires of the people directly to the readers as if they are feeling it themselves. I could hardly put this novel down because I was so caught up in trying to organize the discordant groups of Mars that I forgot that humans haven’t even set foot on the planet yet—I was pretty sure that I was there!

Can’t stop to talk—must read the next one!

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