Curiosity's Mission on Mars: Exploring the Red Planet
by Ron Miller
Review by Gayle Surrette
21st Century Books Library Binding ISBN/ITEM#: 9781467710879
Date: 01 January 2014 List Price $33.26 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Over the years, I've found that the best way to get up to speed on a new subject is to seek out nonfiction written for older children and young adults. The best of the works in this category don't talk down to their audience and explain things simply and concisely without assuming prior knowledge of the subject. It's that last bit that's important because these books will give you the knowledge you need that those writing for an adult audience tend to assume you already know.
Curiosity's Mission on Mars: Exploring the Red Planet is a great book to get an overview of our fascination with the planet Mars, previous missions to study the planet, and the potential advantages that would result from having settlement on Mars or from terraforming the planet. There's also a section on the landscape and scientific findings for possible life on Mars.
The book is clearly written with many explanatory sidebars and a decent Glossary as well as Source Notes and a Selected Bibliography for further reading (this includes many books targeted for adult audiences), as well as links for finding more information.
I've been interested in Mars for years and, while I had a fairly broad understanding of the what's been done and what's in the pipeline for Mars, I did learn a couple of new bits of information. The writing is engaging and informative without being overly simplistic. This is definitely a good book for a young person (or an adult) who'd like to learn more about Mars and the past, present, and possible future missions to the red planet. The Bibliography alone is worth the price of the book for the list of books that anyone seriously interested in Mars should at least be familiar with if not read from cover to cover.