Last Day on Mars (Chronicle of the Dark Star)
by Kevin Emerson
Review by Gayle Surrette
Walden Pond Press Kindle Edition ISBN/ITEM#: 9780062306715
Date: 14 February 2017
The Earth's sun is expanding. The population has moved out from Earth to Mars, the belt, and beyond. Over the years, large ships have begun the journey to a newly found habitable planet or rather habitable with some terraforming. On Mars, the domed cities have been closing as people leave on the ships for their new home. Now the final dome is clearing out and the last ship leaves soon.
Liam Saunders-Chang will be leaving at the last minute practically with his parents who are running some final simulations necessary gain data to terraform their new home. Phoebe, one of his best friends from school, is also waiting on her parents who work with Liam's to finish their work. Another friend, as well as Liam's older sister, are already aboard the ship that will carry them out of the solar system.
Liam and Phoebe have been crossing off things they've been wanting to do before they leave Mars. In the process they make an incredible discovery, take part in a rescue mission, avoid death more than once, and hope to eventually make it to safety. The decisions they make and the secrets they share will impact more than just their own lives.
I had some severe problems with the logic of this story, but since it was consistent within the context of the story it is distracting, but not overshadowing the main plot. Liam and Phoebe are interesting and believable--however many of the incidents that happen to them are the result of coincidences to the point of incredulity.
The characters, setting, and plot working together will keep you reading to find out what happens next because the flow is fast paced and the writing clear and crisp. There will be more books in the series and hopefully, once we learn more, some of the strangeness of The Last Day on Mars will begin to shape the readers understanding of how various other events fit together.