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Marsbound by Joe Haldeman
Cover Artist: Fred Gambino
Review by Paul Haggerty
Ace Hardcover Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780441015955
Date: 05 August 2008 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Carmen Dula, her parents, and her younger brother, are all off to Mars. Mom and Dad won the Science Lottery, but Carmen and Card had to give up a year of Saturday's studying to pass, or perhaps scam would be the better term, the psychological screening exams. And now they get to give up five years (six if you count travel time back and forth) stranded on a totally boring, dead planet. For an eighteen year old girl, this is not what she had planned for her life. But there's the sexy ship captain and the whole romance aspect of The Red Planet. Surely things can't be as bad as she fears.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Young Carmen Dula and her family are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime—they're going to Mars.

Once on the Red Planet, however, Carmen realizes things are not so different from Earth. There are chores to do, lessons to learn, and oppressive authority figures to rebel against. And when she ventures out into the bleak Mars landscape alone one night, a simple accident leads her to the edge of death until she is saved by an angel—an angel with too many arms and legs, a head that looks like a potato gone bad, and a message for the newly arrived human inhabitants of Mars:

We were here first.

(Source: Ace Hardcover)

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