on Oct. 27, 2012 :
Another good one by this author! He's become my favorite author. Please keep on writing, I love your books!
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
on Feb. 13, 2011 :
I've had this novel sitting on my computer for awhile now, had been saving it for this challenge and also for when I got my Kindle. For some reason, it didn't show up when I transfered it initially, but once it was there, I launched right into it and devoured it in a couple of days! Here is the blurb from Amazon:
The dream that was Mars has become a nightmare for the children born there.
Asher Radescu was the last human to come to Mars, but he didn't find the romance and adventure he craved. Instead, he lives in a truck delivering supplies to frontier habs and secretly builds neural clones to keep civilization from collapsing. When an android bounty hunter discovers that Asher is one of the people responsible for the dangerous cloning technology, the entire population of Mars is threatened with annihilation. With the help of underground cloners, resurrected colonists, android defectors, and one gorgeous racing celebrity, Asher must end the first war on Mars before the violence consumes them all.
Doesn't that sound fun?? Well, it IS. I think the world building for this book is fabulous - I can really picture life on Mars as Lewis has imagined it. I love that the characters aren't inherently good or evil; they have pasts, they have made mistakes, they are all just people.
There are humans, clones, and androids. All sentient, all intelligent beings - but what makes someone a person? Where is the line? I love this question and stories which bring it up, and I enjoyed how Lewis dealt with it in his book. In the same way that his characters are all a little grimy, so are the distinctions between the three beings in the book.
There is a lot of action in this book including car chases and fights, lots to get you pumping, and people die. I love it when an author doesn't shy away from killing of characters when the story line calls for it. It makes perfect sense in the world Lewis has created and I appreciate that a lot.
This is a great read. Fast, and gritty, and engaging and just plain fun (in a violent kind of way). I gave it 5 stars on goodreads, as I believe in rating up when you'd give half a star. It definitely fell somewhere between 'it was really good' (4 stars) and 'it was amazing' (5 stars) for me.
(reviewed 90 days after purchase)
on Feb. 4, 2011 :
This was an extremely well written book and I enjoyed it very much. Normally I read through books in two days, but this one I took almost a full week.
Each character is unique and complex. They each make you think. No one character is completely in the right or in the wrong and that's exactly what I love to read.
The tech side of this also comes across as very authentic. It's clear that the author has done his research and knows what he's talking about.
But the story of the various characters is what pulled me in and kept me reading.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)
on Dec. 27, 2010 :
Heirs of Mars
I was given a copy of this novel by the author for review. It is set in the future on Mars and although this is science fiction, there are several elements of the story that people can relate to today. The main one being the ethics of cloning. There are the humans that believe that cloning is essential for the survival of life on Mars since there are too many professionals that are dying as a result of the ongoing war with robots—who, interestingly see the clones as a threat to their existence. Then there are the humans that don’t accept the clones as individuals with equal rights.
I had a bit of difficulty keeping up in certain parts because of the number of characters, and at some points it was difficult to tell the protagonists from the villains, but it did not prevent me from enjoying this story.
(reviewed 46 days after purchase)
on Dec. 17, 2010 :
Excellent Science Fiction story concerning the struggles of Humans, Clones and Robots on a partially terraformed Mars.
I highly recommend reading the short stories "To Reign in Heaven", and "To Serve in Hell", before starting the main book.
I look forward to reading more from the author!
(reviewed 33 days after purchase)
on Dec. 13, 2010 :
A compelling story, well-told. It wasn't perfect. Damn near, but not. There were a few editorial oopsies, but I don't hold those against it. There were a few scenes that bumped me out of the dream and some continuity glitches, but it lost that fifth star at the end. Lewis seemed to decide that the story was over so he should cut bait and go home, but I thought the end was too sudden and distant. I didn't feel it, as I did the rest of the book.
Still, it's a brilliant book. Lewis has two short stories set in the same world, prior to the action in the novel. Guess who downloaded them both?
(reviewed 35 days after purchase)
on Nov. 7, 2010 :
The story is told in an interesting way, through different POV of the characters. Rotating the POV through the Characters as they interact with each other in the harsh environment of Mars. And it works. The characters develop nicely, and without giving anything away, there're more than a few surprises.
The action moves swiftly and because it is described from the different POV gives an interesting perspective on how each of the three "types" of characters are discriminated against or believe that they are wronged. Characters are divided into three types; Humans, clones and Mechs. Each of these groups has their heroes and villains.
The book deals with complex subjects but, maybe because of the action, they flow well and are easily understandable. Kept me thinking about the story after I had finished it. Hope there's a sequel it was a good read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)