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    Good but it could've been so much better

    It's a fabulous concept and story. Elma as a character is both sympathetic and heroic and the author really does a great job of tethering things so that it feels real when they're in the ship. The problem for me, i think, is that's where it stops. This is a very AMERICAN story. The heroic characters are Americans, indeed the main 'antagonist' is South African and none of his compatriots feel anything other than 2 dimensional. Most of the characters given any depth are American. For a mission that's supposedly about saving the whole human race, the rest of the world feels very much removed. Even the first ships sent to Mars are given names tied to American history. Even countries with actual longstanding ties to the space program are forgotten. Like i said, this is a great story and an easy read, but for those of us who aren't American, it feels like we're being left behind in favour of the United States of Mars.

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