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Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite
Mars Away by Jeff Christopher Leonard introduces us to Devin Xyear and the amazing world he lives in. Devin's family has always stated that they would never go to Mars. When the 2050 ship filled with colonists and all the supplies they will need to survive arrives, Devin couldn't care less. He has a fantastic career as a NASCAR champion and plans to stay firmly planted on Earth. Unfortunately when he gets into trouble with the law, Devin is sent to Mars and given a special mission. Earth is dying and will no longer be able to support life. Devin, the fearless NASCAR driver, will have to navigate Olympus Mons and set off a bomb; this is what scientists say will make the planet work with human life. Can he do what he is tasked with and become a hero who is allowed to return to Earth? Or will he fail, dooming those on planet Earth to their fate when the planet dies, and dooming himself to remain on Mars?
This is probably the most unique book I have read in 2016, and I loved it. There have been many different books about Mars and how people could live there or were stranded there, but this one seems to breathe fresh life into the story. Who would have thought a NASCAR driver would be the linchpin in a plan to save human life? Devin is an interesting character and my first thought of him was simply that, oh yeah, he is a typical NASCAR driver. He is fearless and more than a little cocky, but once on Mars things begin to change. Wouldn't you feel a change in you if you were on an alien planet and had to help to save the people on Earth? I don't want to give too much of the plot away, but this is an action packed book that keeps you riveted. Jeff Christopher Leonard knows how to spin a fantastic yarn. I can't wait to read more.