Book Review: Finding Life on Mars by Jason Dias

Posted April 19, 2019 by lomeraniel in Audiobooks, Review, Science-Fiction / 0 Comments

Book Review: Finding Life on Mars by Jason DiasFinding Life on Mars: A novel of isolation by Jason Dias
Narrator: Jennifer Jill Araya
Published by Self-published on 02-11-19
Genres: Science-Fiction
Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audiobookworm
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Overal Rating: three-half-stars

It's Jaye's 21st birthday, but since she was raised on Mars, it passes just like every other day: harvesting mushrooms from the grow room, tending her fellow Trueborn Children of Mars, and stalking her murderous, neurotypical father.

Until a message comes from Earth--an Earth they thought was lifeless. Apparently one man still draws breath, and he's a maniac with the launch codes for a nuclear missile in Martian orbit.

Jaye must work with her father or everyone dies - including her own daughter. And she needs more than just survival. She needs a reason to live.

Finding Life on Mars tells the story of the last men alive, who traveled to Mars escaping from a devastated Earth. The second generation, or true born, as the ones born in Mars are known, have very different behavioral and cognitive patterns than the ones of their parents. Jaye is one of these true borns, and the story is told from her perspective. They one day discover that there is still one man left on Earth, but in his madness, he only seeks the destruction of the Mars colony.

I really wanted to like this book. I think the idea of creating a whole generation with autistic traits was a great idea to make us understand how autistic minds work. I just had troubles believing it. For somebody who has lived abroad, these differences and the attitude of wanting to be different from their parents do not feel realistic. On the other hand, I wanted to find an explanation to why many (but not all) of the true born were autistic, but this was not clear.

I also had issues with the madman wanting to annihilate the last survivors. I know it is a figure often used in post-apocalyptic stories and thrillers, but it does not feel credible to me.

I found very difficult to connect with Jaye, and her detached view of the world. I wanted to understand her and justify her actions but I was just not able to.

Jennifer Jill Araya did a great job narrating this book, providing a quite plain speech for Jaye, which was what the text just needed, although this made it hard to focus on the book. I

It was an interesting book, but no the easiest to get into. It was okay, but there were too many issues preventing me from fully enjoying it.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Story (Plot)
Overall: three-half-stars