3 out of 4 stars
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Adam Jones is excited to begin the holidays. On the last day of school, there is speculation about the mysterious structure that NASA discovered on the planet Mars. He realizes that he is being followed as he makes his way home. Could he be in danger and what could anyone want with an ordinary kid like himself? Adam is surprised when his parents seem to be anxious over the discovery by NASA. Why are they concerned?
The substantial age difference between Adam and his sister, Jane, had caused Adam to feel like an outsider in his family. The adults, that is his parents and sister, always seemed to have a knowledge and understanding that Adam could not be part of. The discovery of the structure on Mars changes all this as Adam’s life takes a drastic change. This is the story of Martian Jones as written by Dan Boulet. The story is written in the third person with a special focus on Adam. The story is easy to follow. The story is plot-driven, with minimal descriptions of the characters' backgrounds and motivations.
I had a great appreciation of how the author made an effort to make the story a plausible one despite it being fiction. He made use of actual science and history and skillfully wove these into his story. The author did not make use of profanity and the story is free of erotic scenes. Although there is mention of God and prayer, the book is suitable for people of any religion as there are no religious teachings of any nature.
The downside to this book was that I found some sections getting boring as there were too many technical details. As much as science fascinates me; these turned out to be a bit too much. I think young adults would agree with me on that.
The kindle version of this book puts the contents page at the end of the book, making it of no use. The major problem with the kindle version of this book, however, is the page numbering. This relatively short book spans 2962 pages as a result of faulty numbering which jumps from page 3 to page 11, from page 13 to page 18 and so on. Besides that, the book had a few minor errors which did not detract me from reading. There are also some violent scenes, but these were not graphic.
Overall, it is an interesting science fiction story with science that sounds almost plausible. There are enough twists and surprises to keep the reader interested. I would recommend dialling down on the technical details, so as to keep the story flow engaging. I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars as a result of the structural issues mentioned above. I recommend the book to young adults who are fascinated by space travel and astronomy.
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