SFF

Martians Abroad

Tor. Jan. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9780765382207. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466886476. SF
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Growing up on Mars, Polly Newton has always dreamed of becoming a starship pilot. Leaving the colony and traveling the galaxy is finally within her grasp, until her mother, president of the Mars Colony, decides to send Polly and twin brother Charles to Galileo Academy on Earth—the one place Polly never wanted to see. As Polly and Charles are introduced to life at the academy, Polly has a difficult time fitting in with the antagonistic Earth teens and accepting that she has limited choices. Charles, on the other hand, uses his smarts to ease his transition, while cautioning his sister about deeper motives at work. As unusual circumstances begin to affect some of their classmates, Polly and Charles need to discover the truth before these incidents turn deadly.
VERDICT Vaughn, moving away from her popular "Kitty Norville" urban fantasies, has penned a riveting sf stand-alone tale with broad YA crossover appeal.

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