52 Weeks, 52 Books – Book 12

I’ll be honest, I had some high hopes for this series as the premise certainly seemed unique and creative. I should have known not to get my hopes up. The Colony Mars trilogy (which has now been joined by a fourth book) revolves around Dr. Jann Malbec, a reluctant astronaut who is sent to Mars as part of a mission to investigate what happened to the first privately-funded colony on the Red Planet. Through a series of adventures and misfortunes more suited to a Scooby-Doo adventure than a novel trilogy.

I was kind of hoping that this would be a somewhat serious look at what happens when you don’t have any societal structures except what you build on your own. In fact, there were lots of opportunities for interesting conversations about ethics, morality, and beliefs…but none of them were had beyond more than a superficial level. From human cloning, to genetic engineering, to the creation of a new species of human, there were all sorts of interesting conversations to be had…but they all really came down to “slavery is wrong” and “people are more important than resources”.

What could have been a very good and thought-provoking series ended up being a middling action series with no major plot twists and lots of easily-anticipated and well-trod paths. It’s not a bad series to waste some time with, but don’t expect anything more than a good action series.

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