Posts tagged ‘mars’
I’m on a bit of an unintentional planet Mars kick right now. This time, we land on the planet to follow Durango, a Regulator (which is kind of like a samurai or warrior) who has sworn to finish a job his fellow colleagues thought he was crazy to take in the first place – teach a group of the planet’s miners to defeat the dreaded Dreau, a fearsome-looking tribe who believe the miners are hiding treasure within the subterranean tunnels of Outpost Fisher Four – the south pole of Mars. Quite an entourage joins Durango in his fight; including his beautiful, fearless charge Vienne (yes, eye-roll here, sparks fly, but it’s a cool romance) and his former chief, Mimi, who has been implanted into Durango’s brain as artificial intelligence.
Read it if: you like a rollicking, almost swashbuckling-style adventure with really well crafted action sequences.
What separates it from the masses: is Mimi and her dialogue with Durango. For a character who is incorporated into the body of another person, she sure does have an enormous presence – bright, bubbly, sassy, and wicked to her host.
If it were a movie: it would go gagbusters. The dialogue! The action! And from the get go, in my head, Mimi was voiced by Kristin Chenoweth – that dry, quick southern US accent and rapier wit suits her perfectly. (Hmm, seems I’ve been watching too much West Wing…)
Details for parents: it’s violent, there’s blood, mainly inhuman things die, but it’s not overly descriptive. Expletives are delightfully ye olde worlde like – what a great word is carking!
Action! Adventure! Hilarity! Join Durango and his motley crew of mercenaries as they try to make a living on a futuristic, militarised Mars. This book is absolutely fantastic and had an iron grip on my attention the moment I cracked the spine! Amelia