Steampunk Adventure Arabella of Mars Has Arrived
OK. It’s summer, and you’ve just finished a grim but engaging apocalyptic tale about nanobots gone wild. (And no, that doesn’t mean the nanobots are flashing people.) You reach over to your end table for another book and *gasp*, THERE’S NOTHING THERE! Oh no! What do you do? Well, hurry and find yourself a copy of Arabella of Mars, of course. Tor has released sci-fi and fantasy author David D. Levine’s debut steampunk adventure novel, and it’s generating a lot of praise.
It earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly, who said that “Arabella is a fully realized character, daring and willing to risk everything to protect the brother she loves and the legacy that her father has left them. Her wits and cleverness save the ship and crew more than once in this rousing swashbuckler.” Kim Stanley Robinson, the Hugo and Nebula award-winning author of the Mars Trilogy praised it as “a very clever and entertaining start to a memorable saga.” And over on Tor, columnist Liz Bourke, though she expressed reservations about some elements of the book, said, “Arabella of Mars is a romp, and an accomplished one—no surprise, considering that Levine has already won awards for his short fiction.”
One of the awards to which she refers is the prestigious Hugo award, which Levine won in 2006 for his story Tk’Tk’Tk. OK. Just in case that’s not enough to pique your interest, here’s the official synopsis for the book, and a book trailer:
Arabella of Mars Synopsis
Ever since Newton witnessed a bubble rising from his bathtub, mankind has sought the stars. When William III of England commissioned Capt. William Kidd to command the first expedition to Mars in the late 1600s, they proved that space travel was both possible and profitable.
Now, one century later, a plantation in a flourishing British colony on Mars is home to Arabella Ashby, a young woman who is perfectly content growing up in the untamed frontier. But days spent working on complex automata with her father or stalking her brother Michael with her Martian nanny is not the proper behavior of an English lady. That is something her mother plans to remedy with a move to an exotic world Arabella has never seen: London, England.
However, when events transpire that threaten her home on Mars, Arabella decides that sometimes doing the right thing is far more important than behaving as expected. Now Arabella just has to weather the naval war currently raging between Britain and France, learn how to sail, and deal with a mutinous crew…if she hopes to save her family remaining on Mars.
Sounds like a lot of fun, right? So head on over to Amazon and grab yourself a copy, before you face the dreaded “empty end table” scenario. Also, if you interested in reading a little more first, Tor has provided the first three chapters as a preview. And if you end up reading Arabella of Mars, let us know what you think in the comments!
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