Mars Crossing

Mars Crossing

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In the fourth decade of the twenty-first century, humans have been to Mars twicebut neither expedition successfully returned. Now, with worldwide interest in manned Mars exploration on the wane, a third expedition has made it by eking out resources from a combination of public and private sponsorship. But from the moment of their landing, everything begins to go wrong. The astronauts only hope of survival lies in trekking halfway across the surface of Mars itself a journey to the limits of human endurance.
Publisher: New York: Tor, 2000
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312872014
0312872011
Characteristics: 330 p. ; 25 cm

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CrispinatorN Nov 23, 2012

Landis writes a decent, but implausible book about an error filled trip to Mars after multiple previous failed trips to Mars. The initial set-up is quite believable and the characters are strong and full of human spirit, but the end trek, that of the title, would never happen; certainly not without the help of significant pieces of equipment or help from Earth they didn't have. Landis' writing is decent and I made it all the way through, but the extremely short chapters and the fact that I wasn't fully engaged with the characters were taking a toll on the likeability of the novel.

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