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Arabella of Mars

By David D. Levine
Arabella of Mars by David D. Levine digital book - Fable

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“A fanciful romp through a cosmic 1812, Hugo Award–winning Levine’s first novel is a treat for steampunk fantasy fans.” —Library Journal (starred review)
 
Born on Mars, sixteen-year-old Arabella Ashby enjoys many more freedoms than most girls her age, tramping around the desert with her older brother. But that liberty is not to last. Finding Mars much too unladylike for her daughters, Arabella’s mother takes the girls back to London, where they’re sure to find suitable husbands among the ton.
 
Weighed down by Earth’s gravity—and her own unhappiness—Arabella dearly misses her father and their shared passion for automata. When she learns of his death, she also uncovers her cousin’s devious plot to travel to Mars, murder her brother, and claim the family inheritance for himself.
 
To foil his dastardly plans, Arabella disguises herself as a boy to gain employment on an airship to Mars. Though she is valued by the captain for her talent with the automaton navigator he invented, she must survive French privateers, mutiny, and her own unmasking, only to reach a Mars embroiled in rebellion . . .
 
“If Edgar Rice Burroughs, Jules Verne, and Patrick O’Brien had sat down together to compose a tale to amuse Jane Austen, the result might be Arabella of Mars. So. Much. Fun!” —Madeleine Robins, author of the Sarah Tolerance Regency mystery series
 
“A very clever and entertaining start to a memorable saga.” —Kim Stanley Robinson, New York Times–bestselling author
 
“Arabella, a human teenager born on Mars, is catapulted into adventure in a tale that cleverly combines some of the most intriguing elements of steampunk and classic science fiction.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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7 Reviews

3.5
“Cute and straight to formula story. I wasn't aware it was more tween/ya before I started it. I would recommend it for that age group. Arabella is feisty young lady that got put in a rough situation and dig deep and found her way out”
“This was such a fun book. The adventure was exciting, the old tropes seemed fresh, and the writing was excellent. I really enjoyed Arabella and her character, the plot and her journey, and the setting. The time period and setting was super cool, I enjoyed the ships and how they space travelled. It was definitely a cool concept and something I haven't seen/ read before. The descriptions were vivid, and really helped paint a picture in my head of what Arabella was looking at and her surroundings. This book was so easy to read and I really enjoyed the writing - it was fast paced, and the writing flowed quite well to tell the story. The plot was definitely not entirely original, but I did enjoy Levine's take on it and how he worked in the Martians, the ship voyage, and the time period. The characters were quite well developed. I'm hoping to see more from the side characters in the next instalment, but I definitely felt like they had substance. Arabella felt very realistic, and I enjoyed how she took charge and made it to Mars, and how she used her knowledge to the best of her abilities. I am excited to read more in this world with these characters!”
“You know how you read a book and love it so much you look for the same experience again and again? Well this took me right back to 7th grade when I read The True Confessions of Charlottes Doyle. It has many surprising similarities that gave me the feeling of reading that favorite for the first time, and many differences that I enjoyed too. Of all the dress like a boy and become a sailor stories I've read over the years, this is now my fav! Gah, it was so good all the way through!!!”

About David D. Levine

David D. Levine is the author of the Andre Norton Award–winning novel Arabella of Mars, sequels Arabella and the Battle of Venus and Arabella the Traitor of Mars, and more than fifty science fiction and fantasy stories. His story “Tk’Tk’Tk” won the Hugo Award, and he has been shortlisted for several other prizes including the Nebula, Campbell, and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Awards. His short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Clarkesworld magazine, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Tor.com, numerous anthologies, and his award-winning collection Space Magic. His latest novel is The Kuiper Belt Job.
 

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