The Patriots of Mars: The God That Failed

Rating: Unrated
The Patriots of Mars: The God That Failed

In the not-too-distant future, Earth’s resources are mostly exhausted, and exploitation of Mars keeps at least some of the corporate types busy. Against this unhappy backdrop, an unknown organization dubbed the Patriots of Mars has taken over a freighter, jettisoned its cargo, and presented a list of demands, which those corporate types were disinclined to meet. Caught up in all this brouhaha is teenager Josh Reynolds, who works in a mine and occasionally communicates with a spiritual-ish entity known only as the Guide; eventually he figures out that what’s going on is far more complicated than an effort to be heard by a bunch of unknown dissidents. The fact that Josh is technically an adolescent presumably makes this a Young Adult novel; but Patriots is longer and more complex than your average YA series, and Faria has a genuine gift for storytelling — and for inverting standard space-opera tropes. There’s not a dull chapter in the lot. A second volume is reportedly on the way.