Arabella of Mars

Arabella of Mars

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A century after Captain Kidd's first expedition to Mars, Arabella Ashby is set to leave her Martian plantation home for London to learn to be a lady, until her home is threatened and she joins the crew of a Mars Trading Company ship disguised as a boy.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765382818
0765382814
Branch Call Number: SF/Fantasy Lev
Characteristics: 350 pages ; 22 cm

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JessicaGma Jul 10, 2018

This is definitely the steampunk lovechild of a Patrick O'Brien tale mixed with Jules Verne. Arabella needs to get to Mars to save her brother from the machinations of her cousin. It's a different type of tale from other steampunk ones, but quite interesting.

KateHillier Jul 19, 2017

This was great fun. I don't tend to go in for steampunk stories, and I still probably wouldn't say this is entirely a steampunk book, but a good story is a good story. Arabella Ashby, a girl born and raised on Mars with all the freedom and without the standard young lady in early 19th century England proprieties, then sent back to Earth with her mother and young sisters is an intriguing idea on its own. Did I mention that in this world space travel happens way sooner? And it's with airships?

That's how we lead but when news of a threat on her brother, who still lives on Mars, reaches her. Arabella ends up disguised as a boy and joins the crew of an airship in order to get passage there.

There are plenty of books out there were a girl disguises herself as a boy to get something done but it's the environment and the world, and how she's treated later that makes this one stand out from the crowd a bit. I'm eager to keep reading.

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shayshortt
Aug 03, 2016

Mary Jo Putney’s blurb on the back of the book describes this novel as the “delicious love child of Jane Austen, Patrick O’Brian, and Jules Verne.” The first comparison is perhaps the biggest stretch. The book is set during the Regency period, and an entailed estate does feature prominently in the plot, but in tone and action, there is really no similarity. But the action is reminiscent of Verne, and Levine credits the inspiration for the airship aspects of the novel to O’Brian’s books, and a great deal of attention is lavished on the sailing and navigation parts of the tale. Full review: https://shayshortt.com/2016/08/02/arabella-of-mars/

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Aug 03, 2016

Born and raised on Mars, Arabella Ashby find herself dragged by to Earth so that her mother can turn her into a proper English lady before it is too late, and she destroys her marriage prospects with her tomboyish behaviour. But when her home and family on Mars are threatened, Arabella disguises herself and takes a job as a captain’s boy aboard the Marsman Diana in order to get herself home as soon as possible. But the journey between Earth and Mars is not without its dangers, and every delay threatens the timeliness of her news, or the revelation of her secret. And there is no time to waste, for the life of a family member hangs in the balance.

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Aug 03, 2016

“Here she could exercise her mind in a way her mother, indeed all of English society, would never tolerate in a girl or even a grown woman. In these moments all shame at her continued deception fell away, replaced by anger at the opportunities denied her by her sex.”

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