Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas
Retta Heikkinen knows the unspoken rule of society: love between androids and humans is forbidden. A simple enough edict until Hemingway Koskinen spends an evening charming her with his intense gaze, bewitching smile, and sparkling conversation that hints at so much more than the usual obsessions of high school boys. Rules were meant to be cast aside, especially when love beckons.
If only it were as simple as being in love.
Trouble is brewing, not just for Hemingway--for all androids. Secrets have been kept, lies propagated, and Retta soon discovers that a frightening future awaits thousands of androids if she doesn’t do something to stop it. Worse yet, she will lose the one love she’s ever endangered herself for: Hemingway.
"Nothing like I've read before. A true original story! Everything is so well described. Now if they could make a follow up book and movie, that would be great!" ~Mrs. Z (Amazon)
"I was addicted to this book from the beginning. Life on Mars was very real and not at all a sci fi world I didn't understand . . . I found myself rooting for Retta and Hemingway from the very beginning. Easy reading, couldn't put it down and had it read in a weekend. Waiting for a sequel!" ~TNielsen (Amazon)
"The ending of this book is exceptional. While it was different from what I imagined, the way the author brought in a shocking revelation was amazing. I probably reread the last chapter 3 times letting it sink in and the meaning behind it. It was truly beautiful . . . I would love to see more of Retta and Hemingway!" ~Kat Meyer, (Goodreads)
"I love how the author populated Mars . . . so descriptive and comprehensive . . . I could clearly picture everything as if I was seeing the movie &/or was along for the ride. . . . Retta, the main character, is strong, opinionated, and a great champion for her cause." ~Megan (Amazon)
"I had been in the worst reading slump ever and came across this on Goodreads and thought I'd give it a try. Well, I was pleasantly surprised on how funny and exciting and mysterious it was . . . Mei, Retta's bff, had me laughing out loud quite a bit as well as Retta herself. I'd definitely hang out with those two." ~Deanneluvbooks (Goodreads)
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The World of Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas
Blue Hearts of Mars takes place on—you guessed it—Mars. What's weird is that even if we had the capacity to go to Mars, I would never go. Because I'm a chicken. Just like I'd never go on an ocean cruise, I never want to go to space. At least, not until space is so outfitted that it resembles a freeway through a busy city.
I just know that if I ever did go out into space, it would turn into Apollo 13 and I'd be stranded out there and die. Or, a hull would break open and I would end up floating through space like in a Ray Bradbury short story. I think that's what actually turned me off to space travel in the first place—a Ray Bradbury short story about that exact thing.
So, in Blue Hearts of Mars, there are seven colonies, named after cities from the countries that fronted the money to send ships to settle Mars. The androids were sent first, prior to any manned missions, and they prepared Mars for the eventual human colonists.
When Retta's story takes place, it's about two hundred years later and android society has mingled with human society, though androids are considered inferior (surprise!). Romantic relationships between androids and humans are forbidden. However, determining just who is an android is often difficult unless an android's tell is obvious. Not all of them are.
The settlements are under domes until an atmosphere develops, which will render them needless. Retta and Hemingway live in New Helsinki, a mostly Finnish settlement, where Retta's father is a botanist and Hemingway's mother is a synthetic life engineer. The colonies are connected by a protected rail system that was built by the early androids.
When Retta meets Hemingway, one of the first things she notices about him is his eyes, it looks like he has galaxies in them. His tell. He's good looking, mysterious, and interested in her. Will she let the fact that he's an android stop her from falling in love? Read and find out!
Author Nicole Grotepas
Nicole wrote her first fantasy novel in 7th grade on her mother's old Brother typewriter. It was never finished but it strongly resembled a Dragonlance plot and she's forever wondered what happened to the manuscript and Tonathan--the handsome elven protagonist. After living in Nashville where she worked as an editor, she returned to the Utah desert where she was raised. Nicole now lives near the Wasatch mountains with her husband. She writes and raises her son and three cats full time.
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