Sunday, 15 September 2013

Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas

 Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Nicole Grotepas and Netgalley.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Blue Hearts of MarsSeventeen-year-old Retta Heikkinen is in love with a boy--a thoroughly gorgeous, captivating, and mysterious boy known as Hemingway. The situation is rather ideal: he likes her, she likes him. There's just one little problem.

He's a blue heart, an android.

Being in a relationship is its own complicated mess, but how long can a forbidden love last? Soon Retta discovers a secret that could destroy the uneasy truce between the blue hearts and humans, which makes life under the domes on Mars possible. Would exposing what she knows make things better or worse? And how can she know for certain without exposing the secret?

Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blue Hearts of Mars(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Nicole Grotepas and Netgalley.)
17-year-old Retta finds herself falling in love, with an android. Hemingway makes her heart flutter, and she really want to be with him, even if it is illegal.

Retta doesn’t care about the law though, and she doesn’t care what people think either, but Hemingway wants her to stay away from him in case other people victimise her for her opinions.
Should ‘Blue Hearts’ (androids) be allowed to have relationships with humans? Should they really be treated as second class citizens? And can Retta and Hemingway find a way to be together?

This was an interesting sci-fi story about racism and love.

Retta was a character who followed her heart. She wasn’t a rebel, but she wasn’t afraid to stand by her opinions either, although at times I worried that she might look foolish rather than brave.

I liked the storyline in this book, and it basically boiled down to a story about racism, where the humans felt that they were better, and worth more than the androids, which was obviously very unfair. I liked where the storyline took us later in the book, and felt that the government plant hat Retta uncovered was quite an interesting twist. I also liked the other twist that was revealed towards the end of the book.
The romance in this one was obviously of the forbidden variety, which made Retta and Hemingway a sci-fi Romeo and Juliet. Thankfully this romance turned out a lot better than that one, but I did think that one of the things that Retta and Hemingway did as a couple at about the 75% mark was quite rash (and no, don’t worry, it wasn’t anything weird or kinky) but they basically went from barely speaking to each other, to declaring their undying love for each other within a matter of hours, which for me seemed a little rushed.

The ending was okay, although I wasn’t really sure about how quickly everything seemed to be resolved.
Overall; an okay sci-fi Romeo and Juliet story about racism.
6.5 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. I always wondered about this one. Sounds interesting.